Downtown Historic-Art Tour

The Santa Cruz US Post Office. Photo courtesy of and © Paul Babb.
The Santa Cruz US Post Office was built in 1911 in the Renaissance Revival Style. Photo courtesy of and © Paul Babb.

Learn the stories behind Santa Cruz’s historic art.



This walking tour presents twelve stops that bring to light some of Santa Cruz’s most interesting historic buildings, sculptures and murals sprinkled throughout the city. We highlight a few stops below but all twelve can be read in our mobile app, Mobile Ranger Guides. The mobile version of this tour was made possible by Don Lauritson with the support of the Santa Cruz Historic Preservation Commission.

A screen shot of the stops and the interactive map feature in the self-guided mobile tour.
A screen shot of the stops and the interactive map feature in the self-guided mobile tour.

Meet Tom Scribner and learn about his famous suspenders.

Tom Scribner Statue, 1978, Pacific Avenue at Locust Street. Photo courtesy of the Santa Cruz Historical Commission.
Tom Scribner Statue, 1978, Pacific Avenue at Locust Street. Photo courtesy of the Santa Cruz Historical Commission.

Discover the history of Santa Cruz’s own Jazz Alley. The Kuumbwa Jazz Center is one of the most highly respected jazz venues in the country!

Mural close-up. Photo courtesy of the Santa Cruz Historical Commission.
Jazz Alley Mural/Kuumbwa 2010. Pacific Avenue and Birch Lane. Artist: Marvin Plummer. Photo courtesy of the Santa Cruz Historical Commission.

The Del-Mar Theater has some great architectural and design details.

Decorative interior lobby ceiling by noted theater designer William Chevalis. Photo courtesy of the Santa Cruz Historical Commission.
Decorative interior lobby ceiling by noted theater designer William Chevalis. Photo courtesy of the Santa Cruz Historical Commission.

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Go to Mobile Ranger Guides in the Apple App Store
Go to Mobile Ranger Guides in the Google Play Store

Can’t get to downtown Santa Cruz? No Problem. Read some of the stories below: blog-style!

About The Author

Ranger Salazar

Lauren McEvoy is a naturalist and Santa Cruz native with a passion for teaching through writing. She graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2015. Lauren worked for Mobile Ranger as an intern and created a self-guided natural history tour of the UCSC campus. After graduation she has come back to Mobile Ranger to write and help things run smoothly.

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