Monday, August 3, 2015

The Los Angeles Athletic Club: The Story of an L.A. Icon (Excerpt)

My second article for the LA Tourism Board's website DiscoverLosAngeles.com is a profile of the iconic Los Angeles Athletic Club...



...which is still operating as a private, members-only sports club and a boutique hotel in Downtown LA.



I first visited on June 13, 2012, on a night when I could've gone to one of LA Conservancy's Last Remaining Seats screenings, but I instead took a tour of LAAC and the Oviatt Building. I think I made the right choice.



This writing assignment gave me a great opportunity to revisit the LAAC...



...roam its halls with a guide...



...and be escorted up a newly-discovered secret stairwell...



...into the Blue Room, probably the hardest LA speakeasy to get into.



I wish I could've stayed for a drink, but it wasn't really open to anyone yet.



Not all of my photos made it into the published article, so I thought I'd publish them here. Click the image above or here to read the full profile.

Related Posts:
Photo Essay: The Oviatt Building's Art Deco Legacy
Photo Essay: The Ace Hotel & Its Rehabilitation of the Historic United Artists Theatre