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Old State Building Finally About to Go?

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, February 16, 2007, at 12:47PM
Progress at the Old State Building? Eric Richardson [Flickr]

I feel like my photo standards have gone up since I bought my new camera, so I almost feel like I have to apologize for a picture like this one. It's a crappy angle for the shot. I was late and just snapped as I passed by.

All that said, it looks like there may finally be progress on getting rid of Downtown's ugliest building: the old State Building at 1st and Broadway. There's a construction fence up around the entire block. Eventually the site will be a new Federal courthouse, but that's been tied up over money. I just want them to tear the old monstrosity down and then worry about what comes next.

Back in April of 2005 I wrote up a history of the two old State Buildings and included quotes from an LA Times piece that called this structure "strictly functional" and "severely plain." That was the best they could say about the building when it opened in 1960.

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