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L.A. Times reopens Globe Lobby with monthly tours, events

November 9, 2011 |  6:00 am

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The Los Angeles Times Media Group will begin hosting free-to-the-public, monthly lunchtime mini-tours next week in its reopened, iconic 1935 Art Deco Globe Lobby.

The tours, called Thursdays @ The Globe, will feature meet-and-greet sessions with Times reporters, columnists, photojournalists, editors or executives.

The inaugural tour will be from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17. The tour will feature a discussion with Times’ architectural critic Christopher Hawthorne about the history of the Los Angeles Times headquarters. The building was designed by architectural legend Gordon Kaufmann, who designed Santa Anita Park and the Athenaeum at Caltech and provided the Streamline Moderne finishing touches to Hoover Dam.

 360° Panorama: L.A. Times' Globe Lobby

The second tour, on Dec. 8,  will feature award-winning Times photographer Mark Boster, who will sign copies of his new book, “Four Seasons in Yosemite.”

The Globe Lobby features 10-foot-high murals by Hugo Ballin, who painted the Griffith Observatory rotunda. The lobby features a large, rotating globe set on a bronze pedestal, as well as an exhibit showcasing the first 100 years of The Times.

Attendance to Thursdays @ The Globe is free, but RSVPs are required via ticket provider Eventbrite.

The Globe Lobby is open to visitors from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

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Panorama: Los Angeles Times Globe Lobby  Credit: Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times

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