When Did L.A. Have a Red City Hall?

Rumor has it, bricks from the city’s former HQ have ended up all over town

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My realtor told me that the red rocks in my yard are from the old City Hall. When did L.A. have a red City Hall?

Civic business was conducted in a dark and gloomy masonry tower near 3rd and Broadway from 1889 until it was demolished 40 years later and replaced by the City Hall we all know and love. There was a big sidewalk auction featuring bricks, fixtures, and even the flagpole from the old digs. Rumor has it that there’s a brick wall in Eagle Rock (on Candace Place) made with remnants from the city’s former HQ. Same with the red Flagstaff sandstone used at Ferndell in Griffith Park.

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