Known as a colorful Mexican marketplace, Old Plaza is the oldest section of Los Angeles. This well-known portion of the city of Angels is currently being restored with a large historic park. The buildings range in style from an Adobe dwelling of 1818 and an 1887 Eastlake Victorian to a Spanish style church of 1926. There are also several brick buildings.
Many of the historic buildings on the plaza now serve as museums and are open to the general public complete with tours. Statues, plaques, murals and informative signposts provide additional historic perspective for visitors. Reenactments of Mexican culture are frequently staged in the Plaza and several seasonal celebrations draw large crowds. A couple of million visitors frequent the area annually. Visitors are drawn to the Mexican culture, historic influence, and heritage that are all found within a major metropolis.
Over the years there has been much renovation, restoration and gentrification of this old neighborhood but the charm has remained and it is the charm that draws its visitors. People travel as far as Mexico to submerge themselves in the culture deep within the city of Angels. Between the food and shopping, tourists are drawn to the region and keep coming back year after year.