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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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  • August 4, 2017
    (** This comment mean region where is City Hall, not the City Hall itself. I searched for "los angeles downtown" but not found ***). Well, I like history, culture, so I took 1:30 of my day to wander through Downtown Los Angeles, which is basically the legal-financial center. I visited the Cathedral (my assessment), after I walked some streets and walked in the square right in front of City Hall. Finally, I stopped by court/forum in L.A.! Recommend this tour for anyone who wants to get out of the typical points (Hollywood, Beverly Hills, etc) and want to make a trip more "cult", a place frequented by tourists ... but not so much!!! The square in front of City Hall is all florida and has tables to have a snack, rest ... All very nice and organized. Anyway, for those who want to learn a little about this ride, I recommend doing what I did: Park your car, you can visit the Cathedral which is quite different, big, pretty, then walk through some streets (go by direction) until you reach the square in front of City Hall. In 1 h-1 h 30 I can do all that. Then there's the museums, and other historical and famous places as the Olvera Street. But not I went by, I didn't have much time and wasn't even a priority. Anyway, the hint!
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  • August 4, 2017
    Take the express elevator to the 22nd floor, then the next elevator to the 26th for incredible 36* views of LA with legend boards to identify the landmarks. Then descend to the 3rd floor to admire the...  more »
  • July 20, 2017
    It's a beautiful building and a place that everyone living in or visiting Los Angeles should see. The interior architecture is fascinating and a (free) trip to the observation deck will give you a gre...  more »
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  • June 10, 2017
    A very nice place to see downtown LA from. Due to the position of the building outside of LA's skyline, you get to see the skyline from a very good vantage point. You enter from Main St. entrance go through some security and then you can go to the top floor of the building. The mayor's office is on the way and there is a cool podium on the top floor. Plus it's free!
  • June 11, 2017
    We got off a subway train at the Hill street Los Angeles Civic Center station and walked two blocks to Los Angeles city hall. We took a tour of this amazing building which ended on the observation level. The views of Los Angeles were awesome and on that clear day we saw Catalina island.
  • June 8, 2017
    Great views to the LA skyline. Free admission makes it good for budget tourists. Great historic building.
  • May 9, 2017
    Love this place. The architecture and history is amazing. Took some police testing here and got a full tour.
  • June 3, 2017
    Historic Building. Great place to take a walk down through Grand Park on Downtown LA.

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