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Parker Center
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection
Reagh, William
Date Created and/or Issued
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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Center.; In 2009, construction of the new LAPD Metropolitan Detention Center was completed replacing the older and outdated jail facility at Parker Center.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.
An aerial photo of Parker Center. The headquarters of the Los Angeles Police Dept. and surrounding parking lots is seen from the City Hall Tower. Beyond the Center (to the east) are other commercial buildings in the city, and includes Little Tokyo.
1 photograph :b&w
Photographic prints
William Reagh Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection
L.A.-Police Department-Parker Center; A-006-480 4x5
Parker Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles (Calif.).--Police Department
Police--California--Los Angeles
Police stations--California--Los Angeles
Office buildings--California--Los Angeles
Commercial buildings--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Parking lots--California--Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Aerial photographs
Becket, Welton
Time Period

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