Join Los Angeles Walks and LA Commons for a FREE “Found LA” walking tour of Silver Lake on Sunday October 21 from 1:00 – 3:00pm. The walking tour will begin at El Conquistador, located at 3701 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026 [map]. Tickets are free but reservations are highly recommended. Click here to reserve your spot and learn more!
Silver Lake is a hilly neighborhood about five miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, south of the Los Angeles River and east of Hollywood. The community was served by the Pacific Electric Railroad Glendale Trolley Line until the 1950s, when the trolley lines were dismantled and replaced with modern freeways.
Silver Lake has always been one of the most ethnically and socioeconomically diverse in the city of Los Angeles. It was one of the few communities before WWII that did not have restrictive covenants against ethnic and religious minorities. Silver Lake was the heart of the early film industry with the studies of Max Sennett, Charlie Chaplin, Tom Mix, and Walt Disney.
Silver Lake is also known worldwide for its celebrated modernist architecture from renowned architects including Richard Neutra, R. M. Schindler, A.E. Morris, J.R. Davidson, John Lautner, Gregory Ain, Harwell Hamilton Harris, and William Kesling. Continuing in that tradition are many current architects including Barbara Bestor, M2A Architects, Michael Lehrer and many others creating 21st century masterpieces.
Silver Lake has a strong base of locally-owned and operated shops, bars, coffeehouses, restaurants, and nightclubs in its varied commercial districts. The residents have been and are varied with many artists, designers, writers, musicians, film editors, and actors including Anaïs Nin, Raymond Chandler, Woody Guthrie.
The Found LA walking tour will explore important historic locations in the community as well as significant residential and commercial architecture, parks, and open space resources. We will discover and enjoy the benefits of locally-owned shops and restaurants, and uncover the secrets of hidden stairways that connect neighborhoods in this hillside community and linked residents to the Red Car Trolley in the early 1900s. Walkers will have the opportunity to see for themselves why Silver Lake is one of the rare gems of Los Angeles and a truly diverse and multicultural community.