Hall of Justice | Los Angeles Conservancy
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Hall of Justice

The Hall of Justice reopened with a re-dedication ceremony on October 8, 2014, capping a lengthy, $234 million rehabilitation that restored the building back to County service. The venerable granite landmark, which is the oldest government building in the Los Angeles Civic Center, was shuttered and vacant for 20 years following severe damage sustained in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The newly renovated structure will house the District Attorney’s office and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, and is expected to be fully occupied and operating in early 2015.

The building’s rehabilitation included extensive cleaning of the Sierra White granite facades and the restoration of the marble-clad grand lobby and loggia. Historic staircases have been restored, and the original elevator cabs were refurbished and installed in the new elevators. While much of the historic fabric on the upper floors had been lost to alterations over the years, an intact courtroom and law library have been restored to their original condition. The jail cells, which were located on the upper floors, were removed to accommodate functioning office space. However, the cell block that once held Charles Manson was retained and relocated to the lower level.

The Hall of Justice sustained significant damaged from the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Following the earthquake, the Conservancy participated in discussions with the County and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure that important elements and features of the Hall of Justice would be retained as part of its future rehabilitation.

The building sat vacant for more than a decade before non-structural hazardous materials and debris were removed and a seismic retrofit design was completed. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted in November 2010 to rehabilitate the venerable landmark.