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Los Angeles City Hall: An American Icon
by Stephen Gee

One could not hope for a more apt book debut in Los Angeles—an exclusive soiree at the Tom Bradley Room at the top of LA City Hall (John C. Austin, Albert C. Martin, John Parkinson, 1928), including a taped message from Mayor Eric Garcetti (who penned the book’s foreword). In addition to a rare opportunity to simultaneously experience a book and its subject, the event brought together descendants of several architects and artists who created the grand edifice. The journey of their accomplishments is the story of Gee’s book, which sees City Hall’s third home as emblematic of the City’s rapid growth and worldwide importance. The book not only follows the odyssey of a building, but also the ideas embedded in it—those of civic pride and duty. These ideals inhabit the politicians and public servants, as well as the architects. Beautifully designed by Amy Inouye, the book is replete with historic photos, renderings, construction details, and plans, in addition to contemporary photography by Sandra Stojanovic. Very much like the development climate today, the height of the building was an issue taken to voters. As Martin said in a prescient moment: “If we do not build the new City Hall to 28 stories, our children will.” After the saga of it getting built (though it only took two years), Gee delves into the design, reviewing the stylistic overtones of every detail, from the Board of Public Works meeting room to brackets holding exterior illumination. A real treasure, this book belongs on the coffee table of every Angeleno, and in the suitcase back home of any visitor.

Angel City Press; 2018; 216 pages; hardcover; $45.

 

 

 

 
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