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Spanning History: Bridges of the Los Angeles River (panel discussion and tours)

Explore the historic bridges of the Los Angeles River with this two-part event organized by the Getty Conservation Institute in partnership with the Los Angeles Conservancy and Friends of the Los Angeles River.

Built between 1910 and 1940, these bridges are monumental in design and massive in scale, even by today's standards. Together, they tell an important part of the story of how Los Angeles came of age as a major modern city at the beginning of the 20th century.

On January 30, 2008, the Los Angeles City Council approved the designation of several Los Angeles River bridges as Historic-Cultural Monuments (HCMs), recognizing them as important to the history of our city.

Learn about the bridges' past and future in a panel discussion on Thursday, April 10, then explore them up close in a day of tours and activities on Sunday, April 13.

April 10, 2008: Panel Discussion

April 13, 2008: "Bridge Mix" Tour

Seventh Street Bridge, Los Angeles River

Panel Discussion

Date: Thursday, April 10, 2008
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required.

Many of the iconic bridges that span the Los Angeles River are slated for retrofit and, in some cases, demolition. Larry Mantle, host of KPCC's Air Talk, moderates a panel discussion of experts and preservationists on the status and plans for these landmarks. Organized by the Getty Conservation Institute, the Los Angeles Conservancy, and Friends of the Los Angeles River.

Glen Dake is a landscape architect and a leader in creating community-designed landscapes and transportation and school improvements in Southern California neighborhoods, where he has practiced since 1987. He was appointed to the Cultural Heritage Commision in 2006 by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Eric DeLony, a private consultant for engineering and industrial heritage, is recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on the history of bridges. He was principal architect and later chief of Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), a program of the National Park Service.

Larry Mantle, the panel moderator, is the host of KPCC's AirTalk, the longest continuously airing daily radio talk program in Southern California. A fourth-generation Angeleno, he has interviewed thousands of prominent guests on an extraordinary array of topics and is the recipient of numerous journalistic awards.

Gary Lee Moore is the City Engineer of the City of Los Angeles. He leads the Bureau of Engineering, which has a work force of more than 1,100 engineers, architects, surveyors, and support staff and an annual operating budget of $126 million. He is closely involved with several projects that are expected to transform the face of Los Angeles. One of these is the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan.

4th Street Bridge and 6th Street Bridge, Los Angeles

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"Bridge Mix" Tours

Date: Sunday, April 13, 2008
Time: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: along the Los Angeles River
Admission: Tickets $25 for members of the Los Angeles Conservancy and Friends of the Los Angeles River, $30 for the general public, and $10 for children 12 and under.

Continuing the celebration, a special family-friendly event highlights the downtown Los Angeles River bridges, including the 1st, 4th 6th, and 7th Street Viaducts, all of which span the river between downtown and Boyle Heights. Shuttle buses will transport attendees between four themed sites located along both the east and west banks of the river. Hands-on activities will focus on bridge architecture and engineering techniques, the science and ecology of the Los Angeles River, 100 years of bridge history and movie lore, and urban planning and the Los Angeles River master plan.

Printed tour guides will be available in both English and Spanish. Youth-oriented activities and a bilingual kids' guide will be available as well.

Learn more about the day's activities on the Web site of the Los Angeles Conservancy.

Sixth Street Bridge, Los Angeles River

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