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City Hall, Los Angeles
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Los Angeles City Hall, completed 1928, is the center of the government of the city of Los Angeles, California, and houses the mayor's office and the meeting chambers and offices of the Los Angeles City Council. It is located in the Civic Center district of downtown Los Angeles in the city block bounded by Main, Temple, First, and Spring streets.HistoryThe building was designed by John Parkinson, John C. Austin, and Albert C. Martin, Sr., and was completed in 1928. Dedication ceremonies were held on April 26, 1928. It has 32 floors and, at 454ft high, is the tallest base-isolated structure in the world, having undergone a seismic retrofit from 1998 to 2001 so that the building will sustain minimal damage and remain functional after a magnitude 8.2 earthquake. The concrete in its tower was made with sand from each of California's 58 counties and water from its 21 historical missions. City Hall's distinctive tower was based on the shape of the Mausoleum of Mausolus, and shows the influence of the Los Angeles Public Library, completed soon before the structure was started. An image of City Hall has been on Los Angeles Police Department badges since 1940.
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  • A nice free way to get a nice panoramic view of LA. Go through security on the Main St side of the building and the the elevator. We walked from the 22nd floor not realizing you can also take the elev...  more »
  • If you made a tour in downtown it's an almost forced passage. The building is nice and there are other things to see around here.
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  • Los Angeles landmark building overlooking the downtown area, home to the Mayor, to be in endless things to see in this huge city. Dating back almost 100 years ago, it's well worth a stop and go to view that can be enjoyed from the top of the whole downtown. If you can find the time, and you love good views, so enjoy ...
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  • Talk about zero help and customer no service. Between homeless pissing on the streets, broken meters which they will ticket you for anyway. This is a city without service and high taxes. Avoid at all costs thanks for nothing but scandals Eric Garcetti.
  • As far as City Halls go, this one gets top marks? Why? Well, because it's completely open that's why! With just an ID and a smile you can get yourself up to the observation deck on the 27th floor, and catch some truly amazing photos of Los Angeles just like I did.
  • Beautiful building. Visitor entrance is on Main Street. It takes 3 elevator trips, but the view from the 27th floor is incredible.
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  • Amazing big pointy in LA downtown,historic building appeared in countless tv shows & movies,do you remember Adventures of superman from1950, that's was one of the most famous classic movie with City Hall Building images.who watched old superman movies get emotion passing by this beautiful building L.A. City Hall.