ASICS LA MARATHON: MILE 4
Once past Little Tokyo, runners will make their way past the historic Los Angeles Times Building and again see LA City Hall as they turn onto 1st St and run up the hill towards Walt Disney Concert Hall. Disney Hall is part of the Music Center, along Grand Ave, which features not only Disney Hall, but also Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theatre, and Mark Taper Forum. Before turning onto Temple St, runners pass the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the mother church of the Roman Catholic Church’s Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Bunker Hill has gone from being a haven of upper class, educated residents in the late 19th century, to requiring a massive “slum-clearance” in the 1950s, to currently housing some of the tallest skyscrapers in the region. Despite this journey, Bunker Hill has once again reinvented itself into becoming an attraction to residents wanting to live in Downtown LA.
WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL
Designed by Frank Gehry and opened in 2003, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Los Angeles Master Chorale. The Hall has a distinct, futuristic style with stainless steel panels which stand out from its spot atop Bunker Hill. The acoustics of the Hall are critically renowned and are a big upgrade from the Philharmonic’s former home.
DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION
The former home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was built in the mid-1960s to help rejuvenate the performing arts in Los Angeles. It has served as the host to the Academy Awards over 25 times and the current home of the Los Angeles Opera and Dance at the Music Center group.
CATHEDRAL OF OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels opened in 2002, replacing the Cathedral of St. Vibiana as the mother Church of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, which was damaged in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels features seating for 3,000 worshippers, a central plaza, as well as several gardens on site. The tomb of Saint Vibiana, the patroness of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, is the centerpiece of the St. Vibiana Chapel, located adjacent to the mausoleum underneath the Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels.