Historic Downtown Tour (part 1)

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I have been really excited about the tour I did last Saturday with a group from InterNations. We went to Downtown LA, a place I had only been visiting before during nighttime to enjoy the amazing views from different rooftop bars, but this time I did a 2 hour guided Historic Walking Tour. History in America has a different timeline than in Europe, as LA was founded in the year of 1781,being quite a young city. So most of the historic lessons we got were based on the past 100 years, instead of the last 3000 when for example visiting Rome 😉 But even though it was a small time frame it was really interesting. The first buildings in Downtown are mainly of a classical design like the 4 star Millenium Biltmore Hotel, which opened in 1923, designed by Schultze & Weaver. Then architecture developed into an Art Deco style like the Los Angeles Central Library and the One Bunker Hill Building, one of the first all-electrically heated and cooled buildings constructed in the western United States in 1931. All the history was really interesting, and I loved getting an update about different design periods. Everything built in Los Angeles was influences by architectural design from the East cost of the United States or the western hemisphere at this time. When looking at buildings in New York you can definitely see the similarities. We also went inside a couple of buildings, which interior design was simply beautiful. Other interesting spots were Broadway, the Central Market, where a friend and me had lunch later, and of course the Central Library. Our tour was distracted a bit by two helicopters that were constantly “chasing” each other, filming a movie. Unfortunately I could not figure out which. Our tour guide was a really nice lady, I was wondering all the time, how it is possible to remember all those dates and names, but I guess if you really love something it is easy, and she really seemed to love what she is doing 🙂 Untitled-1


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