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A busy city hall

This is a busy place. There are many high profile cases tried. If you have time, you can easily... read more

Reviewed August 3, 2018
Samuel M
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Los Angeles
Cool building

Stumbled upon it. It's across the steer from a really cool park. The building is beautiful. We... read more

Reviewed September 8, 2017
Jennifer K
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Carmel, Indiana
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Reviewed April 22, 2015

As LA suburban public buildings go, this one is a jewel. I suspect the 1930s architect may have been strongly influenced by Emperor Ming's Palace in the old Flash Gordon movies. Or maybe he even designed the sets. Take that wonderful parti-colored front door surround, say. Or the tall inner court around an ornate floor inset with a broad, brassy rendering of the city's official Mermaid. Interesting tile work. Lots of handcrafted deco details. Worth lingering in for a long, appreciative gaze-around. Comfortable, well kept lobby rest rooms available for the relief of pedestrian shoreline tourists. Generally nice helpful people. Handsome fountain, lawn and gardens out front and you are right across from that new park. Of course it houses some fairly weird local politics, but you can't have everything.

Thank NyakaNyaka
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Reviewed April 21, 2015

If you enjoy history like I do, I highly recommend that you check out Santa Monica City Hall. The building has beautiful architectural details that are reminiscent of a bygone era. There are real wood accents and art deco details that are noteworthy for anyone that has an interest in history and buildings. So many things in Santa Monica are changing, it's definitely worth stopping by City Hall to view the beautiful lobby. It's also worth your time to spend a few minutes reflecting on the beauty of Ken Genser Square in front of the building. It's a great place for photos and to take a short break to rest your feet. This is a family friendly location with clean public restrooms.

Thank Debra S
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Reviewed March 2, 2015

We were in the park to the west of the building which is a super nice place. My daughter enjoyed the seagulls who were drinking from the fountain out front. Fun to watch them fly over the building and make a precision landing in the fountain. The building is a bit stark, but nice to see they haven't torn it down to build some elaborate glass structure.

Thank Veni-vidi-vicidotcom
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Reviewed February 3, 2015

despite its classic spanish exterior, this place is as boring as it gets. unless you're looking to grab a building permit oro have city business, there is absolutely no reason to ever enter this place.

Thank pandpCalifornia
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

A very chic 1930's structure with lovely murals in the lobby. The new Tonga Park an exceptional architectural creation is across the street. The place is high end artsy. Would one expect less from Santa Monica? No never !

Thank paul_nancy1
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