Burbank City Hall
An icon of the Late Moderne style, Burbank City Hall epitomizes the best of civic architecture in terms of aesthetics as well as function and remains a point of pride for the City of Burbank.
Upon its completion in 1943, Burbank City Hall became the municipal heart of the city in more ways than one: as its National Register nomination states, "It was possible to simultaneously respond to a fire, book and incarcerate a criminal, treat a broken bone, fix a faulty carburetor, conduct a marriage or a trial, as well as carry on the normal administrative business of the City, all under one roof."
It was designed by architects William Allen and George Lutzi, who created a WPA Moderne-style, reinforced concrete building epitomizing the best of civic architecture in terms of aesthetics as well as function. City Hall's main entry is dominated by a four-story central tower with an inset decorative concrete grille and a stern granite eagle guarding the flagpole above.
The tower is flanked by identical, symmetrical two-story wings, each of which is connected perpendicularly to a one-story wing, creating a central courtyard area with an ornate concrete fountain (its black and turquoise tile was added in 1980). City Hall's exterior decorations include bas-reliefs depicting the accomplishments of humanity, while
its interior lobby boasts nineteen kinds of marble, bronze railings, Lucite glass ornaments, and a compass rose design honoring the aerospace industry.
The building has become an icon of the WPA Moderne style, and justifiably continues to be a point of pride for the City of Burbank.