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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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  • This building, symbol of Los Angeles, dominates the downtown area. It is home of the mayor and definitely in the endless list of things to see in this huge city. Dating back almost 100 years ago, it i...  more »
  • In New York you pay to go up the Rockefeller Centre or Empire State to get the kind of views you can get from the top of LA City Hall for free. 3 different elevators take you to floor 27 where you can...  more »
  • From the hotel you stay at LA Marathon look better. In architecture, reminiscent of the Obelisk was clapping at the top of the building. Got lost in downtown when it comes to rely on.
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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.