In the late 1960s, after the Community Redevelopment Agency bought up all the boarding houses, hotels, shops and taverns, displaced 9000 people and brought in the bulldozers, it seemed like the end for Bunker Hill, the Victorian neighborhood above Downtown. But a funny thing happened, as the proposed redevelopment stalled and new ideas about adaptive reuse, historic preservation, environmentalism and tenants rights took root: people who never visited old Bunker Hill began to study, celebrate and explore it—virtually—through the thousands of photos, film clips, stories and paintings that survive. Bunker Hill might be dead, but its ghosts are active and eager to meet you.
Join Esotouric for an immersive time travel trip onto modern Bunker Hill, to explore the lost neighborhood and how it grew, with stops to memorialize iconic landmarks and fascinating personalities, and its double life as a favorite film noir location. Then once you’ve fallen in love with the lively and lovely old neighborhood, we’ll break your heart with how local and Federal officials conspired to knock it all down, and the lessons this failed redevelopment scheme can teach Angelenos of today.
Our special guests on the debut July 9, 2022 tour are historian Nathan Marsak (author of “Bunker Hill Los Angeles: Essence of Sunshine and Noir” and “Bunker Noir!”) and Bunker Hill native son Gordon Pattison, whose family owned the last two mansions on the hill.
This walking tour is illustrated with rare photos and maps you can view on your smartphone.