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Take a Tour of Downtown Santa Monica!

Posted on  January 29, 2014

Come out and take a tour of Santa Monica! The Santa Monica Conservancy hosts weekly walks around the downtown area on Saturday mornings to experience the architectural beauty and heritage of the area! This docent led walk takes about two hours and covers six blocks of 130 years of history in the area! Experience the growth along with the history of the city on this fascinating tour!


Some of the architectural sites you will see on this tour are the 1875 Rapp Saloon, which opened the same year the city was founded and later even served as the city hall, the Majestic Theater which was the city’s first theater, the Builders Exchange, the Bay Cities Guaranty Building which was the city’s first skyscraper, and the El Miro Theater. On this tour you will see a mixture of architectural styles from Art Deco to Romanesque Revival.


The tour not only focuses on the architectural beauty of the area but discusses the leaders that help to expand the growth of the city along with the history of the railroad men, miners, builders, cowboys, outlaws and movie stars that create the history of the area. These tours are great not only for visitors to the area but residents as well. They are an excellent way to learn more about the rich history of this beautiful city.


The walking tours are hosted by the Santa Monica Conservancy, a local, non-governmental organization focused on the preservation of Santa Monica. The organization formed in 2002 and has advocated for the landmark status of historical structures such as the Embassy Hotels Apartments, the Builder’s Exchange and Phillips Chapel. The Santa Monica Conservancy works to promote an understanding and appreciation of the benefits of historical preservation in the area through educational programs.


Come out and experience the beauty and history of Santa Monica on this fascinating tour! Reservations are suggested for this event.


Photo Source: Brian Thomas Jones (




Downtown Walking Tours

Location: 1436 Second Street (between Broadway and Santa Monica Boulevard)

When: Every Saturday at 10am





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