Los Angeles City Hall in Los Angeles

Photo of Los Angeles City Hall in Los Angeles, California
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Los Angeles City Hall in Los Angeles, California
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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Photo of Los Angeles City Hall in Los Angeles, California
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Los Angeles City Hall in Los Angeles, California
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation

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Film buffs will instantly recognize this building from the countless movies it's played a part in. It was blown up in &quot;War of the Worlds.&quot; It was the location of the <i>Daily Planet</i> newspaper for Superman's television run. And was where Friday kept his offices in the Dragnet series. However, this building isn't only symbolic to Tinseltown. It has meaning for every part of the Golden State. That's because the concrete for the 28-story structure was formed from sand from each of California&apos;s 58 counties and water from its 21 missions.

Los Angeles is known for its earthquakes, and the designers kept that in mind during construction. Each floor of the 454-foot building is separated by a flexible compression zone. The result not unlike the human spine in its ability to twist and shake and still return to its original form.

Quick Facts
Statistics
  • Structural steel: 8,167 tons
  • Rivets: 900,000
Timeline
  • March 4, 1926: Groundbreaking
  • June 22, 1927: The cornerstone was laid.
  • April 26, 1928: This building opened to the public.
Notes
  • When this building opened, it was illuminated with 82 floodlights -- Every light that the Metro Goldwyn Mayer movie studio had.
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  It's a beautiful architecture. It shows as always a powerful nation.

Hélios J. Rodrigues - Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 @ 8:21pm  

  It's a beautiful architecture. It shows as always a powerful nation.

Hélios J. Rodrigues - Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 @ 8:21pm  

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