Written, filmed and edited by Scott M B Gustafson
Completed in 1962, the Los Angeles County Hall of Records was designed by Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander. Modulart sculptural features on the facade were created by Malcolm Leland. This building houses government offices and county records. An early example of climatically tuned Modern design, the building features several types of sun shades on the north and south facades. The large aluminum vertical louvers on the south facade once moved while tracking the sun but are now fixed in a single position.
It has been said that the most sustainable building is one that already exists. The county does not seem to be taking good care of this masterpiece. I noticed missing flashings, chipped wall panels, wood veneer doors in a severe state of delamination and a general lack of care. I plan to write to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to inquire about maintenance procedures on this building. It’s too nice of a building to let fall into disrepair. This building also appears to have been an influence on the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters and the new Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters.
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