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.
Art Walk Map
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