Downtown LA's Art Deco Architecture: Private Walking Tour in Los Angeles, CA

Travel CuriousMeeting Location: In front of the "Homebound Brew Haus"Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Explore some of the most incredible Art Deco buildings on a private Los Angeles Architecture Tour with personal guide. Enjoy the history of the breathtaking architecture of downtown L.A. and get a full introduction to the Art Deco and Beaux-Arts styles as you pass by the city’s beloved sites. The walking tour finishes at the famous Santee Alley outdoor market.

up to 3 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

  • Learn about the Art Deco and Beaux-Arts movement that defined downtown LA's architecture!
  • Tour is approx. 3 hours.
  • Tour is suitable for intellectually curious guests.
  • Appropriate for all ages.
  • Food, drinks and transportation are not included on this tour.
  • This is an exclusive guided walking tour.


from Downtown LA's Art Deco Architecture: Private Walking Tour
Immerse yourself in the largely unknown architectural splendor of downtown Los Angeles, and explore some of the most incredible buildings with geometric patterns, brilliant colors, and luxurious materials that characterized Art Deco. On your private walking tour of Downtown Los Angeles, you will:

-Meet your guide and learn from a full introduction to Art Deco and Beaux-Arts movement.
-See spectacular buildings adorned with marble columns and features like verticality observed in old offices that are now converted to luxury lofts.
-Explore several of the city’s most beloved sites, including Union Station and the Biltmore Hotel.
-See various architectural styles and features on display, from green terra cotta to Greek columns and Romanesque Revival styles.
-Finish your tour at Santee Alley, where you can explore one of LA’s most well-known outdoor markets.
-Be sure to get recommendations for places to eat in the area because downtown is now known for its thriving foodie scene!

When one thinks about Los Angeles, images of beaches, Beverly Hills, sunshine, and the glamorous life of the rich and the famous all come to mind, but what about downtown LA? For years, downtown was rarely seen as safe, let alone as a major travel destination. But in recent years, all of that has changed, especially as businesses and developers clean up some of the city’s recognizable highrises, which were largely built in the 1920s and 1930s in spectacular art-deco fashion.

On your private tour, you will see glimmering marble columns, an art-deco library saved from demolition, Greek temples, and buildings designed to emulate the Paris exposition of 1925. You’ll wander through the jewelry district and see one of LA’s old movie theatre companies, which still evokes the feelings of ‘Old Hollywood’. Your tour will end in Santee Alley, where your guide will take you through a bit of the market before parting with you. Your guide will be the best source of food advice for downtown, so be sure not to miss out on all the spots where you can go on a culinary adventure.

- Private guide.
- Plenty of time to take photos of your favorite places.

- Gratuities, food & drink are not included.
- Transportation.
- Hotel pickup/drop-off.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Downtown LA's Art Deco Architecture: Private Walking Tour

Where is the meeting point for this Travel Curious tour?

You will be meeting your guide for the Downtown LA's Art Deco Architecture tour in front of the "Homebound Brew Haus" at Union Station, 800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, or as advised on your e-ticket. Please be at the location 10-15 minutes prior to your tour.

How long is this Travel Curious tour?

The entire Downtown LA private walking tour is approximately 3 hours long.

What is included in the tour package?

You will be given a local English-speaking guide, and an expertly guided walking tour. This tour is suitable for intellectually curious guests of all ages. Their tours are all given in English, but numerous guides may speak other languages. Please contact the number provided on the e-ticket to see if they can accommodate any special requests!

What landmarks will we be on the Downtown Los Angeles Art Deco Architecture tour?

You will be seeing, learning and touring the following history and areas: (1) The Art Deco and Beaux-Arts movement that took the city by storm (2) Union Station and Biltmore Hotel, among other of the city's beloved sites (3) Santee Alley, one of LA's most well-known outdoor markets (4) Other spectacular buildings decorated with Greek and Romanesque Revival styles

Is transportation included?

This is a family-friendly, guided walking tour. Transportation is not included in this Downtown LA Architecture tour.

Is parking provided?

No, but there are multiple parking garages and street parking available near the departure point. One of which is the Union Station West Parking Lots (via Patsaouras Plaza/Metro parking structures at Vignes/Cesar Chavez Streets) which charges according to length of stay, time of the day, and day of the week. Max daily charge is $8 per day. You can also contact the phone number on your e-ticket to ask for advice on how to get to the departure point via car or public transport.

Are there any age/physical/health/etc. restrictions for this tour?

This tour is suitable for all ages. All guests must be at moderate physical fitness as the majority of the LA Architecture Tour will be spent walking.

What should I bring?

Bring your camera and cash on hand for any other purchases or gratuities(optional)!

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing on this Travel Curious tour. Wearing casual clothing and comfortable shoes is recommended.

How many people are on a tour?

This is a private walking tour and your group! All of their private tours are 100% exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.

How does Travel Curious ensure the quality of their guides?

All tour guides currently active go through a vetting process in which they carry out interviews, check previous reviews and employers references if applicable. More importantly, they make sure that these guides provide an excellent experience for the guests.