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City Hall, Los Angeles

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Civic Center Architectural Building
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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  • For everyone who has seen the LA on countless TV shows and in movies, checking out first hand is a must. Totally worth a visit and it is close to the Grand Central Market. Worthwhile.  more »
  • I was born and raised in Los Angeles when City Hall was the tallest building in downtown. I finally went to see it as a tourist. The park around City Hall has huge trees with massive trunks. The lobby...  more »
  • Because it wasn't a perfectly clear day, we decided to take the advise of others and go up to the 27th floor observation area for free. Really nice views of the city. The 26th floor has a very nice di...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Great views to the LA skyline. Free admission makes it good for budget tourists. Great historic building.
  • Love this place. The architecture and history is amazing. Took some police testing here and got a full tour.
  • Historic Building. Great place to take a walk down through Grand Park on Downtown LA.