You can be forgiven if you thought the oldest buildings in LA were from the late 80s. Among the things we’re known for, historic preservation doesn’t rank very high. But between the strip malls and modern developments, LA is remarkably full of architectural history.
As one of many examples, take a walk down Broadway in downtown and look around you - the facades and lobbies of the art deco and beaux-art skyscrapers, the stunning theaters, grand department stores and banks - there’s a rich history here and our Angelino ancestors have left an impressive footprint. Or you go a little more recent and take in the countless mid-century masterpieces that dot our city - from the space-age theme building at LAX to the modernist case study homes in the Hollywood Hills.
While appreciation for the past has grown, it’s not a given that these iconic structures are safe from development and the Los Angeles Conservancy has been leading the charge to protect them against destruction. Recently, they were instrumental in preventing the demolition of the iconic Century Plaza Hotel. Education is also a major initiative of the organization and they engage the public with (highly recommended!) walking tours and events. Their website also has a great resource for mapping historic buildings and exploring LA.
We’re all for LA's growth and development, but not at the expense of our cultural history and the places that give the city its character. Now in it’s 40th year, the Los Angeles Conservancy has been on the frontlines of the movement to preserve our past, for our future.
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