Thursday, March 31, 2005

Spring on Downtown's Spring Street! Sunday April 3rd Walking Tour!!

The Los Angeles Conservancy is celebrating Spring on Spring Street with a behind-the-scenes look at historic landmarks that are coming back to life with surprising new uses.

What was once known as the Wall Street of the West is now home to a National Register Historic District, hip new lofts, night spots, art vibrant future. Spring Street is a microcosm of downtown's renewal, as showcased in a special, one-day tour on Sunday, April 3, 2005 from 10:00 - 4:00 PM. The self-guided tour will include:

Art galleries along Gallery Row -- 10 galleries will be open specifically for the tour.

The immense bank vaults beneath the 1911 Los Angeles Trust and Savings Bank building,which are being converted into a cocktail lounge.

The 1913 El Dorado Hotel,closed to the public and remarkably intact from its heyday.

A nightclub on the trading floor of the former Pacific Stock Exchange

Brand-new lofts in the century-old Douglas Building and 1924 Mercantile Arcade building.

The 1906 Alexandria Hotel, L.A.'s premier hotel at the turn of the 20th century, featuring the 196-foot Palm Court with a spectacular stained-glass ceiling.

The magnificent Globe Lobby in the 1935 Los Angeles Times building, with 10-foot-high murals by Hugo Ballin that were covered for nearly 30 years.

Tickets are $25 for Los Angeles Conservancy members, $30 for the general public, and $15 for children 12 and under.

Over 900 tickets sold! Due to overwhelming demand, we are no longer taking advance orders. Tickets will be available for purchase the day of the tour at the LA Times Building.

The LA Times Building is located at 202 W. First St. (SW corner of 1st and Spring Streets). Parking is available in the surface lot on Spring Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets. Covered parking is also available on Spring Street between 3rd and 4th Streets.

Proceeds benefit the LA Conservancy's efforts to recognize, preserve, and revitalize the historic resources of downtown and greater Los Angeles.

"Spring on Spring" is generously sponsored by Bank of America. Additional sponsors are Killefer Flammang Architects and Paul Su/Spring Arts Tower. Patron sponsors are Gilmore Associates, David Lawrence Gray Architects, and Spring Towers LLC/City Loft LLC/Izek Shomof.

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