Downtown Los Angeles is the central business district of the City of Los Angeles. Within downtown are the following areas:
Residential communities in Downtown Los Angeles include:
Los Angeles City Hall
Los Angeles City Hall, completed in 1928, is the center of government for the City of Los Angeles. It contains the mayor’s office and the offices of the Los Angeles City Council. Los Angeles City Hall is in the Civic Center district of Downtown Los Angeles in the area bounded by Temple Street, First Street, Main Street, and Spring Street. The 32 story building has an observation deck on the 27th floor that is open to the public. City Hall was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1976.
Central Los Angeles
Central Los Angeles is a 57.9 square mile region comprising twenty three neighborhoods within the City of Los Angeles, as well as Griffith Park and Elysian Park. The population is over 900,000. Central Los Angeles includes Downtown Los Angeles, Chinatown, East Hollywood, West Adams, Hancock Park, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Koreatown, Larchmont, Los Feliz, and Silver Lake.
Central City Association of Los Angeles
The Central City Association of Los Angeles (CCA) advocates on behalf of Los Angeles businesses. It is the voice of businesses in the City of Los Angeles as well as Los Angeles County. CCA advocates for the business community before the Los Angeles City Council, the County Board of Supervisors, and the California State Legislature. CCA provides excellent networking opportunities for its members and many other valuable benefits.
Los Angeles Music Center
The Los Angeles Music Center, officially called the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, was founded in 1964 and is commonly referred to as “The Music Center”. Located on 22 acres in Downtown Los Angeles, The Music Center consists of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with 3,197 seats, the Mark Taper Forum with 739 seats, the Ahmanson Theater with up to 2,007 seats, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall with 2,265 seats. Other venues include The Music Center Park and Grand Park. More than two million people attend performances each year. Resident Companies include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera, the Center Theatre Group, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. The Music Center has several membership groups.
The Broad is a contemporary art museum founded by Eli and Edythe Broad at 221 South Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles. The modern 120,000 square foot building is home to more than 2,000 works of art. Admission is free. The museum is absolutely worth visiting.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), founded in 1979, is a contemporary art museum with locations in Downtown Los Angeles near the Walt Disney Concert Hall, in the Little Tokyo section of Downtown Los Angeles, and in the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. The museum’s exhibits are primarily American and European contemporary art created after 1940. Donors pay approximately 80% of the expenses of operating the three branches.
The Triforium is the name of the 60 foot high, 60 ton sculpture at the Los Angeles Mall Civic Center complex located at the intersection of the Temple Street and Main Street in Downtown Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Plaza Historic District
The Los Angeles Plaza Historic District, also known as El Pueblo de Los Angeles State Historic District, is a historic district located in the oldest area of Los Angeles. The district, located in Downtown Los Angeles, was the center of Los Angeles under Spanish rule (1781 - 1821), Mexican rule (1821 - 1847) and United States rule (after 1847). The area was designated a state historic monument in 1953 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
Long before Spain claimed California, the Tongva People, also referred to as the Gabrielo Indians, established settlements along the Los Angeles River near the location of the Los Angeles Civic Center. Over time, the Tongva were removed and assigned to serve at the various Spanish missions in Southern California.
Rio de Los Angeles State Park
Rio de Los Angeles State Park is a 247 acre California State Park in Downtown Los Angeles adjacent to the Los Angeles River and not far from Chinatown. The park includes several multi-purpose sports fields, a children’s play area, a wetlands area featuring native plants, and lots of green open space. Wildlife includes gray fox, coyotes, skunks, raccoons, squirrels, opossums, and rabbits. More than 170 different species of birds have made their come at Rio de Los Angeles State Park including egrets, heron, hawks, geese, ducks, gulls, doves, crows, and cormorants.
Olvera Street is in the oldest section of Downtown Los Angeles and is part of the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument. Olvera Street was adjacent to the Original Chinatown, also known as the Old Chinatown which was razed to make space for Union Station. The New Chinatown is only a few blocks from Olvera Street. The Avila Adobe (1818), the Pelanconi House (1857), the Sepulveda House (1857), and twenty four other historic buildings have been preserved on Olvera Street. Today, Olvera Street is a popular tourist attraction, a living museum, a great place for Mexican food, and a fun place to shop.
