OTPA On-the-Road Discovery Tour of Old California Lighting Company SATURDAY FEBRUARY 22, 2020, 10AM
OTPA sponsored a successful On-the-Road Discovery Tour on February 22 to the studio of the folks who light up Old Towne, the Old California Lighting Company. Headquarters in Orange a few minutes from the Plaza, Old California Lighting is an old world workshop where craftsmen create interior and exterior lighting fixtures in historic Arts & Crafts designs. Many of the firm’s beautiful masterpieces in lighting and mailboxes are on display in the firm’s Orange showroom. OTPA thanks Craig Richards, President of Old California Lighting, for his welcoming hospitality. Craig and his staff escorted tours through the workshop where everything is designed and made.
OTPA on the Road - L.A.'s Broadway Theatres Tour Saturday February 23, 2019 - 9AM - 3PM (ish)
We’re excited to announce that our next On-the-Road Discovery Tour will explore the great Broadway movie and stage show palaces that once made downtown Los Angeles the entertainment center of Southern California. Massive department stores and magnificent theaters drew generations of Angelenos to the city center.
Still a lively shopping street, Broadway is now a hub of adaptive reuse projects that have turned office buildings and department stores into housing, dining, retail and nightlife destinations.
A Docent from the Los Angeles Conservancy will personally escort and tour the group through this National Historic District and learn about Broadway’s evolution and ongoing revitalization. We’ll leave the parking lot behind City Hall at 9:00 am and travel by luxury coach to downtown. After, enjoy a no host lunch downtown before returning to the Orange City Hall after 3:00 pm. This is an exterior walking tour on city streets and the tour route includes hills, uneven pavement and steps.
Tickets are $55 per person, and $45 for OTPA members
Join our docent guided tour of an outstanding example of American Arts and Crafts-style architecture, designed by Charles and Henry Greene in 1908 for David and Mary Gamble of the Procter & Gamble Company.
The tour departs Orange City Hall in a luxury coach at 9:00 am, returning at 2:00 pm. We’ll visit the legendary interior rooms and see the magnificent gardens spreading over the home’s manicured grounds. Afterwards we’ll enjoy a no-host lunch in Historic Old Towne Pasadena.
OTPA on the Road - historic Los Angeles! 3rd weekend added!! Saturday, Feb 10 and Saturday eFb 17, 2018
OTPA ROAD TRIP TO HISTORIC DOWNTOWN LA!
TRAVEL ON ANOTHER EXCITING OTPA ON-THE-ROAD DISCOVERY TOUR!
Come explore historically significant downtown Los Angeles and enjoy a great overview of the city’s history and architecture from the eighteenth century to present.
Our tour will be narrated by a Docent from the respected Los Angeles Conservancy, and feature legendary L.A. landmarks, ending at the 81-year old Clifton’s Cafeteria where we’ll enjoy lunch.
THE BRADBURY BUILDING is still splendid more than 100 years after opening in 1893. Its magical light-filled Victorian court, open cage elevators, marble stairs, and ornate iron railings make this one of downtown's most photographed icons. It is the oldest commercial building remaining in the central city and one of Los Angeles’ unique treasures.
ANGEL’S FLIGHT™ RAILWAY is one of LA's most enduring landmarks. It opened in 1901 as the world’s shortest railway. It carries passengers up and down the steep slope between downtown and the top of Bunker Hill, one of Southern California’s most fashionable residential neighborhoods.
GRAND CENTRAL MARKET has been serving customers continuously since 1917. This 30,000 square-foot arcade includes an amazing food emporium and retail marketplace. A hundred years ago, Victorian mansions covered Bunker Hill and the residents rode down on Angels Flight to shop for groceries in this market’s open air arcade.
CLIFTON’S CAFETERIA is an icon of downtown Los Angeles, and where we’ll stop for a no-host lunch. It’s considered the world’s largest public cafeteria and the only one remaining from the Golden Age of cafeteria dining. Since opening in 1935 it has enchanted diners in a forest-themed wonderland, which is said to have inspired everyone from Walt Disney to writer Ray Bradbury.
WE’LL TRAVEL IN A LUXURY COACH leaving the Orange City Hall parking lot at 9:00 am and returning around 4 pm after lunch. Space is limited so make your reservations now!
TOUR: CHAPMAN's new Science & Tech Center Sunday • June 4, 2017
OTPA’S membership meeting featured the university’s VP of Campus Planning and Operations, Kris Eric Olsen, taking us on a sneak preview tour of the 135,000 sq. ft. Science and Technology Center currently under construction at Center and Walnut. Afterwards, refreshments were enjoyed while Kris briefed us on what else is underway, including the latest on what’s planned for student housing projects. Photos below!
OTPA ON-THE-ROAD to the Mission inn - Riverside Saturday, June 4, 2016
Following our successful 2015 tour of Pasadena’s famous Gamble House, OTPA was recently on the road again for another successful event—this time to the Mission Inn in Riverside. Keep an eye on this page for upcoming OTPA "On-the-Road" events!
opening soon: hilbert museum of california art tuesday, february 23, 2016
OTPA Champagne Reception and Gallery Tour of Chapman’s new Hilbert Museum of California Art, soon to open across from Ruby’s and the train station was once again, a huge success. Special thanks to OTPA board member Guy Hinrichs for putting it all together!
Mark Hilbert, donor of 104 spectacular "story telling" portraits of California history to Chapman University, personally narrated a tour of his collection for OTPA members in Chapman's new Mark Hilbert Museum. It was a special pre-opening tour and a OTPA's biggest General Meeting in years with more than 100 attending. Experience California Scene, an art genre portraying our history from the '20s to now: people and places, towns and cities, farms and ranches, marinas, factories, train stations, parks, freeways and the lure of the open road.
tour: musco center for the arts Saturday, November 21, 2015
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The Musco Center for the Arts Tour was a huge success! Arranged by OTPA's Education and Research Board member, Guy Hinrichs, the tour of the world-class facility was led by Kris Olsen, Chapman University's V.P. of Campus Planning and Operations and concluded with a reception in the adjacent chapel. The attention to detail and thought put into this magnificent facility will be enjoyed by Chapman students and Old Towne Orange residents for decades to come!. See additional photos on OTPA's FaceBook page by clicking here.
tour: Gamble House - pasadena saturday, June 27, 2015
The Gamble House tour in Pasadena on Saturday, June 27, 2015 was a rousing success per the 30 or so adventurers who made the trip in luxury on a chartered motorcoach.