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Architect Submits Plan for New City Hall

June 11, 2010 |  1:57 am

June 11, 1910, City Hall

June 11, 1910: If this building looks unfamiliar it’s because it never left the drawing board. This is a proposal by Lyman Farwell for a new City Hall to be built on the Temple Block at Spring and Main streets. If you know Los Angeles history, you know that the present City Hall didn’t open until 1928, which means it took 18 more years. As long as that may seem, it’s a blaze of lightning compared to the construction of Union Station, which was proposed about 1905 and opened in 1939.  Lesson: Large civic projects take forever in Los Angeles.

Notice that the story refers to the odd shape of the Temple block and remember that Spring Street took an oblique angle at 1st that was straightened out during construction of City Hall to alleviate traffic congestion.  

On the jump, an update on the metalworkers' and brewery strikes, and the capture of an athletic burglar.

June 11, 1910, City Hall

June 11, 1910, City Hall