April 26, 1928
A dedication ceremony takes place at L.A.’s new City Hall. Sid Grauman (like the theater) heads the event, which includes a speech from mayor James Rolph, Jr. and a mariachi number by the costume-clad Mexican Chorus of Los Angeles. 15,000 onlookers ogle the Grecian-inspired entryway, constructed with sand from each of California’s 58 counties and water from its 21 missions.
Today, City Hall remains the tallest base-isolated structure in the world. Visitors can zip to the 27th-floor observation deck for a bird’s-eye peek at the city from one of its oldest landmarks. Don’t fret, worry warts - The building underwent a seismic retrofit in 2001.
Photograph courtesy iNeTours