Let’s Visit the Observation Deck at Los Angeles City Hall


Hey what’s up guys? It’s Brian from We Like L.A. Today I’m at Grand Park. I’m about to go 27 floors up to check out the observation deck at Los Angeles City Hall. Let’s have a look. In 1925 a trio of architects was commissioned to build what would be the fourth Los Angeles City Hall building. Upon its completion in 1928 the 454-ft structure would be the tallest in Los Angeles. Because the city charter prevented construction of buildings taller than 15 stories, City Hall would retain the status of tallest in L.A. until 1964. The tower design was inspired by the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Concrete mixed to construct the tower was made using sand from each of California’s 58 counties and water from its 21 historical missions. This is, if nothing else, a monument to the mythological nature of the sunshine state. To get to the public observation deck you need to enter on the Main Street side of the building. Bring your photo ID to check in, then head up an elevator to the 22nd floor. Switch to a second elevator, then ride up to 26. From there ascend up one final flight of stairs to the Tom Bradley Room. Step outside and check out the views, which are of course stunning. There just aren’t that many places in L.A. where you can get a 360 degree view of the whole city. While you’re there be sure to head back down to see the hall of portraits depicting each of the mayors of L.A. dating back more than 150 years. And the best part? Admission is free! So all in all, this experience might only take you 30 minutes to savor the views up here. Maybe not enough to build an entire day around. But while you’re in downtown check out the Bradbury Building. Stroll over to Grand Central Market. Maybe you want to make a reservation at The Broad. Put a few things together and you’re going to have a really fun day. And all those things are free that I mentioned. They’re all within about a 15 minute walk of City Hall. So with a little bit of planning and just accounting for parking costs you’re going to be good to go. Keep in mind visiting times are Monday through Friday during regular business hours. Well thanks for watching the video. As always if you’re watching on YouTube I’m going to leave some helpful links and info in the description below so you can plan your own visit. If you want to like, comment or subscribe to the channel I heartily encourage that. Would be super helpful! And I’ll see you next time. Bye guys!

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