The Best Tours in Los Angeles

If you’re looking for the best way to see Los Angeles, then request a private tour of LA with Pudleaux Tourism. These Los Angeles tours are a great way to visit LA. You’ll see the major sights and attractions in Los Angeles, as well as LA’s hidden gems. Pudleaux Tourism offers a variety of architectural tours in Los Angeles and sightseeing tours in Los Angeles. All of the tours are private, meaning it will be just your party or group and a private tour guide. Private transportation is available for an additional fee, or the tour can be conducted in your own car or bus if you wish. Tours are available for groups of 2-50. 

The Pudleaux Tourism slant is architecture, so you can expect to learn a great deal about the city from an architectural perspective while also seeing LA’s major sightseeing and tourist attractions. If Hollywood Boulevard isn’t your idea of an authentic travel experience, or if you have been to LA before and want more of an insider’s look at the city, then we can skip the parts of town one might dub “too touristy”.

Tours can be customized to include what you want to see in Los Angeles, and can include a combination of interior and exterior architecture. Many of the architectural landmarks in Los Angeles are open for interior tours, and can be incorporated into your tour.

Interior tours are available at the Gamble House, Eames House, Neutra VDL Research House, and Schindler’s Kings Road House. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House is currently undergoing restoration and is not available for interior tours at the moment.  

Guided tours of the Getty Center and LACMA can also be organized.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s George Sturges House in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, 1939

The George Sturges House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939 -more than a decade after his concrete textile block houses of the 1920’s. The Sturges House symbolizes America’s then-fascination with speed and vessels of mass transportation. It looks to be in motion, and has been compared to a fast moving ship. The house is dramatically situated on its site, with a massive, cantilevered balcony soaring over the hillside. 

Frank Lloyd Wright designed the George Sturges House shortly after he designed what is perhaps his most well known house, Fallingwater, in 1935-1937. Though Fallingwater certainly has more dramatic surroundings, the cantilevering concept is one that Wright mastered in many of his projects, the Sturges House included. The wooden balcony extends from a firmly rooted base of brick, with brick also seen rising in masses, accenting the top of the house. The horizontal wooden siding, sometimes board and batten, expresses a horizontal nature reminiscent of Wright’s Prairie period of the early 20th Century. A wooden trellis hanging over the balcony accentuates the horizontality. The interior of the Sturges House is characterized with redwood walls and exposed redwood beams in the ceiling that give it somewhat of a Crafstman feel. After Sturges moved into the house, it was plagued with leaks from the wooden roof and he later installed rain funnels. 
Frank Lloyd Wright hired John Lautner to supervise the construction of the George Sturges House. Lautner was just beginning to establish a name for himself in Los Angeles as a serious architect, and he built his own home there the same year. Lautner was an apprentice of Wright’s and studied under him at the Taliesin Fellowship, Frank Lloyd Wright’s school of architecture at Taliesin in Wisconsin and Taliesin West in Arizona, from 1933 through the end of the decade.  Lautner and Wright continued a professional relationship into the 1940’s, with Lautner assisting Wright with a remodel of the Ennis House, and Wright’s residential project for Arch Oboler in 1941. Frank Lloyd Wright and John Lautner’s association ended by the mid 1940’s when Lautner had fully established himself, though he continued to have much praise and admiration for Wright and carried on Wright’s concept of organic architecture in his own work. 

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Los Angeles Architecture Tours: Kings Road House: Rudolf Schindler, 1921-1922

Rudolf Schindler’s Kings Road House, commonly referred to as the Schindler House or Schindler/Chace House, is perhaps the architect’s most important work and was his own dwelling from its completion in 1922 until the architect’s death in 1953.

Schindler was born and educated in Vienna, Austria, mentored by Adolf Loos, and moved to the United States in 1914 when he was 26 years old. Schindler actively sought out Frank Lloyd Wright as a second mentor and employer, but Wright, with little work and still grieving the Taliesin Tragedy, was unable to employ the young architect until 1918. Schindler first worked for Wright at Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, assisting with plans for Wright’s Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. Schindler arrived in Los Angeles in 1920 on behalf of Wright to work on Hollyhock House for Aline Barsndall.

Kings Road House was Schindler’s first independent project in Los Angeles, designed and built after he left Wright’s office in 1921. Schindler’s House remains as one of the most influential modern houses of the 20th century, built on the concept of an indoor/outdoor lifestyle that, today, is omnipresent in Southern California.

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