January 13, 2006 
We Take a Downtown Walking
Tour and Visit the Central Library
Bradbury Building 1.13.06  
With our tour to the Los Angeles Times done, many MC101s headed back to campus, or home. But some stayed for the Downtown Los Angeles historic walking tour and our afternoon field trip at the Los Angeles Central Library.

One of the treasures of Downtown's Historic Core is the 1893 Bradbury Building. 

These MC101s are in the building's famous lobby, which was used extensively in the film Blade Runner.

 Bridal District 1.13.06   
One of the little-known joys of Downtown is the Bridal District, where, among other things, you can get married at an always-available wedding chapel. Wedding packages start at around $200.
 Watercourt 1.13.06
After lunch at the Grand Central Market (always a treat), we walked up Bunker Hill (Angels Flight is still out of order) and briefly visited the Watercourt. This performing arts space is the site of live entertainment during the summer.
LAPL Group 1.13.06
On to the library...

The Los Angeles Central Library is much more than simply a big building full of books. For one thing, the Tom Bradley Wing, constructed in the 1990s, is a beautiful piece of postmodern architecture.

These MC101 are sitting near the entrance to the Bradley Wing. 

Here is a marker that tells passers-by a bit more about the library and its history.
LAPL Assignment 1.13.06
These MC101s found a quiet table where they could do their field trip assignment.
Bradley Wing Skylight
The post-modern Bradley Wing of the Library is vast and light. Looking up through the skylight, you can see the tall buildings--old and new--that surround the library. 
In addition, this new wing of the L.A. Public Library is a place for public art.

Eventually, the MC101s completed their assignments and took cars, buses and even the city's fledgling subway system back to their home neighborhoods.

Take me back to the beginning of the day.