June 28, 2004
We Continue Our Day with a Downtown Walking Tour and a Visit to the L.A. Central Library
I always schedule some down time between the L.A. Times tour (morning) and the Los Angeles Central Library (afternoon). This allows a small, self-selected group of students to join me on a Downtown walking tour.

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 walk.

Could the concert hall be a future MC101 field trip? Hmm ...

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.)

After lunch, we walked up the Bunker Hill steps (Angels Flight is still out of commission) and stopped briefly at the Watercourt atop the hill. This postmodern portion of Downtown is a sharp contrast with the Historic Core area at the bottom of the hill.


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 about to get their assignment sheets and orientation. We got 16 MC101s and guests.

MC101s roamed all over the library looking for information pertinent to their field trip assignment. This group of MC101s has paused in the hallway between the 1920s main wing of the library and the mostly underground portion that was added in the 1990s.
Here is a marker that tells passers-by a bit more about the library and its history.
Among other things, the new portion of the L.A. Public Library is a repository of public art. 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.