The LA Conservancy is hosting a self-driving tour on April 30.
For $30 ($25 if you are an LA Conservancy member) you get, among other things, a map to five locations:
- Windsor Square, a charming residential enclave developed largely between 1910 and 1929, and filled with grand homes in a variety of styles.
- Van Nuys, an area of modest Period Revival homes built between 1910 and 1950 representing the area’s transition from pre-1920s agricultural land to a suburban residential haven in the post-WWII era.
- Pico-Union, a treasure trove of significant buildings that reflect L.A.’s architectural evolution from the 1880s to the 1930s, with two National Register Historic Districts inside its boundaries.
- Whitley Heights, a hilltop enclave of Spanish Colonial Revival houses developed between 1918 and 1928 that many of early Hollywood’s elite called home.
- Lincoln Heights, one of L.A.’s first suburbs, with houses built from 1875 to 1929 and filled with landmarks and diverse architectural styles.
In each of the five locations you can tour historic homes and learn about Los Angeles.
In many ways, Ellen Bloom is Los Angeles to me. I’ve known her for several months – she’s part of the Stitch ‘n Bitch group at the Farmer’s Market (meets every Thursday at 7:00 – that’s tonight!). She’s a native Angelino and knows more about LA than anyone else I’ve met. Some of her artwork will be on display at the Whiley Heights location.
I am not sure yet whether I’ll be doing this tour (money is really tight) but it sounds really excellent and I encourage everyone to learn more about our city.