Alvarado Historic District
The Alvarado Historic District is a designated historic district located just southwest of Downtown Los Angeles. Six homes and one church were designated as Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments in 1971 and the entire district was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The homes were built between 1902 and 1905. They include Victorian, Craftsman, Bungalow, Mission and Tudor style architecture. The six homes include the Boyle-Barmone House, the Cohn House, the Gilbert House, and the Kinney-Everhardy House. The church is the former First Church of Christ, Scientist built in 1912. The chuch was designed by Elmer Grey who was the famous architect that designed the Huntington Library, the Pasadena Playhouse, and the Beverly Hills Hotel. Anyone interested in architecture or construction should visit the Alvarado Historic District.
Grand Central Market
Grand Central Market is a landmark in Downtown Los Angeles. It opened in 1917 and has been in continuous operation since. The huge market is located at 317 S. Broadway which is just south of W. Third Street. Visitors will find every type of food vendor and restaurant imaginable. Grand Central Market is a great place to eat and a great place to shop.
Every year, in July, since 1975, the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks has sponsored the Lotus Festival at Echo Park Lake in the Echo Park section of Los Angeles just northeast of Chinatown and Little Tokyo. Festivities include good music, great food, boat races and a short film on the history of Echo Park and its famous bed of lotus flowers that have flourished in the lake since the 1920s.
Union Station - Los Angeles
Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS) is the primary railway station in Los Angeles and is the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. It opened in 1939 and consolidated the rail services of the Santa Fe, Union Pacific, and Southern Pacific Railroads into a single terminal location. Los Angeles Union Station was the last major railway station built in the United States and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. It is owned by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The original Chinatown in Los Angeles was demolished to accommodate the construction of Union Station. A new Chinatown was constructed and opened in 1938.
Los Angeles Historic State Park
The Los Angeles Historic State Park is a 32 acre open space park in Downtown Los Angeles located adjacent to Chinatown. The park offers walking paths, bike paths, picnic areas, and great views of the city. Several historic buildings are within walking distance. On the north side, the Flat Iron Building is the second oldest industrial building in Los Angeles, constructed in 1890. On the southern end of the park, the Capitol Milling Company building, constructed in 1893, can be viewed. The park is currently in development.
Solano Canyon is a canyon within Elysian Park and the name of a small residential community at the southern end of the Elysian Park community. It is north of Los Angeles State Park, Chinatown, and Downtown Los Angeles.
Dodger Stadium is a 56,000 seat baseball park in Downtown Los Angeles, immediately north of Chinatown. The stadium overlooks Downtown Los Angeles, much of the Los Angeles Basin, and offers excellent views of the surrounding hills and San Gabriel Mountains. Completed in 1962, Dodger Stadium is home to the Los Angeles Dodgers Major League baseball team.
Los Angeles Central Library
The historic Los Angeles Central Library in Downtown Los Angeles, constructed in 1926, is part of the Los Angeles Public Library system. The landmark has been renovated and expanded several times and now contains 538,000 square feet, an eight-story atrium, and seating for more than 1,400. The Los Angeles Library system operates 72 branch locations which include Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Koreatown, Pacific Palisades, Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, West Los Angeles, Westwood, and Woodland Hills.
Los Angeles Athletic Club
The Los Angeles Athletic Club (LAAC), established in 1880, is a private social athletic club located in Downtown Los Angeles, The club is well known for its John R. Wooden Award presented each year. Notable members have included Edward Doheny, Fred Eaton, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Henry Huntington, Parry O'Brien, Colonel Harrison Otis, Moses Sherman, Rudolph Valentino, and Johnny Weissmuller. The LAAC Building is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.
The California Club, established in 1888, is a first-class, private social club in Downtown Los Angeles. The building, completed in 1930, is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument and is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The historic building was constructed in the Italian Renaissance Revival style. The club house is decorated with a collection of Western-themed paintings. The California Club is the second oldest private social club of its type in Southern California. Membership in the prominent club is by invitation.
