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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Center.; In 2009, construction of the new LAPD Metropolitan Detention Center was completed replacing the older and outdated jail facility at Parker Center.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.
Parker Center landscape as seen from the top floor terrace of South City Hall looking southeast. Temple Street is at left intersected by Los Angeles Street. Trees help to define the perimeter of the parking lot. Part 1 of 2 with image 00110897.
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
Parking lots--California--Los Angeles
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Trees--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Street (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Temple Street (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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