Sunday, November 10, 2013

L.A. Arts District Tour

Murals and graffiti in L.A.'s Arts District

The L.A. Arts District is located directly east of downtown and west of the Los Angeles River, along 3rd and 4th Streets. Agricultural land when the city was first developed in the mid-19th century, before becoming industrial throughout most of the 20th century, this area is now home to budding artists and architects. It's a part of town we know nothing about, so we were thrilled to take today's L.A. Conservancy Arts District tour and learn more. Here's what we saw:

Interior of the former Santa Fe railroad
freight house (1906) renovated
of Architecture (SCI-Arc) campus (2001)

Amazing modular conference table in the
SCI-Arc library

Conference table detail

The Pickle Works: one of the last surviving L.A. 
Victorian-era warehouses (1888) that eventually 
became home to several artists in the 1970s

Sign used to designate an artist's barely legal residence: 
red = fire hazard; blue = unsafe conditions; 
yellow = unstable masonry; A = artist-in-residence

Looking down on the Pickle Works 
from the 1st St. bridge

Graffiti and stairs up to the 1st St. bridge

Old street lamp

Old and new: looking west towards 
downtown L.A.

The American Hotel (1905), originally built 
as housing for African Americans, many of
whom worked as Pullman car porters on
nearby trains

American Hotel detail: ground-floor used to be the site
of Al's Bar, home to one of L.A.'s most famous punk
rock and grunge scenes

warehouse  (1913),where wire cables were made for the 
Brooklyn Bridge

Roebling warehouse is now the site of Angel City

We also saw lots and lots of phenomenal murals:


Anonymous said...

Amazing. Great pics and commentary, Cindy.
-Andrea Freeland

Anonymous said...

Amazing. Great pics and commentary, Cindy.
-Andrea Freeland