Historic Old Torrance

Walking Tours of Historic Old Torrance

Address: 1345 Post Avenue, Torrance, CA

The Torrance Historical Society offers Walking Tours of Historic Old Torrance every fourth Sunday through October. This FREE docent-led tour begins at the Torrance Historical Museum at 1:30 p.m. and will point out many historic sites and landmarks in Old Torrance founded in 1912.

Guests will learn . . .

• What’s in the cornerstone of the original Jared Sidney Torrance Memorial Hospital
• Why Downtown was laid-out in a “Y” fashion
• About the explosion that helped put Torrance on the map
• What TV character “lived” on Cota
• About the oldest church building still in continuous use

The tour will also include information regarding the world renown landscape architectural firm of Olmsted & Sons, John C., and Frederick Law, Jr. of Brookline MA, who designed the City of Torrance. Attendees will learn how the City and some of the streets in Downtown got their name, where the first public library originated, the original boundaries of the City, where Buffy the Vampire Slayer was filmed and more.

The tour is an easy, but brisk walk, covering eight blocks. The walk is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. It’s free, open to the public, requires no reservations, and is hosted on the fourth Sunday of every month from May to October.

For additional information, contact the Museum at 310.328.5392 or visit the website at

Torrance Historical Museum is located at 1345 Post Avenue in Torrance.