The downtown area of Los Angeles is one of urban and artistic vitality (at least on weekdays). This page documents public and civic art works and monuments, as well as some turn of the century architectural buildings. Explore public art in the Figueroa corridor and Financial District, L.A.'s Historic Core (which includes the Garment district), Grand Hope Park (which is part of South Park), Civic Center and the Los Angeles Mall, Union Station and El Pueblo District, Little Tokyo, and Chinatown. Descriptions of these areas within Downtown and links to public art are listed below. This page also provides links to public art related organizations within the Los Angeles area.
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This area is bordered by Pico Boulevard (south), 1st St. (north), the 110 Freeway (west) and Broadway (east). It includes the Wells Fargo Center, the YMCA, the Los Angeles Public Library, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Bunker Hill, and Pershing Square. This area is included in the Community Redevelopment Agency's Central Business Redevelopment Project.
Covers Main Street to the east, 2nd Street to the north, Hill Street to the west, and extends south to the Garment District. This area is included in the Community Redevelopment Agency's Central Business Redevelopment Project.
Area around the Institute of Fashion and Museum of Neon Art, Grand, 9th, and Olympic. Grand Hope Park is part of South Park, which is included in the Community Redevelopment Agency's Central Business Redevelopment Project.
This area is bordered by First Street to the south, Figueroa Street to the west, Santa Ana Freeway (101) to the north, and Main Street to the east.
This area is bordered by the Santa Ana Freeway (101) to the south, Broadway to the west, Cesar Chavez Blvd to the north, and the MTA Gateway Transit Center to the east.
Little Tokyo is bordered by 3rd Street on the south side, Alameda St. and Central Ave on the east side, 1st Street on the north, and Los Angeles St. on the west. Included in that area are many business, the New Otani Hotel, the James Irvine Garden, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center/Plaza, and the Japanese American National Museum. This area is included in the Community Redevelopment Agency's Little Tokyo Redevelopment Project
Chinatown is roughly bound by Cesar Chavez Blvd to the south, Alameda St. to the east, Figueroa St. to the west and the Dodger stadium (Bishop Rd.) to the north. This area is included in the Community Redevelopment Agency's Chinatown Redevelopment Project
Walking Tour of the Downtown Area
Provided courtesy of the USC department of Geography, and features a map, photographs, and descriptions of many buildings in the Downtown area.
Organizations of interest: