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“Pretty Building and Friendly Enough Personnel”
Review of City Hall

City Hall
Ranked #25 of 73 things to do in Santa Monica
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed May 15, 2017

I have been in this building many times. I used to volunteer as a Commissioner for the City of Santa Monica. You can generally come here Tuesday nights to listen to a City Council Meeting or even grab a "chit" (small sheet of paper) to write your name down so you get about 1-2 minutes to address City Council about an issue. There is ample parking nearby and beautiful plants and grass in front of the building. This is also where various City of SM departments are located such as the Department of Buildings, etc.

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed March 15, 2016

Walk through City Hall. Take your time and stroll though early 20th Century Santa Monica. Check out the photos, too.

Date of experience: September 2015
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Reviewed August 24, 2015

Really pretty building designed in the art deco style. wouldnt do more than just drive by or walk by- it is a public office building really nothing to do but look at it. but nice look!

Date of experience: August 2015
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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.

Date of experience: March 2015
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.

Date of experience: February 2015
Thank Debra S
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