LAVA Broadway on My Mind walking tour #10: R.B. Young (June 2014)

In July 2013, LAVA – The Los Angeles Visionaries Association launched a series of free walking tours along Broadway meant to raise consciousness about the Broadway Theater and Commercial District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the pending implementation of Strategy One, Phase One of the City of Los Angeles’ Broadway Streetscape Master Plan. Each walking tour follows and departs from the free LAVA Sunday Salon.

This month’s tour, hosted by Richard Schave (Esotouric/LAVA) and Nathan Marsak with Kim Cooper, focused on the architecture of Robert Brown Young, including discussion of Clifton’s Cafeteria, the difficulty of preserving or landmarking decorative terrazzo, recent damage to the Art Deco facades of 533 and 735 South Broadway, Swelldom, Bringing Back Broadway, the Tahoma Building, the OT Johnson Building and the OT Johnson Block, as well as a notable freakshow presentation in 1915.    

Read about this tour here or watch the video here.