LOS ANGELES | City Hall | 454 FT / 138 M | 24 FLOORS | 1928
L.A.'s iconic City Hall is a lovely tapering white terra-cotta masterpiece. Designed by Albert Martin, whose sons transformed downtown Los Angeles with their tall modern towers, City Hall is a nod to classical forms with some deco flair.
It was the tallest building in the state when completed in 1928 until the completion of Union Bank Square (by AC Martin & Partners) on Figueroa Street in 1964.
The building was restored carefully and seismically retrofitted after being damaged during the 1994 Northridge quake. Part of the restoration was replacing the white terra-cotta tiles that line the facade. The aircraft beacon on top of the pyramid was restored and a new lighting scheme debuted in (2001?).
The building has 23 city office floors and the tower is capped with the exquisite Tom Bradley Room, a conference and reception room open to the public with amazing views. The room also has exterior arcades on all four sides and can be opened up to the lovely Southern California weather.
I believe this is the 3rd tallest city hall in the US (behind Philadelphia and New York, just ahead of KC)?
the Tom Bradley Room...
the most unfortunate parking lot in all of Los Angeles...
the view (great in all four directions)...
Still a stand-out in the skyline...
Even if you are 1 in a million, there are still 7,000 people just like you...
Funny, I was just thinking of posting an LA City Hall love thread. Just go on flickr and search for Los Angeles City Hall. There's some phenomenal interior shots- I love that rotunda floor
This building is a spectacular example of a civic monument- the pride and idealism of its builders and designers oozes from every pore of its terra cotta hide.
After the damage suffered in the Northridge quake, we're lucky City Hall is still with us. The building took severe damage, and there were many who wanted to tear it down(!). Fortunately they didn't get their way, and after a massive seismic retrofit, this beautiful skyscraper is still here, and will be for many years more.
"Build me to the heavens, and Life never stops"
"Live as if the world were as it should be, to show it what it can be"
"Prayers are fleeting and wars are forgotten, but what is built endures"
-Ambassador DeLenn, Babylon 5
It is both beautiful architecture and a gem of civic pride, both of which are lacking in Los Angeles. It's in my avatar for a reason. It's my second favorite building in Los Angeles behnd Mayne's Cal Trans building.
It's always been iconic because it stands out from the rest of LA's buildings. Before the 60's it was iconic for being the tallest building, but now it's iconic for not having a helicopter pad on top of a square roof.
I'll make no subscription to your paradise.
It was iconic enough to be destroyed by the Martians in George Pal's 1953 War of the Worlds. The Library Tower took over as the iconic structure targeted by the aliens in the 1996 movie Independence Day.
My Detroit and Lego architecture photos: flickr/decojim/
Probably the most well-known skyscraper in LA, slightly ahead of the Library Tower. Gorgeous building with an observation deck I have yet to experience.
Really? I'm quite surprised because I think you've been in this area (I know, you're in Puke City) much longer than I have. It's quite a site especially if you're alone.
Dragnet and every other cop show based in LA probably helped the building become more recognizable. Hell, its on the shield of the LAPD.
I think at one time it was the Daily Planet as well. I can't remember though.
"highrises are tall and shiny and expensive and city-like!!! I'm eternally happy our 4 sq miles of shiny highrises is finally getting more shiny neighbors!! If we can't actually be a real city, at least we can look like one in the postcards!!! LAMG, citywatch, bjornson, if you're listening, post more pictures and comments!" - edluva