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Stroll 7th Street With the Los Angeles Conservancy

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Thursday, November 04, 2010, at 12:22PM
7th Street Postcard Courtesy L.A. Conservancy

Vintage postcard from the collection of Marlene Laskey.

On Sunday, November 7, the Los Angeles Conservancy will host a one-time-only tour of Downtown’s 7th Street to help those with an interest unravel its history and identify historic buildings with architectural significance.

Urban archaeologists taking the one-mile stroll will be granted access to the new and old Downtown—from residential lofts to a former rotating restaurant.

The “open-house” tour of 7th between Figueroa and Los Angeles spans the Financial, Jewelry, Theatre, and Fashion Districts, showcasing buildings that date back to the early 20th century.

Scheduled stops include the Fine Arts Building (1926), known for its Ernest Batchelder tiled lobby and the Broadway Plaza (1973), which is considered the first U.S. “megastructure,” combining a hotel with office and retail space. The tour will take you to the now-closed circular glass rotating restaurant atop the Sheraton Hotel.

Other stops include the Roosevelt Building rooftop, Brock & Co. (now home to Seven Grand Whiskey Bar), Coulter Dry Good Company & Henning Building (now The Mandel lofts), St. Vincent’s Court, Hellman Commercial Trust & Savings Bank, Overell’s (now Dearden’s Home Furnishings) and Santee Court.

Guides from the Los Angeles Conservancy will point out more than twenty other sites along the route, including where dining and nightlife are thriving. The “Strolling on 7th Street” tour is Sunday, November 7, from 10am to 4pm. Tickets are $30 for the general public, $25 for L.A. Conservancy members, and $10 for children ages 12 and under. For more information, visit laconservancy.org.

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