Hip Boutiques, Art Deco Gems & Rooftop Vistas: The Evolution of Downtown LA | Part Two

Los Angeles, CA

  • The chandelier hanging from the rotunda. Photo: eye8dtla.
  • Books flying off the shelves.
  • Entrance to The Last Bookstore.
  • The Title & Guarantee Building.
  • Mural 1: La Brea Tar Pits.
  • The Art Deco facade on the Oviatt Building.
  • The glass-filled lobby of the Oviatt.
  • The domed rotunda of the Central Library.
  • Approach the library from the southern entrance.
  • Views of the  US Bank Tower from the roof.
  • Topiary on the roof of the Standard.

3 hours
1.4 mi
Guided by Ian
Ian Donahue


The stroll through the Historic Core of downtown Los Angeles offers portals into the city's founding, roaring heyday, crumble into decay, and today's trendy revival. Join us as we explore hip stores, Art Deco architecture, public spaces, and little-known vistas of the city skyline. This is the story of how Los Angeles began and where it is heading.

About Your Guide

I am the head of product at a VR company, but in my free time, you can find me hiking to the Hollywood sign, ordering craft cocktails downtown, biking on the boardwalk in Santa Monica, and sampling bulgogi in Koreatown.

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Guide Points

  1. The Last Bookstore

    As you can tell by its name, the Last Bookstore is a place with a sense of humor. It turns out that it is also a place with a fun interior …

  2. Pershing Square

    There are some great mid-century buildings surrounding the park. Before we venture too far into Pershing Square, it is worth exploring the…

  3. Oviatt Building

    The hat business was a good one in the 1920s; it funded the construction of this Art Deco masterpiece. Completed in 1928, the building hou…

  4. Los Angeles Central Library

    Our second to last guide point is the iconic headquarters of the LA Public Library. Completed in 1926, the sprawling Art Deco monolith fla…

  5. The Biergarten on the roof of The Standard Hotel

    A Munich-inspired beer garden sits on the roof of the very-hipster Standard Hotel. This is the perfect place to rest your feet after an ex…

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