Hall of Records

Lost Jails of Downtown (Broadway On My Mind #17)

Hall of Records

Venice, California 90291, United States

Created By: Los Angeles Visionaries Association


The Hall of Records, 1911, Hundson & Munsell.

On September 10, 1910, there was an attempt to blow up the half-finished structure; it was being constructed with iron from the non-union Llewellyn Iron Works. Maple, Conners & Bender, linked to International Brotherhood of Blacksmiths 282, we indicted but ultimately released for lack of evidence. Twenty days after the attempt at the Hall of Records, a successful Labor bombing was carried out at the nearby LA Times, costing 21 lives. That Christmas, the Llewellyn Iron Works lost much of its factory in another Labor bombing.

After the Alexander/Neutra Hall of Records opened in 1960, this building was used for various county offices, including much of the Health Department. It is demolished in the summer of 1973 to make way, in part, for the Criminal Courts building; ultimately, it is seen as an embarrassing relic.

The architectural firm of Hudson & Munsell (Frank Dale Hudson and William A.O. Munsell) designed many important Los Angeles icons, including the Prarie-style Wm Mead Estate, the Spanish Baroque Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, the Vienna Secessionist LA County Hospital (now the Coroner's Office).

This point of interest is part of the tour: Lost Jails of Downtown (Broadway On My Mind #17)


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