March 5, 2004
We Continue Our Day with a Downtown Walking Tour and a Visit to the L.A. Central Library
We did not get a close look at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. It was up a hill from where we were walking so we settled for this rather pleasant view. However, we saw a lot of other interesting things during our Downtown History Walk.
We stopped in one of the most famous (and beautiful) structures in Downtown Los Angeles, the venerable 1893 Bradbury Building.

We explored the lobby to get a better look at the wrought iron and Italian marble.

We continued our tour along Broadway and eventually reached the Bridal District. There are wedding chapels here where ceremonies can be performed over lunch hour for under $200. The place we went into has several mini-chapels. According to an employee, they conduct 60 wedding ceremonies on a busy Saturday.

We briefly rested in one of the small chapels.

We wound up at the bustling Grand Central Market, a Downtown fixture since 1917. It was our lunch stop.

(There IS prepared food here. MC101s did not have to eat dried pinto beans for lunch.)

Here is another view of the Grand Central Market. It has been restored to look the way it did in the 1930s, when the widespread use of neon was considered innovative.

On to the library...

The Los Angeles Central Library challenges a lot of assumptions about public libraries. One of those assumptions is that they are entirely indoor facilities. Part of the joy of the Central Library is its pleasant MacGuire Garden. 

The garden was the meeting place for our afternoon field trip. The MC101s are studying their assignment sheets.


Here is a marker that tells passers-by a bit more about the library and its history.
MC101s roamed all over the library looking for information for their field trip assignment. One of the library's more interesting departments is TeenScape, an area for teenagers.
The library has, among its many features, an art gallery with revolving exhibitions on the Second Floor. There was a fine exhibition of photographs taken in Paris during the 1940s and 50s.

Ironically, photography was not allowed in the gallery.

In addition, this new wing of the L.A. Public Library is a repository of public art. In any event, this library is much more than simply a big building that houses a collection of books.

Take me back to the beginning of the day.