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Santa Monica in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

City Hall

 

— Santa Monica Landmark —

 
Santa Monica City Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 7, 2018
1. Santa Monica City Hall Marker
Inscription.  City Hall was built in 1938 from a plan by architects Donald B. Parkinson and J.M. Estep in the Classical/Moderne style. Commissioned under the Federal Emergency Administration of the Public Works Program, the design is exemplary of the many New Deal projects sponsored by the Federal Government in the 1930s. Parkinson and Estep also designed such quintessential Southern California buildings as the Bullock’s Wilshire Department Store. Stanton Macdonald-Wright created the lobby murals as a W.P.A. Federal Arts Project.
 
Erected 1979.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
 
Location. 34° 0.705′ N, 118° 29.5′ W. Marker is in Santa Monica, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Interstate 10, on the
Santa Monica City Hall Main Entrance image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, November 30, 2018
2. Santa Monica City Hall Main Entrance
The Landmark tablet is to the left of the doors, under the light fixture and next to the framed bulletin board. The brass tablet on the right is the builder’s plaque.
left when traveling south on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1685 Main St, Santa Monica CA 90401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. World’s First Flying Automobile (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Santa Monica Pier Carousel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Santa Monica Pier (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rapp’s Saloon (approx. 0.3 miles away); Will Rogers Highway (approx. 0.4 miles away); “The Ink Well” (approx. 0.4 miles away); John P. Jones Monument (approx. 0.7 miles away); Shotgun House (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Monica.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. — Bullock’s Wilshire.
 
Also see . . .  A Guide to Historic Santa Monica City Hall. Published by the Santa Monica Public Library, this illustrated PDF file is 12 pages long. “The murals on the north and south walls of the foyer were painted by the renowned American artist Stanton Macdonald-Wright, who spent much of his life in Santa Monica. Using a method he pioneered and called ‘Petrachrome,’ Macdonald-Wright painted
City Hall Builder’s Plaque image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, November 30, 2018
3. City Hall Builder’s Plaque
“Santa Monica City Hall, Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works project No. Calif. 1951-F. E. S. Gillette, Commissioner of Public Safety, T.D. Plumer, Commissioner of Finance, W.W. Milliken, Commissioner of Public Works. 1938. Donald B. Parkinson and J.M. Estep, Associated Architects.”
the murals with a liquid mixture of materials including crushed tile, marble and granite, then let the work dry before polishing it. This technique soon became popular with local muralists and was nationally recognized as an important contribution to the evolution of the medium.” (Submitted on March 9, 2019.) 
 
Categories. ArchitectureNotable Buildings
 
City Hall & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 7, 2018
4. City Hall & Marker
The marker is to the left of the door.
City Hall image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 7, 2018
5. City Hall
Santa Monica City Hall Lobby Murals image. Click for full size.
1939 mural by Stanton Macdonald-Wright, photograph by J.J. Prats, November 30, 2018
6. Santa Monica City Hall Lobby Murals
On the left: “Senator John P. Jones Founds Santa Monica 1875.” “City Charter Approved by State Legislature 1907.” “Commission Form of Government 1914.” “Round the World Flight of Douglas Planes 1924,” “New City Hall Completed 1939.”

On the right: “Gaspar de Portola, Junipero Sera, 1769; Mexican Territory, 1822; Xavier Alvarado, Antonia Machado, 1827; Francisco Marques, Ysidro Reyes, 1838; U.S. Territory, 1848; Col. R.S. Baker, 1872”
Santa Monica City Hall Lobby Murals image. Click for full size.
1939 mural by Stanton Macdonald-Wright, photograph by J.J. Prats, November 30, 2018
7. Santa Monica City Hall Lobby Murals
To the right of the entrance is a depiction of Gaspar de Portola and Junipero Sera setting foot on California.
Santa Monica City Hall Lobby Murals image. Click for full size.
1939 mural by Stanton Macdonald-Wright, photograph by J.J. Prats, November 30, 2018
8. Santa Monica City Hall Lobby Murals
To the left of the entrance is a depiction of modern (1930s) Santa Monica.
Santa Monica City Hall Lobby image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, November 30, 2018
9. Santa Monica City Hall Lobby
The lobby is illuminated by the setting sun streaming in through the entrance windows.
Marker on Walkway image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 7, 2018
10. Marker on Walkway
This building dedicated to Truth, Liberty, Toleration, by the Native Sons of the Golden West, 1939.
Rancho San Vicente y Santa Monica image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, November 30, 2018
11. Rancho San Vicente y Santa Monica
Plaque inside of lobby, visible in Photo 6 to the right of the entrance: “The original townsite of Santa Monica stands entirely on land which once was a part of this historic 30,000 acre rancho. In 1828 Don Francisco Sepulveda was given possession of and provisional title to this then wild-grass covered rancho during the administration of California’s governor Echeandia. In 1839 title was officially confirmed.” “Marked by Beverly Hills Parlor No. 289, Native Daughters of the Golden West. June 1970.”
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on March 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 19, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 68 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on January 19, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   2, 3. submitted on March 6, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   4, 5. submitted on January 19, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on March 6, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   10. submitted on January 19, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   11. submitted on March 6, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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