Olvera Street and America Tropical

Having grown up here in Los Angeles we’ve been to Olvera Street many times. It’s always fun, but it hasn’t changed much in a long time. The food is pretty good and there’s some good people watching to be had, but it’s mostly the same everytime we go. Walking down the alley ways and looking at all the vendors has always been the main attraction.

Recently though, they’ve opened up the America Tropical Interpretive Center. I was excited to see something new so I ventured in. Inside I found a small interpretive center dedicated to the mural painted by David Siqueiros in 1932. It was deemed to controversial and was white washed in 1938. Sometime in the 1960s the white wash began to fade and it was re-discovered.

You can walk through the center and learn about the artist and the controversy he created. Then you can walk upstairs to see the mural for yourself. It’s faded of course, and there is an awning built to protect it from more sun damage. It’s worth the trip to Olvera Street though and I highly recommend it. Oh, and don’t forget to grab a burrito while you’re there too!