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Splurge this Sun: LA Conservancy's 7th St. Tour

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

I love walking around the city. I still believe that's the best way to truly take in a city. Los Angeles is known for its car culture, but just this Sunday, the Los Angeles Conservancy is upping the stakes by opening a one-day only tour of historic Seventh Street with a live readings inspired by the street after.

The tour is pricier than their usual tours (at $30, instead of $10) but the stops look like they're worth it. Here are some stops that caught my eye:

Brock & Co. (Seven Grand)
Dodd and Richards, 1922

Once dubbed the “Tiffany’s of California,” Brock’s provided jewelry and china to an elite clientele. The building later housed Clifton’s Silver Spoon cafeteria and now serves as home to the super-hip whiskey bar Seven Grand. Guests will have the chance to pore over original ledgers from Brock & Co., including a 1920s diamond register with intricate sketches of jewelry pieces.

St. Vincent’s Court

A unique urban space, St. Vincent’s Court is at the heart of the former Bullock’s Department Store complex. Still a working alley, this dead-end street has eclectic charm and a surprising history.

Broadway Plaza (Macy’s Plaza)
Charles Luckman Associates, 1973

This plaza is one of the few modern buildings on Seventh and was one of the first "megastructures" in the U.S., combining a hotel with office and retail space. Guests will visit the circular glass Polaris Room atop the Sheraton Hotel, once a rotating restaurant known as Angel's Flight and now used only for private events.
Los Angeles Conservancy
Sunday, November 7, 2010
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$25 L.A. Conservancy members, $30 general public, $10 kids 12 and under
Buy tickets here.

P.S. Thanks for the tip, Sam!


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