Designed by Archibald Garner, George Stanley, Gordon Newell, Roger Noble Burnham and Arnold Foerester, the Astronomers Monument immortalizes Hipparchus, Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, and Herschel.; In 1896 Griffith J. Griffith donated over 3000 acres of Rancho Los Felis to the City of Los Angeles to create a public park in his name. In 1912 he offered the city $100,000 for an observatory to be built on the top of Mount Hollywood. Designed by architects John C. Austin and Frederick M. Ashley, Griffith Observatory (2800 East Observatory Road) was completed in 1935. In 1976 the observatory was declared Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #168. In 1997 the Department of Recreation and Parks hired project architect Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates (now Pfeiffer Partners, Inc.) and associate architect Levin & Associates Architects to design a major renovation and expansion project for the observatory, which was completed in 2006. Griffith Park was declared Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #942 in 2009. Fire fighters outside the Griffith Park Observatory remove a large white cloth covering the Astronomers Monument.
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