Los Angeles City Hall

Los Angeles City Hall

featuring Brian Culbertson's "Forbidden Love"

In a city where skyscrapers are taken for granted, Los Angeles City Hall still manages to turn heads. This seat of L.A. city government was the city’s tallest building for forty years, as new constructions were limited by building codes and earthquake stress concerns. In 1968, City Hall finally lost its title, and is now only the 28th tallest building in Los Angeles.

Still, the dated art deco architecture of the building makes it prominent in a field of generic steel-and-glass towers. At night, the white masonry of the building makes it stand out even more against a dark sky. Also illuminated and the featured in this video is the Court of Historic American Flags, lining the sidewalk to the City Hall building.

Visitors to Los Angeles can tour the rotunda, press room, and council chamber of city hall, and take in a high view of the cityscape from the building’s little-known observation deck.

Brian Culbertson is a contemporary jazz instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer. Especially skilled as a keyboardist and trombonist, Culbertson is influenced by funk and soul music and has collaborated with some of the biggest names in jazz. Culbertson is also a frequent opening act for Barry Manilow.


Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau
City of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Times: “View from City Hall, Then and Now”
Brian Culbertson Official Site

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