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Parker Center Landscape
Alternative Title
Los Angeles County Building Survey Photo Collection;
Grogan, Brian
Photographs taken for Historic American Buildings Survey or the Historic Landscapes Survey: documentation is on file
Date Created and/or Issued
Publication Information
Heritage Documentation Programs (U.S.).; Historic American Landscapes Survey
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Located at 150 N. Los Angeles Street, the Police Administration Building served as the headquarters for the Los Angeles Police Dept. from 1955 to 2009. Designed by Welton Becket in association with J. E. Stanton and landscape architect Ralph D. Cornell, the 7-story, Modernist structure includes a horizontal slab with bands of windows on the long east and west sides, and glazed terra cotta panels on the short north and south sides. Horizontal 2-story wings extend out into the surrounding parking lots, defining an entrance plaza and a visual base for the building. The design of the entrance plaza and gardens was part of the Modern landscape architecture trend to unite indoor and outdoor space. After the sudden death of Police Chief William H. Parker on July 16, 1966, the building was renamed Parker Center.; In 2009, construction of the new LAPD Metropolitan Detention Center was completed replacing the older and outdated jail facility at Parker Center. Much of the landscaping that was part of the original design for Parker Center was removed to make room for the new 172,000 sq. ft. metro jail.; The "Family Group" sculpture was designed by Tony Rosenthal who was commissioned by Welton Becket to create a piece for the exterior of the Police Administration building. The sculpture was made from sheets of bronze and represents a policeman protecting a family made up of a mother holding an infant in her left arm and boy standing to her right. The sculpture was installed in 1955 shortly after the construction of the building was completed.
View of the Parker Center plaza looking east. The front part of the building hangs over the marble plaza supported by columns. Landscaping on each side of the entrance lends visual interest to the glass wall of the auditorium on the left and the "Family Group" sculpture on the right.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 13 cm.
Photographic prints
Los Angeles County Building Survey Collection;
Parker Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Police stations--California--Los Angeles
International style (Architecture)--California--Los Angeles
Architecture, Modern
Urban landscape architecture--California--Los Angeles
Office buildings--California--Los Angeles
Plazas--California--Los Angeles
Sculpture--California--Los Angeles
Columns--California--Los Angeles
Landscape plants--California--Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Heritage Documentation Programs Collection photographs
Stanton, J. E
Cornell, Ralph D
Rosenthal, Tony,1914-2009
Welton Becket and Associates
Photography + Preservation Associates

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