The '70s Are Turning 50 and LA Conservancy Is Here for It

The preservation group has several out-and-about events that will love upon the SoCal structures that rose during the decade.

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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.

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