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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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  • Stopped to take a view of the city that we had been exploring for the past two days. Went up to the 27th floor observation deck, which provides a 360 degree view of the downtown LA area. And, it is fr...  more »
  • I never realized the City Hall had a free observation deck. Nice views of the city on a clear day. Also wandering around the hallways of the majestic building was a treat. The security guards had sugg...  more »
  • It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s Superman. I cannot view the City Hall without thinking of Lois Lane and Clark Kent. Superman always flew over the Los Angeles City Hall in the 1950’s episodes of Sup...  more »
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  • This is one of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in Los Angeles. When it was built it was a landmark that was meant to show that Los Angeles was now a force to be reckoned with. There were three days of celebrations for its opening. Take the time and go up to the top of the city hall building and go to the observation deck. A multitude of movies and TV shows have been filmed there. You'll be able to see this the that span from the ocean to the mountains.
  • The observation deck has great views of the city. Be prepared to pass through security and metal detectors. You'll need to swap elevators once and still climb another set of stairs. Everyone was friendly and the view was fantastic. We were able to take pictures of the Griffith Observatory and later that day took pictures of the City Hall from the Observatory. The only downside was the parking deck is underground a block away. To get from the deck to the building you pass through a park with an assortment of homeless sleeping on the benches and in the bushes.
  • City Hall is Vibrant! And that starts "at-the-top" with our Mayor. Stately and warm...these Halls resonate with world power and strength. Yet, there was time for Lynell Washington (Planning Director, Office of Marqueece Harris-Dawson) to spare the embarrassment of a selfie and answer some housing questions. That's what I call...WARM! Big "Thank You!" Job well done folks!!! Come visit...see what beautiful treasures lie inside "your" City Hall...take a tour. Bring the kids during Holiday break. It's FREE!
  • Really cool experience being able to visit the observation deck on the 27th floor and seeing the cityscape of downtown Los Angeles FOR FREE
  • Great historic building & the 360 degree view from the 27th floor is perfect! 👌
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