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This spooky driving tour of L.A. ‘witch’ houses lets you celebrate Halloween, safely

The self-guided tour aims to not only offer a new appreciation for LA’s historically significant residential architecture but also to create a socially distanced sense of fun during the coronavirus pandemic.

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5 Things to Do

Architecture preservation group Friends of Residential Treasures: Los Angeles (FORT: LA) invites you to summon the spirits from the safety of your car this year with this self-guided tour of five 'witch' (or warlock) houses lurking in the spooky underbelly of Los Angeles' bleached facade.

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Take a spooky storybook tour of L.A. with this map of witch houses

Just in time for spooky season, October’s itinerary is ‘witch houses’ thanks to Amber Benson, the Witches of Echo Park novelist and a mid-series regular on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (she played Tara).

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61 Self-Guided Tours for Exploring L.A. on Your Own

While interior access to those homes is not possible right now, FORT: LA is facilitating the opportunity to venture outside of your own neighborhood by launching its self-guided ‘trails program’ — including FORT Trails, whose routes have been written by experts (or ‘trailblazers’) in conservation, art and architecture, academics and more…

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How to get on the trail of LA’s most significant architectural homes

When you suddenly realize that there is an important piece of architecture in your neighborhood, I believe that will lead to greater civic and community involvement and a sense of pride in your neighborhood and on your block,” says [Founder Russell] Brown. “There are a lot of benefits that can come out of that that are ancillary than just learning about architecture.

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Take ‘Buffy’ Star Amber Benson’s Tour of L.A.’s Witchiest Houses

You can now take a self-guided tour of Los Angeles’s witchiest homes curated by one of TV’s best witches. Author, filmmaker, and Buffy star Amber Benson partnered with Friends of Residential Treasures: LA (FORT:LA) on a seasonally appropriate trail of architecture and mystery.

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One of Our Fave T.V. Witches Has Crafted a Halloween Tour of L.A.'s Magical Storybook Houses

There are five stops total, and Fort: LA's accompanying digital guide dishes even more details on the architectural styles, how much each house cost to build, historic newspaper clippings, documents from city archives, and more. As with any natural and urban trail, there are rules: Don't bother the occupants, and leave no trace.

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Searching for weekend plans? Try one of these seasonal road trips

On FORT:LA’s website you’ll find fun facts about each home, as well as a map and music suggestions to accompany your adventure.

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Halloween Events and Safety: Drive-Thru or Drive-In

The self-guided tour is a fun, socially-distanced scavenger hunt of sorts that helps local residents discover a variety of architectural styles and neighborhoods only found in L.A.

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One of Our Fave TV Witches Has Crafted a Halloween Tour of L.A.’s Magical Storybook Houses

There are five stops total, and Fort: L.A.’s accompanying digital guide dishes even more details on the architectural styles, how much each house cost to build, historic newspaper clippings, documents from city archives and more.

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In Los Angeles, COVID Inspires Drive-Thru Halloween

The coronavirus pandemic has affected how people celebrate holidays, like Halloween. approaches, the notion that the traditional trick-or-treating by children will be curtailed has inspired alternatives – including various drive-through experiences in Los Angeles, California.

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Witch Houses

The importance of this and many of FORT:LA’s mission is to preserve the spirit of LA’s idiosyncratic architectural styles, a hodgepodge specialty which stacks varying movements all on one block.

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Field Tripping

Architecture has never been so bewitching…

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For Labor Day, FORT: LA is offering free downloadable "trails" of the city's best residential architecture

Compiled by a group of curators dubbed ‘trailblazers,’ the carefully-outlined trails will highlight the architectural beauty of LA…

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FORT: LA's self-guided trails connect Los Angeles' finest architectural residences

When you go from one end of the city to the other using these houses as waypoints, you’re going to experience an entire spectrum of what it means to be an Angeleno…

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Take a self-guided tour of architecturally significant homes

L.A. has numerous architectural gems, especially when it comes to homes. College student Mari Kimura Goldberg wanted to get to know her city better so she found maps created by Friends of Residential Treasures and decided to take a self-guided tour.

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