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Los Angeles City Hall
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Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Exterior view of L.A.'s third City Hall, located at Fort Street (which later became Broadway), between 2nd and 3rd streets. Architectural plans for this building were submitted by Caukin & Hass and formally accepted by City of Los Angeles officials on July 7, 1887; the cost of the entire structure had to come within the limits of $150,000. Designed and built in 1888 in a graceful Romanesque style and constructed of brick, sandstone and terra cotta, it included a buttressed skyscraper tower atop a square colonnade base, a wide three-arched porch accessed by a broad flight of stone steps, numerous large windows throughout, and a gabled roof. Municipal departments, as well as the offices for: Clerk and Council, Tax Collector, Treasurer, Chief of Fire Department, Zanjero, Building Inspector, Board of Education, Board of Health, Health Officer, Board of Public Works, Mayor's office, Council Chambers, City Attorney, Superintendent of Streets, Assessor, Public Library, and City Surveyor, among others were housed here from 1888 until 1928; a courtroom and several private offices were also located here. On January 10, 1928 an auction of the furnishings and other items inside the structure was conducted on the front steps before the building was torn down later that same year. A new, larger City Hall had been built (in 1927) to replace this one.
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Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
L.A.-Buildings-City Hall-1888 Building; A-011-904 4x5; A-002-005 4x5 (Additional print)
Old City Hall (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles City Hall (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Public buildings--California--Los Angeles
City halls--California--Los Angeles
Lost architecture--California--Los Angeles
Broadway (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)

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