Michael Dolan, editor American History magazine, January 2, 2020
For the neophyte and the knowledgeable, Architecture Tours L.A. offers a fascinating and informative experience centered around a great American city’s architecture.
“Laura Massino Smith’s encyclopedic familiarity with her topic combines with her genially energetic delivery to make each neighborhood odyssey a delight. I will be back for more. Thanks again for the wonderful tour of Silver Lake and its mid-century modern gems. Eileen, Marty and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. We look forward to booking tours of other districts when we again visit LA.”
Fantastic L.A. Tour!
I have three tours in two days during my visit in LA. I was lucky to find Laura’s Architectural Tours web site. Laura’s tours were very thorough and extensive. I strongly recommend these tours to all architects who plan to visit LA.
Ann and Rex, Sydney Australia
“My husband Rex and I did two architecture tours with Laura. The downtown tour and the Hollywood tour.Both tours were possibly the best tours that we have ever done. Laura has an extensive knowledge of architecture and each area that we visited she was able to give an informative commentary on the various neighbourhoods and points of interest. The whole experience was a positive one with Laura collecting us from the door in spotlessly clean transportation. If you want to do a tour or more than one tour with Architecture Tours L.A. I would give this a 5 star rating for a reasonable cost for the extensive knowledge and genuineness that Laura imparts.”
“All in all a great informative and pleasant experience we will definitely book more tours with this company when we return to California from Australia.”
Michael, San Clemente, July 12, 2011
“Merci, I wanted to take the time to send you a thank you note for being such a wonderful tour guide for the four of us Sunday morning. Betty, Roger, Don and I can’t say enough about what a wonderful experience it was sharing all the details of Downtown Los Angeles. I am a native Southern California, born in Pasadnea and come to Los Angeles regularly but had no idea of the richness of much of what I was looking at these years. You brought the day to life with your in-depth knowledge and your engaging personality. We all want you to know what a delight it was for all of us. I have alraedy passed your contact information on to two people. One of them has a son going to Architecture School and he is planning on giving your tour to him as a gift. I am planning on giving several as gifts for this coming Christmas.”
“I know that the four of us will be back for one of your additional tours soon. Until then, drive safely and know that you were a true delight to spend a Sunday with.”
Sean T Stewart AIA LEED
“Thank you so much for the terrific tour of Silverlake in December. As a professor of design and architectural history enthusiast I drag my wife to architecturally significant sites wherever we travel. Having never been to L.A. and only having a few short days to see the unique design portfolio the region offers, the task was much too big for me to accomplish independently.”
“Your tour was the perfect compliment to the more common sites we visited on our own (Getty, Our Lady of Angels, Disney, Santa Monica, Venice, etc.). You showed us exactly what I had hoped to see, and your knowledge of history and design were deep and impressive. The tour made the trip so much more successful than I had imagined and Tracy enjoyed herself just as much as me.”
“Thank you. Good luck in 2010”
Crane Architectural Group
“We wanted to thank you again for the wonderful tour last week. We greatly appreciate all your hard work in organizing our day. We all had a great time and really enjoyed all of the buildings we visited. Here is a little remembrance from all of us!””With much gratitude,”
Sue and Don, Seattle
“We had the privilege to share Laura’s expertise on two separate tours. The Frank Gehry tour started at the Disney Concert Hall in downtown and this building alone is worth the tour, but Laura had many more gems to show us. She took us to what seemed to be average buildings, but with her architecture expertise, as well as a wonderful ability to draw the visitor into the design, we enjoyed seeing the buildings as we never seen them before. Her ease of maneuvering through traffic, at the same time pointing out delightful sights is worth every penny. We took the Hollywood tour the next day, with the same wonderful results. Laura took us on back streets and alleys to see fantastic buildings. Areas that seem to be fairly mundane are brought to life with her expertise in design, history and the like. Architecture Tours L.A. a must do when in LA!!!”
Joyful Art by Sue Robertson