I don't know how long these photos have sat in a folder on my desktop, but it's been a while, at least since the summer of 2007. They're from a variety of architecture tours offered by the LA Conservancy.
This is from the City Hall tour. It's on the ceiling of the lobby, near the elevators. I love the ancient Greek depiction of a modern invention. (The Museum of Jurassic Technology took this sort of joke and ran with it, probably milking it for more than it's worth. I think it's really funny in this context, though.)
This is from the Little Tokyo tour. It's a Japanese garden that's being renovated. Maybe it's finished by now. I'll have to check it out.
This is from the Downtown's Evolving Skyline tour. It's a midcentury office building downtown, right near the Standard. I love the sunblocks. They're really Sullivanesque in their emphasis on verticality. If you look closely, you can see the custom windows, with a distinctive hinge in the middle of each of them that allows them to fold outward in order to open.
This is from the Union Station tour. It's an old Harvey House restaurant, which was a chain of restaurants that used to be in a lot of train stations across the country. That's a U-shaped bar in the middle of the room. You can't see it here, but there's also a really cool area hidden off to the side, with private red booths to sit, eat, and drink in. This would be a really cool space to rent for a party.