Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Los Angeles City Hall Reviews
The iconic symbol of Los Angeles Oct 21, 2010
New York may have the Empire State Building. Paris may have the Eiffel Tower. But L.A. has its City Hall.
Completed in 1928, City Hall was the tallest building in downtown Los Angeles for 36 years. (Owing to strict earthquake building codes.) At 32 floors and 454 feet (138 m) it may seem modest by modern skyscraper standards. But, more than any other single building, it is the symbol of Los Angeles. (You've seen it in numerous films and TV shows on the badges of Los Angeles police officers.)
City Hall was designed in an interesting fusion of Art Deco and Classical styles. The design of the top floors is said to be based on the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus.
Visitors to L.A. do not often realize that there is a public observation deck on the 27th floor. It is not promoted the way observation decks and towers in many cities are. And it's free. But it is only open during weekday business hours. Check in at the main entrance desk. You'll have a panoramic view of downtown Los Angeles and its buildings and you can see the vast high-density, but low-rise, city surrounding it. On a clear day, you can see the mountains, too!
Free tours of City Hall are also offered. Call ahead for information on times.
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