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Downtown LA Art Deco

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The Los Angeles Conservancy offers guided walking tours of various of parts of LA. The Conservancy has brought back their summer walking tours due to their popularity and today was the first part of 4 week series which repeats again next month and covered the Art Deco period of architecture which took place mostly between the two World Wars. We met at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel at 5:30pm and then walked across the street to Pershing Square to get a brief introduction to Art Deco, which is a contemporary term for what was then known as "Style Moderne." Art Deco became known to the world at the 1925 Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes and with its strong geometric patterns and designs was strikingly different than the curvaceous and fluid Beaux Arts style which graces the facades of many of pre-World War buildings of Downtown LA.