The Bradbury Building, built in 1893, is an incredible architectural landmark in Downtown Los Angeles. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. It has also been designated as a landmark by the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission. The five story Italian Renaissance Revival style building located at 304 South Broadway is absolutely beautiful and without a doubt is worth seeing. It is directly across the street from another landmark, the Million Dollar Theater.
Pershing Square Park
Pershing Square Park, developed in 1866, is a large public park in Downtown Los Angeles that is both a concert and event center. There is a large parking garage below the park. The original name of the park, "La Plaza Abaja", was changed in 1918 to honor General John Joseph Pershing who led the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I. The park is located between S. Olive Street and S. Hill Street, and between E. 25th Street and W. 6th Street across from the famous Biltmore Hotel.
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
The Millennium Biltmore Hotel, originally named the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel is a 683 room luxury hotel and landmark built in 1923 in Downtown Los Angeles across from Pershing Square. When opened, it was the largest hotel west of Chicago, Illinois in the United States. The magnificent hotel incorporates Mediterranean Revival, Renaissance Revival, and Beaux Arts styles and is a Los Angeles Historical-Cultural Monument. In 1960, United States Senator John F. Kennedy and his running mate, United States Senator Lyndon B. Johnson chose the Biltmore Hotel as their California presidential campaign headquarters. Senator Kennedy gave his nomination acceptance speech at the hotel before being elected president. The hotel is absolutely first-class.
Grand Park is a 12 acre park in the civic center of Downtown Los Angeles that includes much of the area between the Los Angeles City Hall on Spring Street and the Los Angeles Music Center on Grand Avenue.
Spring Street Park
Spring Street Park is a community park located in Downtown Los Angeles at 426 S. Spring Street. The park features a beautiful fountain and landscaping, benches, a large children’s play area, and lots of green open space.
The Brewery Art Colony
The Brewery Art Colony, built in 1903, and located at 2100 North Main Street, just east of Downtown Los Angeles, is the largest live-work artist’s colony in the United States. The former Pabst Blue Ribbon brewery is now home to numerous artists, galleries, studios, restaurants, architects, industrial designers, and interior designers.
Vista Hermosa Natural Park
Vista Hermosa Natural Park is a 10.5 acre park in Downtown Los Angeles located on First Street west of the Harbor (101) Freeway at Toluca Street. The park features a soccer field, extensive walking trails, streams, an outdoor amphitheater, a children’s play area, picnic areas, great views of downtown, and lots of green open space.
Wells Fargo History Museum – Los Angeles
The Wells Fargo History Museum features Wells Fargo’s heritage in Southern California starting in 1852. Exhibits include an original Concord Stagecoach, historic maps of the Los Angeles Basin, a recreated express office, excellent photos, and much more. The museum is inside the Wells Fargo Bank building at 333 S. Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles. The museum offers a great opportunity to learn about early California.
Downtown Los Angeles is anchored to the south by the Figueroa Corridor which is best known for being home to University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Exposition Park, and the Shrine Auditorium. The area is also home to numerous architectural landmarks particularly in the West Adams neighborhood of Los Angles.
Exposition Park is a 160 acre public space that is directly south of the University of Southern California main campus which is just south of Downtown Los Angeles. It is a rectangle bounded by Exposition Boulevard on the north, South Figueroa Street on the east, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on the south, and Menlo Avenue on the west. Located within Exposition Park are the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the California Science Center, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the California African American Museum, and the Exposition Park Rose Garden.
Frederick Mitchell Mooers House
The Frederick Mitchell Mooers House, also called the Wright-Mooers House, built in 1894, is a magnificent Victorian house located just southwest of Downtown Los Angeles. The residence is named after the wealthy gold miner who owned the property from 1898 to 1900. The Queen Anne-Romanesque Revival home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. The beautiful home has been completely restored and is privately owned. It is located at 818 S. Bonnie Brae Street in Los Angeles.
