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Historic Core:  In the Footsteps of the Early Pioneers

The public artworks and surrounding monumental architecture of the Historic Core highlight key people and places in the early story of the city. There is Mayor Cristobal Aguilar, responsible for the creation of Pershing Square, called La Plaza Abaja when he governed the city in 1866, and now home to a number of public art pieces. And Biddy Mason, who, from her humble beginnings as a slave who came to Los Angeles on foot, rose to become a wealthy landowner and community leader. There is Giovanni Smeraldi, who imbued the Biltmore Hotel with the high style of the Italian renaissance based on techniques learned during his apprenticeship at the Vatican. These individuals as well as others continue to inspire those who live in the city through their art, architecture and stories. This tour will provide you with a sense of where it all started and of the diverse heritage that makes this city what it is today.

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Sheila Levrant de Bretteville's Biddy Mason: Time and Place


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Tours Intro

1:40 min


Historic Core Intro

0:55 min


Stop 1A:
Pershing Square
Between 5th & 6th Streets and Olive & Hill Streets

5:12 min


Stop 1B:
Pershing Square
Between 5th & 6th Streets and Olive & HIlls Street

6:31 min


Stop 2:
The Biltmore
5th & Olive Streets

3:58 min


Stop 3:
Broadway Theaters
Broadway between 5th & 8th Streets

6:40 min


Stop 4:
Broadway Spring Center
333. S. Spring St.

3:10 min


Stop 5A:
Biddy Mason Park
331 S. Spring St.

6:26 min


Stop 5B:
Biddy Mason Park
331 S. Spring St.

8:32 min


Stop 6:
Bradbury Building
304 S. Broadway

2:38 min


Stop 7:
Grand Central Market
317 S. Broadway

1:30 min


Stop 8:
Hill Street Avenida
Hill St. between 3rd & 4th Streets

2:17 min


Stop 9:
Grand Central Market
Corner of 3rd & Hill Streets

1:22 min


Historic Core Conclusion

1:02 min