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Old 12-14-2011, 03:32 AM
 
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There were a lot of interesting buildings in downtown L.A. that I miss, especially the old Hall of Records.
Yeah, exactly! By the way, was the old Hall of Records also a victim of an earthquake? How come that the City Hall survived?

Strange I can´t google any info about the Hall of records, I thought wikipedia knows everything...
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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One thing I hate about LA is that so many beutiful Art Deco buildings, which are a historical treasure in my opinion, have been torning down during the years. I hope that you let stay at least the wonderful Eastern building...
If you are referring to the Eastern Columbia building on Broadway it was rennovated in 2006 and converted into very high-end condos.

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It was far more common to see demolitions of landmark buildings in the 1950's, 60's, and 70's than it is today. By the late 1970's the LA Conservancy was founded and raised awareness about the city's historical buildings.
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:24 AM
 
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If you are referring to the Eastern Columbia building on Broadway it was rennovated in 2006 and converted into very high-end condos.

Los Angeles Conservancy | Tours

It was far more common to see demolitions of landmark buildings in the 1950's, 60's, and 70's than it is today. By the late 1970's the LA Conservancy was founded and raised awareness about the city's historical buildings.
Yes and thank you so much for the link
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Old 12-14-2011, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Retired in Malibu/La Quinta/Flagstaff
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The Hall of Records was demolished for a modern structure in the name of progress (!). I'm uncertain as to the amount of damage City Hall sustained in the 1971 Sylmar quake, as I was participating in the SouthEast Asian war games at the time (The U.S. were silver medalists). City Hall received moderate damage due to the 1994 Northridge quake. Have to admit that they did a great job of renovating it.
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Old 12-15-2011, 04:03 AM
 
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The Hall of Records was demolished for a modern structure in the name of progress (!). I'm uncertain as to the amount of damage City Hall sustained in the 1971 Sylmar quake, as I was participating in the SouthEast Asian war games at the time (The U.S. were silver medalists). City Hall received moderate damage due to the 1994 Northridge quake. Have to admit that they did a great job of renovating it.
Thanks for the info! That modern structure looks like the police building wher detective Colombo used to work. Maybe they filmed it there...
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Old 12-18-2011, 12:56 AM
 
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That land is under the controlled agreements among the City or Los Angeles, the County of Los Angeles, and the State of California. That is why it has sat unused for DECADES! They ALL have to be in agreement for ANYTHING to happen.

City Hall sustained such damage from Northridge that it either had to be demolished or renovated to seismic code. Yes, just like the old Junipero State Building, public employees and visiting citizens were in a structure that would NOT survive a major quake. In other words, a complete failure, yet it was open for business, but shouldn't have been. This was the case of a lot of public buildings in L.A. after Northridge, but only the buildings with the most glaring and obvious damage were immediately closed, such as the old Hall of Justice. The inside of that structure just crumbled. There was no way they could fool anybody into thinking it was remotely safe to occupy.

The City Council voted to spend much more money to renovate City Hall rather than to take the less expensive option to demolish and rebuild. I don't think they could do that today. It at least preserved City Hall, which is really a great example of architecture and a link to our past. Again, had Northridge hapened today, they most likely would have had to tear-down City Hall and rebuild. While the city paid for the retrofit, it was mostly private donations that paid for the restoration of City Hall to its original condition and configuration. Where would all that rich private money philanthropic wealth be today?
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