There's a lot to love about downtown right now — food, drinks, art, music, fashion. But two of the best are dazzling architecture of its historic core and its walkability. Each week, the L.A. Conservancy combines those two things in a series of thematic tours. This morning's Art Deco Walking Tour is devoted to the spirit-lifting gorgeousness that is DTLA's art deco legacy. After meeting at the orange trees in Pershing Square, tour takers will cover about 12 square blocks in 2½ hours, encountering the majesty of downtown's most impressive confections, the majority constructed in the early 20th century when art deco was all the post-Parisian rage. Beginning with the Los Angeles Central Library (whose time-sensitive preservation from destruction in 1978 launched the official L.A. Conservancy charter), the tour examines the elaborately carved façades of edifices like Title Guarantee & Trust and the Oviatt Building before ending up at the terra cotta–clad, beclocked jewel that is the Eastern Columbia Lofts — home to Johnny Depp and anchor of the newest pocket of targeted urban revitalization. Tour guides are equipped with expertise on the architects and designers responsible for the greatness, as well as insider nuggets. Bring comfy shoes and a fully charged camera phone. Pershing Square, Sixth and Olive streets, dwntwn.; Sat., Dec. 28, 10 a.m.; $10. (213) 623-2489,

Sat., Dec. 28, 10 a.m., 2013

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