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For its annual Downtown at Sunset series, the Los Angeles Conservancy offers special early-evening editions of its downtown walking tours, which explore the city's architectural history from street level.

This tour provides an in-depth look at the history, materials and styles of art deco architecture, which was popular in 1920s and '30s Los Angeles. From the LAC website:

New, modern, and angular, the style was perfect for the machine age, and was used for everything from jewelry to teapots to skyscrapers. Typified by vertical lines, geometric patterns, and references to Gothic, pre-Columbian, and Egyptian art, Art Deco is stunning in its varieties of color and design.
The tour covers approximately 12 blocks, with small inclines and some stairs, and lasts about a 1 hour and 40 minutes. For more information, go to