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The Flâneur & The City: Broadway Streetscape Master Plan Awareness walking tour

Date: Sunday, July 28
Time: 2:30pm
Location: Les Noces du Figaro
618 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Free event, reservations required from

In July 2013, LAVA is launching a series of six monthly walking tours along Broadway meant to raise consciousness about the Broadway Theater and Commercial District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the pending implementation of Strategy One, Phase One of the City of Los Angeles’ Broadway Streetscape Master Plan (PDF). Each walking tour will follow and depart from the free LAVA Sunday Salon.

Stretching from 2nd Street to Olympic, the District contains the most intact collection of Beaux-Arts buildings in Los Angeles, and the largest collection of historic theaters anywhere in the United States.

As Broadway’s vast scope and scale can be overwhelming, each walking tour will look closely at several different historic buildings, in order to acclimatize the observer to better understand and appreciate the whole. Other parts of the tour will include historic streetscape, with attention paid to street lights, sidewalks (terrazzo in particular), basement hatches, sidewalk vents, glass blocks, manhole covers, granite curbs and signage.

Tour guides are Nick Matonak (Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation), Mike the PoeT and Richard Schave (Esotouric/LAVA). Tour will be a walk along South Broadway, between 6th and 8th Streets, with a focus on the following locations:

Wurlitzer Building
St. Vincent Court
Palace Theater
Yorkshire Apartments