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New cafeteria poorly designed
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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The $24,000,000 building, designed to last approximately 250 years, is an imposing two-block-long structure. U.S. Chief Justice Warren broke ground for the building on March 26, 1954, and was again on hand October 31, 1958 when the edifice was dedicated. Italian marble covers most of the walls and the 850,000 square feet of floor space, along with more than 50,000 cubic yards of concrete. The structure is actually two buildings, with a 6-inch space between the east side, which will be used by the superior courts, and the west side, which will be devoted to the municipal courts. The municipal court side, with its foundations at a higher level, rises three stories above the more massive superior court end. The structure was designed by a corporation of associate architects: J.E. Stanton, Paul Williams, Adrian Wilson and Austin, Field & Fry. The County Courthouse opened on January 5, 1959.
Photograph caption dated April 29, 1959 reads "Mrs. Phyllis Gilbert, probate dept. secretary, holds out her hands between service counters of the 'poorly-designed white elephant' cafeteria atop the ultra swank new county courthouse. The oak-panelled (sic) eatery took another verbal beating today from county officials. Concessionaires don't want to work there. Mrs. Gilbert holds out her hands. Taxpayers are throwing up theirs in disgust." The cafeteria was criticized for being too large and for having a poor layout.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 60
Los Angeles County Courthouse (Los Angeles, Calif. : 1958-)
Los Angeles County Courthouse (Los Angeles, Calif. : 1958-)--Officials and employees
Courthouses--California--Los Angeles
Public buildings--California--Los Angeles
Cafeterias--California--Los Angeles
Secretaries--California--Los Angeles
Civil service--California--Los Angeles
Employees--California--Los Angeles
Women--California--Los Angeles
Interiors--California--Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Portrait photographs
Los Angeles Evening Herald Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs
Wilson, Adrian
Williams, Paul R.,1894-1980
Stanton, J. E
Austin, Field & Fry

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