Since Halloween soon approaches (boy the time went by fast!) I thought I would share some spooky tales about some of the famous (and some may say “infamous”) buildings, in downtown L.A.
I love taking walking tours, and even though I’ve lived here my whole life, I’m constantly learning new things, about this city I call home.
This is The Hall Of Justice, it has been closed for many years, because of damage it sustained during the 1993 earthquake.There is a LOT of history in this place. It was where Charles Manson was kept during the trials, Marilyn Monroe’s body was brought here. I was told that the city is considering turning it into a museum, like Alcatraz. Fingers crossed!
This is the service elevator, that takes you to the basement walkway of the “Hall Of Records”, but if you take a certain escalator, and make a few turns, it also takes you to some of the tunnels that were used by bootleggers during the 1940’s. Also, it was where some of the prisoners were walked to go to court, to avoid any crowds or media. Some say the various tunnels are haunted. Technically, it isn’t open to the public, but if you walk around, you can find it…
Nothing haunted about this building (that I know of) just a beautiful building that is home, to the Los Angeles Times newspaper. It was open in 1935, and designed by Gordon B.Kaufmann, who also designed “Hoover Dam”, “Santa Anita Park”, among other sites. The lobby is just gorgeous! It has a giant globe, that’s 5 1/2 feet in diameter, atop a bronze pedestal. Ten feet high murals adorn the walls of the lobby, which were painted by artist Hugo Ballin. He is the same artist who painted the rotunda inside The Griffith Observatory, in Griffith Park. They also offer free tours inside the building, which you have to make a reservation for.
So that’s it, my first Halloween post of the season. Hopefully I’ll do more! Just keeping watching! Hugs!