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Title
Parker Center Landscape
Alternative Title
Los Angeles County Building Survey Photo Collection;
Creator
Grogan, Brian
Contributor
Photographs taken for Historic American Buildings Survey or the Historic Landscapes Survey: documentation is on file
Date Created and/or Issued
2005
Publication Information
Heritage Documentation Programs (U.S.).; Historic American Landscapes Survey
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at http://tessa.lapl.org/OrderingUse.html for additional information.
Description
Title supplied by cataloger.
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Center.; In 2009, construction of the new LAPD Metropolitan Detention Center was completed replacing the older and outdated jail facility at Parker Center.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 from the Parker Center main entrance looking northwest towards Los Angeles Street. The front part of the building hangs over the entrance plaza supported by columns. Visible in the foreground is the transition from the marble used in the plaza to the cement used for the walkway. City Hall East is partially visible across Los Angeles Street, to the right.
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 13 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00110923
Los Angeles County Building Survey Collection;
GPC_b95_f4_i28
CARL0005232603
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/239
Subject
Parker Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles City Hall (Los Angeles, Calif.)
James K. Hahn City Hall East (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
Walkways--California--Los Angeles
Columns--California--Los Angeles
City halls--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles 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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