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Bunker Hill’s Modernist Marvels with Nathan Marsak

May 20 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm


Bunker Hill, affluent residential neighborhood of Victorian Los Angeles, famously fell victim to redevelopment in the postwar era. In its place, over the decades, rose commercial high rises and cultural centers, plazas and pedways. And nobody seems to love modern Bunker Hill—except for the lost neighborhood’s historian, Nathan Marsak.

Join Esotouric and Nathan Marsak for a guided tour through the redeveloped Bunker Hill, to get to know Downtown’s open-air Museum of Modernism, featuring remarkable examples of Late Moderne, New Formalist, Postmodernism and more. All of them are featured in his brand new guidebook, which will be available for purchase and signing.

Featured landmarks include the Los Angeles County Court House (1958), Union Bank Plaza (1967), the Bonaventure Hotel (1976) and Walt Disney Concert Hall (2003), along with rare survivors from the pre-redevelopment era, which offer a peep into the past from our futuristic vantage.

On this tour, you’ll not only learn about architectural developments, but get to know the Hill’s rich history, from initial development to decline, displacement and reinvention, and the colorful characters who transformed the landscape, for better or worse.

As declining office occupancy makes Bunker Hill’s role as a business center uncertain, it’s time to look deeply at the useful and beautiful relics of redevelopment and imagine a future that is the best Bunker Hill of them all.

This walking tour is illustrated with rare photos you can view on your smartphone.


Tour begins at 10:30am sharp, with check-in time 10am at the Horse Thief BBQ patio outside Grand Central Market at 324 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013. Please arrive on time and proceed to the check in table to get signed in and logged in to the smartphone slideshow. Scroll down for tour rules and recommendations.


Our priority is to provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere for our guests and guides on these outdoor walking tours. Because guides will not be masked when telling stories, and because different people have different levels of risk tolerance, we have strict mask policies for attendees. Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated. These simple rules are being implemented for the benefit of all attending. Anybody not abiding by these rules will be given one chance to shape up, then asked to leave the tour if it happens again. There are no refunds or exchanges for anyone removed from a tour for violating the rules.

BE PREPARED: This is a walking hour lasting 2 1/2 to 3 hours moving at a casual pace. We’ll mostly be moving over level ground, but there will be some uphill grades to tackle along the way. Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat and a medical-grade mask. Bring your smartphone so you can view the tour slide show. We will have a cooler with cold water, and you’re encouraged to bring a full water bottle. A restroom will be available at the start and end of the tour. If you need more information about what to expect, please email us.

MASKS & SOCIAL DISTANCING: Attendees must bring a medical-grade mask (i.e. N95, KN95, KF94) to wear when checking in, during those portions of the tour when the group is gathered together listening to the tour guides (who will not wear masks when telling stories), and when talking with the tour guides one-on-one. If you are more comfortable not wearing a mask while walking between tour stops, you’re free to remove it, while maintaining physical space from anyone not from your household. Masks must be worn properly, covering mouth and nose completely, and not have any exhalation valves, vents or holes of any kind. Thank you for working with us to keep guests and guides healthy, and please let us know if you have any questions about these policies.

ARGH, I FORGOT MY MASK: Wave to us from a healthy distance at the check in table and point to your cute face. We’ve got you.

VACCINATION: We do not require proof of vaccination for outdoor walking tours.

Parking & Public Transit:

There are numerous paid public parking lots around Grand Central Market, including GCM’s multi-level lot at 308 South Hill Street Los Angeles, California 90013.  The nearest Metro stations are Civic Center/Grand Park and Pershing Square. If using public transit, this link can help you plan your trip:


Emailing is the best way to communicate with us, but after 8am on tour day you can call or text Richard on his mobile phone, 213-915-8687.


If you feel like you’re getting sick, if you test positive for Covid-19, or if you have knowingly been in contact with a suspected or positive case of Covid-19 in the last 14 days, please do not attend the tour. Let us know not to expect you. If notified at least 72 hours before tour departure, we can refund or reschedule your booking. If notified at least 24 hours before departure, we can honor the booking on a future date. You may also gift your ticket to someone else—we will need their name, email address and phone number to make this switch.


May 20
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
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213 915 8687
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Grand Central Market
308 South Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States
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(213) 359-6007
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