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Los Angeles County Hall of Justice
Alternative Title
Los Angeles County Building Survey Photo Collection;
Olmos, Tavo
Photographs taken for Historic American Buildings Survey or the Historic Landscapes Survey: documentation is on file
Date Created and/or Issued
Publication Information
Historic American Landscapes Survey
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Title supplied by cataloger.; Photographs taken for Historic American Landscapes Survey which includes documentation.; Photograph on sheet with 3 other images.
Located at 211 W. Temple Street, The Los Angeles County Hall of Justice was built in 1925, designed by the Allied Architects Association, a collective of prominent architects whose other contributions include City Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. The historic fourteen-story building was built in the Beaux Arts and Italian Renaissance style with concrete floor slabs, a steel frame structure, and an exterior of white granite. The Hall of Justice is the oldest surviving government building in the civic center area and was the nation's first consolidated judicial facility housing the Los Angeles County courts, Los Angeles County Coroner, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office, the Los Angeles County District Attorney and the Los Angeles County jail, until it was red-tagged and vacated after damage from the Northridge Earthquake in 1994. It was host to many infamous trials including those for Sirhan Sirhan and Charles Manson and housed such notables as Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, Errol Flynn, Charlie Chaplin and Robert Mitchum. Autopsies were also performed here including those for Marilyn Monroe and Robert F. Kennedy. After the Northridge earthquake, many attempts had been made to renovate and re-open the Hall of Justice. It is currently undergoing a major $234-million renovation and, once open, will again house offices for the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and the District Attorney.
Interior view of a room on the northwest part of the first floor inside the Los Angeles County Hall of Justice, looking southeast. The paint has started to peel from the walls and ceiling.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 13 cm. on sheet 21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Los Angeles County Building Survey Collection;
Los Angeles County Hall of Justice
Public buildings--California--Los Angeles
Municipal buildings--California--Los Angeles
Courthouses--California--Los Angeles
Jails--California--Los Angeles
Eclecticism in architecture--California--Los Angeles
Renaissance revival (Architecture)--California--Los Angeles--Italian influences
Interiors--California--Los Angeles
Columns--California--Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Allied Architects Association of Los Angeles
Positive Image Photographic Services

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