200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9001234.053402 -118.243803
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Civic Center / Little Tokyo, Central LA
Seen in countless movies and TV shows, it's an instantly recognizable icon. – The Background
A team of architects designed the space in a neo-Romanesque style and made it one of the first structures in Southern California to use a terra-cotta façade. Completed in 1927, City Hall dominated the early-L.A. skyline. Although it lost the title of "city's tallest" in 1957, this uniquely pointy building remains the most distinct.
"Dragnet" reruns on Nick at Nite--anyone who's seen the show will recognize the building from the opening monologue ("My name's Friday..."). Try to resist the urge to "nab a crook" when you're there.
If you want a picture, you've got a tough skyline to work with. Consider the view from the front lawns, which also affords a shady spot to take it all in.
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