Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration

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Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain.jpg
Former names Los Angeles County Hall of Administration
General information
Type Government offices
Location 500 W. Temple Street
Los Angeles, California
Coordinates 34°03′25″N 118°14′46″W / 34.056864°N 118.245995°W / 34.056864; -118.245995Coordinates: 34°03′25″N 118°14′46″W / 34.056864°N 118.245995°W / 34.056864; -118.245995
Construction started 1952
Completed 1960
Owner County of Los Angeles
Management County of Los Angeles
Technical details
Floor count 10
Floor area 980,000 square feet (91,000 m2)
Design and construction
Architect Paul R. Williams, Adrian Wilson, Austin, Field & Fry, Stanton & Stockwell

Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration (abbreviated HOA), formerly the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration, completed 1960, is the seat of the government of the County of Los Angeles, California, and houses the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, meeting chambers, and the offices of several County departments.[1] It is located in the Civic Center district of downtown Los Angeles, encompassing an city block bounded by Grand, Temple, Hill, and Grand Park.

On an average workday, 2,700 civil servants occupy the building.[2]

History[edit]

The Hall of Administration was originally conceived a part of the 1947 Civic Center Master Plan that ultimately transformed Bunker Hill, as the Civic Center expanded westward.[1] Los Angeles County Courthouse (Stanley Mosk Courthouse), located opposite of the Hall of Administration, was built at the same time, by the same team of architects.[1][3]

Construction for the Hall of Administration began in 1952 and was completed in 1960.[1][4] Prior to its construction, Los Angeles County Hall of Records (originally built in 1911, and rebuilt in 1961) housed the Board of Supervisors, as well as other county government entities.[1]

The complex was renamed the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration in 1992, in honor of Los Angeles County's longest serving Supervisor, Kenneth Hahn.[5][6]

Architecture[edit]

The Hall of Administration, a 10-story, 980,000 square feet (91,000 m2) complex, is built in the Late Moderne architecture style.[7] The complex was designed by architects Paul R. Williams, Adrian Wilson and the firms Austin, Field & Fry, Stanton & Stockwell.[1][8] The Hall of Administration sits atop a complex of underground pedestrian tunnels that connect it to other government buildings in Civic Center.[9]

The complex features integrated public art displays, including a pair of sculptures called "The Law Givers," by Albert Stewart, a sculptor.[10] On the second floor lobby stands a bronze bust of Abraham Lincoln, sculpted by Emil Seletz in 1958.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration / Los Angeles County Hall of Administration". Explore L.A. Los Angeles Conservancy. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Villacorte, Christina (27 May 2011). "Elevators at county administration building in disrepair". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Stanley Mosk Courthouse / Los Angeles County Courthouse". Explore L.A. Los Angeles Conservancy. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration". Glass Steel and Stone. 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Boyarsky, Bill (3 April 2013). "Edelman and Hahn: Two of a kind yet different". LA Observed. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Tobar, Hector (18 October 1992). "Downtown County Building Renamed for Kenneth Hahn". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "L.A.County Slashes Energy Costs 77% WithRetrofit Using MagneTek Electronic Ballasts". Universal Lighting Technologies. 1998. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Fischer, Greg (2012). "The Design and Influence of Paul R. Williams". Los Angeles Downtown News. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Rasmussen, Cecilia (9 March 2008). "Footpaths beneath L.A. echo history". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "KENNETH HAHN HALL OF ADMINISTRATION - THE LAW GIVERS". Civic Art. Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "KENNETH HAHN HALL OF ADMINISTRATION - LINCOLN". Civic Art. Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Retrieved 11 September 2013.