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October 2009

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Thursday, October 22, 2009 Imperial City

Los Angeles Times Building, 1935, Gordon Kaufmann

The Los Angeles Times Building, 1st and Spring Street, opened in 1935 the work of Gordon Kaufmann, the American architect mostly known for his work on the Hoover Dam. Newspapers are dying, and now the building just looks defensive, a mass of concrete put in place to hold back the inevitable forces of nature, kind of like that dam. But empires crumble. And the Los Angeles Times is crumbling.

The building won a gold medal at the 1937 Paris Exposition, for its Moderne architectural style, but it's more of a response to the 1910 bombing the owners of the Times hated unions, fought against them everywhere, and fought against any union trying to organized their workers. The Times' headquarters were bombed on October 1, 1910, killing twenty-one people. It was a big deal visit the monument. Two union leaders, James and Joseph McNamara, were charged, and the American Federation of Labor hired Clarence Darrow to represent them, but they eventually pleaded guilty. Darrow was later found innocent of giving a four thousand dollar bribe to a juryman. It was a mess. And the paper finally relocated to this building, and it's no wonder they hired the architect of the Hoover Dam.

In the end it didn't do any good.

Los Angeles Times Building, 1935, Gordon Kaufmann
Los Angeles Times Building, 1935, Gordon Kaufmann
Los Angeles Times Building, 1935, Gordon Kaufmann
Los Angeles Times Building, 1935, Gordon Kaufmann
Los Angeles Times Building, 1935, Gordon Kaufmann
Los Angeles Times Building, 1935, Gordon Kaufmann
Los Angeles Times Building, 1935, Gordon Kaufmann
Los Angeles Times Building, 1935, Gordon Kaufmann

A fresco on the east wall of the Los Angeles Times' parking structure Tony Sheets, 1988 but full of irony

Newsboy fresco on the east wall of the Los Angeles Times' parking structure - Tony Sheets, 1988
Los Angeles Times Building, 1935, Gordon Kaufmann

Of course the building in the background is the Los Angeles City Hall 1928, Austin, Parkinson, and Martin at 200 North Spring Street. You remember it from the old television series, Dragnet it was embossed on Joe Friday's badge, number 714, displayed under the credits each week. In the 1953 film version of War of the Worlds, the Martians blew this building to smithereens. But that was a model. It's still here and now restored to its 1928 glory.

Los Angeles City Hall - 1928, Austin, Parkinson, and Martin - 200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles City Hall - 1928, Austin, Parkinson, and Martin - 200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles City Hall - 1928, Austin, Parkinson, and Martin - 200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles City Hall - 1928, Austin, Parkinson, and Martin - 200 North Spring Street

The brand new LAPD headquarters across the street is all blue reflecting glass, and it makes City Hall look less imperious, and imperial

Los Angeles City Hall - 1928, Austin, Parkinson, and Martin - 200 North Spring Street, reflected in the galls wall of the new LAPD building

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Technical Note:

These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto.  The high-resolution photography here was modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.

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