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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
Rights Information
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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Center.; In 2009, construction of the new LAPD Metropolitan Detention Center was completed replacing the older and outdated jail facility at Parker Center.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.
View of Parker Center and the parking deck driveway as seen from sidewalk on Los Angeles Street looking east. The front of the building hangs over the entry plaza supported by columns. A grouping of tall palm trees casts a decorative shadow on the buildings facade while hedges and plant containers define the perimeter of the parking deck. In the foreground are steps and a walkway to the underground parking area. A screen wall is seen to the rear, 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
Parking lots--California--Los Angeles
Driveways--California--Los Angeles
Columns--California--Los Angeles
Palms--California--Los Angeles
Shades and shadows--California--Los Angeles
Hedges--California--Los Angeles
Landscape plants--California--Los Angeles
Plant containers--California--Los Angeles
Stairs--California--Los Angeles
Walkways--California--Los Angeles
Exterior walls--California--Los Angeles
Police vehicles--California--Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Heritage Documentation Programs Collection photographs
Stanton, J. E
Cornell, Ralph D
Welton Becket and Associates
Photography + Preservation Associates

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