What to Know
- Events and walking tours through 2020
- Tickets available through the LA Conservancy web site
- '70s architecture and pop culture are the themes
Throwing a huge 50th birthday party or an anniversary celebration for a couple's half-century milestone is never a simple task.
There are caterers to call and event spaces to book and invite lists to compile, and a thousand other details beyond those.
How, though, would you approach throwing a 50th-big festivity for a series of massive structures? The kind of buildings that have stood tall for five decades in an ever-changing architectural landscape?
Look to the LA Conservancy for that answer. For the preservation organization has organized a multi-event initiative built around those Southern California landmarks that are all turning 50 years old in the coming years.
"The '70s Turn 50" is the catchy catch-all name for the series, which will involve a host of informative tours and culture-rich talks.
Coming up in February? "Don't Call Me Ugly! A Fresh Look at Modernism" will visit some of "LA's toughest-to-love buildings" during an "interactive walking tour." If you've ever struggled to find the charm in certain places you pass often, this could be the tour you've longed for.
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There's also a night devoted to the topic at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites on Jan. 23. Do you consider the cylindrical downtown wonder one of our city's most spectacular '70s-strong destinations?
Many people do, and many of those people will be there.
And an event called "Malls, Shag, and Sunken Living Rooms: Locating '70s Pop Culture" is sure to be popular (it happens in May).
Why should the kitschy mid-century touchstones of the '50s and '60s get all the love when the '70s absolutely flourished with gloriously gaudy elements?
Take a gander at the full LA Conservancy schedule and find your '70s-era architectural bliss now.