Hall rotunda with restored chandelier
Top Right: The exterior terra cotta has been repaired and cleaned
Bottom Right: The 27th floor Observation Room decorative painted ceiling
and light fixtures have been restored
association throughout the years has been fruitful and beneficial
to our clients and Levin's talents have been largely responsible for
our mutual success."
Albert C. Martin, FAIA, Principal, AC Martin Partners
Angeles City Hall
Downtown Los Angeles
City of Los Angeles
911,000 square feet
Designed in 1925 by architects John Austin, Albert C. Martin and John
Parkinson, the 27-story, 911,000 became the city's tallest building
from its completion in 1928 until the late 1960s. During the past
72 years, the tower has been damaged by regional earthquakes. Exterior
terra cotta cladding and interior unanchored masonry walls have cracked.
As historic preservation architect for the seismic rehabilitation
which was initiated in 1993, Levin & Associates, in collaboration
with Albert C. Martin Partners, Architects and Engineers, has developed
the approach, standards and alternatives which guide the seismic and
code-upgrade methodology for the building's historic areas.
The hierarchy of historic significance for each area established by
Levin has enabled the engineers to propose solutions which preserve
the most historically-significant areas. The firm articulated and
negotiated alternative code compliance strategies in coordination
with the State Office of Historic Preservation, and created architectural
plans for the areas of impact.