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Historic places in the city of Los Angeles

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2009
Time: 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: Los Angeles Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium
630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071. See parking information below.
Admission: Free; no reservations required for the activities or film screenings. RSVP for the panel discussion at

Tell Us What's Special to YOU about LA!
Come join us at the historic Los Angeles Central Library for a special citywide kickoff celebration of SurveyLA, Los Angeles's first-ever comprehensive survey of its historic resources.

While Los Angeles has a rich and diverse cultural heritage and a remarkable architectural legacy, 85% of the city has never been surveyed to identify these significant historic places. Historic preservation professionals conducting the survey cannot know all of the potential historic resources throughout the city—and that's why we need your help. We want to know your special story about a local building or the neighborhood you live in.

Join like-minded amateur historians and Los Angeles aficionados for the public launch of SurveyLA and share your knowledge of LA's hidden gems.

YOUR HistoricLA Activities
Los Angeles Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium Lobby
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Meet staff and volunteers from the Office of Historic Resources and learn what you can do to help with this historic survey.

  • Tell us about a lesser-known place that you consider particularly important to your neighborhood or the entire city—YOUR Historic LA.
  • Participate in an interactive display demonstrating how the survey teams will identify historic sites, and how they will use the information you're providing.
  • Learn how you can bring "MYHistoricLA" to your own neighborhood.
  • Sign up to become a SurveyLA volunteer.
  • Register to receive regular updates as SurveyLA progresses throughout Los Angeles.

Film Screening—SurveyLA: Preserving Los Angeles
Los Angeles Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium
11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

Enjoy screenings of the award-winning video SurveyLA: Preserving Los Angeles.

Panel Discussion
Los Angeles Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium
1:00–2:30 p.m.

Join Larry Mantle, host of KPCC-FM's Air Talk, for a lively panel discussion with city officials, preservationists, community organizers, and developers discussing the key issues surrounding Los Angeles's citywide survey. Seating is limited. Reservations are recommended. Reserve online at or by phone at (213) 2287025.

This event is sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources; the Getty Conservation Institute; and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.

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Parking at the Los Angeles Central Library
Parking is available at the 524 S. Flower St. Garage. Parking is $1 all day Saturday and Sunday during library hours with Library Card validation.

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