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Westside : Tour to Benefit Homeless

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A benefit tour on Sunday offers participants a peek at some of the best-kept architectural secrets in West Los Angeles.

The Architects for Shelter tour benefits the Ocean Park Community Center in Santa Monica, a group providing services for the homeless, battered women and runaways.

Participants on the $75 tour will get maps to guide them from site to site around West Los Angeles, beginning at 2440 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Participants should arrive between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; the tour ends at 5 p.m.

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The first stop is a milk-plant-turned-office-building. Visitors then go to the Veterans Administration complex, a little-known collection of architectural treasures.

Later stops include an African art gallery, a shop full of well-known architectural models and a private home with innovative earthquake protection and an unusual furniture collection.

The tour ends at a Frank Gehry-designed house with an impressive modern-art collection.

Additional stops include a nursery and a natural spring that is an important Native American landmark.

Several Westside restaurants will provide refreshments along the way.

Information: (310) 399-9232.

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