California African American Museum
The California African American Museum (CAAM), established in 1981, is a 44,000 square foot museum located in Exposition Park just south of Downtown Los Angeles. The mission of the museum is to “To research, collect, preserve, and interpret for public enrichment the history, art, and culture of African Americans with an emphasis on California and the western United States.” CAAM hosts various educational programs, and is home to numerous artifacts, objects of art, memorabilia, photographs and other exhibits of interest and value to anyone interested in American history. The museum is definitely worth visiting.
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena is a multipurpose arena located at Exposition Park near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on the University of Southern California campus which manages and operates both venues. All three facilities are just south of Downtown Los Angeles.
Grier Musser Museum
The Grier Musser Museum is a beautifully restored turn-of-the-century historic Queen Ann house just west of Downtown Los Angeles that displays fascinating, unique collections of antiques. The museum features various exhibits throughout the year. Those who are interested in the Victorian period and architecture will find the Grier Musser Museum a truly valuable experience.
The Angeles Temple, dedicated in 1923, is a National Historic Landmark and is on the List of Registered Historic Places in Los Angeles. The Angeles Temple is located at 1100 Glendale Boulevard in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles which is just outside of downtown. The temple was the central house of worship for International Church of the Foursquare Gospel and has a seating capacity of 5,300. During the 1920s and 1930s, the church was filled to capacity three times every day, seven days a week making it the largest Christian congregation in the world. The building is now the home of Angeles Temple Hispanic Church. The building is absolutely magnificent.
Bella Union Hotel
The Bella Union Hotel, built in 1835 in Downtown Los Angeles, was the last capitol building of Mexican California under Governor Pio Pico and is a California Historical Landmark. Originally known as the Bella Union Hotel, the name was changed to the Clarendon Hotel and later to the St. Charles. Unfortunately, in 1940, the building was destroyed. The hotel was located on the 300 block of N. Main Street between Temple Street and Aliso Street between Little Tokyo and Chinatown.
City Terrace is an older unincorporated residential community in the San Rafael Hills of Los Angeles County just northeast of Downtown Los Angeles. The University Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles is to the north, California State University Los Angeles is to the northeast, Monterey Park is to the east, the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles is to the west, the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles is to the northwest, and East Los Angeles is to the south. The communities steep, winding streets are lined primarily with small, Spanish Colonial Revival style homes. Many of the homes have excellent views of Downtown Los Angeles, the western San Gabriel Valley, and the San Gabriel Mountains. The County of Los Angeles operates the City Terrace Library which is a modern, full service library. City Terrace Park, developed in 1933, is a 3.5 acre park that offers swimming, tennis, basketball, a gymnasium, picnic areas, and lots of green open space with mature shade trees.
Casa Italiana Opera Company
Casa Italiana Opera Copmany is a non-profit organization and the oldest continuously running small opera company in Southern California. Four operas are presented each year at Casa Italiana located at 1051 N. Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles across from the Los Angeles State Historic Park. Each opera is staged with chorus and orchestra and includes dinner. Casa Italiana is only minutes from Chinatown and Little Tokyo.
Downtown Los Angeles Real Estate
Homes in Downtown Los Angeles consist of both single family detached homes and attached homes that may be townhomes or stacked condominiums. Prices range from moderate to high depending upon the neighborhood. Our real estate agents and brokers can show you any homes listed for sale with any real estate brokerage firm.
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The Staples Center sports venue, located in Downtown Los Angeles, is home to the Lakers, Clippers, Sparks, Kings, and Avengers. The facility has a capacity of 20,000 and is also utilized for major concerts and conventions.
L.A. Live is a sports and entertainment complex in Downtown Los Angeles that is adjacent to the Staples Center and the 7,100 seat Microsoft Theater, which was formerly known as the Kokia Theatre. L.A. Live includes concert theaters, restaurants, movie theaters, and a 54 story, 1,001 room hotel and luxury condominium tower on a 27 acre site. Views of the Los Angeles Basin from the tower are spectacular.
Pacific Realtors has created a historical timeline for those having an interest in the history of Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.