Tours That Brad Pitt Would Love

I figured that title might get your attention.

If you read any tabloids at all, you know that Brad Pitt is an architecture aficionado…he reportedly loves and studies different building designs. I totally get that.

I am back at my Alma Mater taking an architecture class. Right on campus again. Loving it. For one of my assignments I had to visit a significant type of architecture for a region, photograph it, and write about how the social, political, and cultural elements of the time influenced the design.

Eames House, Pacific Palisades CA

I chose Mid-Century Modern as my style to research, and luckily for me, a friend of mine is a real estate agent for architecturally significant properties in Los Angeles.  He let me come and photograph his Mid-Century Modern house for sale. (Call Jonathan Ruiz at Rose and Chang for the coolest houses on the market! (

In studying the modern movement between the 30s and 60s, I learned so much about Los Angeles.   It made me realize, an architectural tour of a destination is not only aesthetically pleasing, but a way to really understand the development and signature style of a place. Architecture as zeitgeist.

There are many fabulous architectural tours available around the world. Here are some ways to get started if you are considering visiting any of the following cities:

The Chicago Architecture Foundation is a great place to start for boat tours on the Chicago River, or walking and bus tours through the city. Two significant architects that have works in Chicago are Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mies van der Rohe – the foundation has individual tours just for their creations.

Architectural Tours of Savannah, Georgia:  Savannah’s downtown area is one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the United States.

Los Angeles Walking Tours – The LA Conservancy is a good place to start – this city is a cornucopia of styles – form Art Deco, to Renaissance… there is a modern committee that supposedly gives tours of Mid-Century Modern as well.

London- In Front of Big Ben

London Architectural Walks: Choose among a number of tours – including one that focuses on Royal London.

New Orleans Garden District

New Orleans architecture – from the French Quarter to the lovely Garden District… by boat or bike, this website lists other websites that give all kinds of tours:

As Frank Lloyd Wright once said: Every great architect is – necessarily – a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.
Time to go see those interpretations.

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  • Cindy Olnick

    Thanks so much for mentioning the L.A. Conservancy’s walking tours! We’d be happy to take Mr. Pitt – or anyone else – on an exploration of historic downtown Los Angeles. Another great resource for mid-century modern tours is Architecture Tours L.A. at

    Cindy Olnick, Los Angeles Conservancy

  • TracyGallagher

    You are welcome- if you do end up taking Mr Pitt, let me know :)