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STYLISH BURBANK CITY HALL RECOGNIZED.

Byline: Lee Condon Daily News Staff Writer

Burbank officials placed a plaque in front of City Hall on Tuesday to commemorate the National Register of Historic Places' acceptance of the building as an example of moderne architecture.

After City Hall passed the 50-year mark in 1993, members of the city's Heritage Commission figured the structure was a sure bet to make it onto the register.

Built during World War II, the structure is more ornate that most of the city halls in the small- to medium-size municipalities in the county, replete with murals, sculptures, marble floors and an art deco staircase.

``Anyone walking into City Hall would recognize that it's something unique,'' said Councilman Ted McConkey. ``It's special because of the period in which it was built, because of the way it's been maintained and because of all the murals at City Hall. We get an inordinate number of requests to use City Hall from film companies.''

City Hall becomes the second building in Burbank to be listed on the register. The first was Burbank's main post office just blocks away from City Hall on Olive Street.

Burbank City Hall, designed by architects William Allen and W. George Lutzi, was completed in 1943, according to a building history compiled when the city celebrated the building's 50th birthday in 1993.

Construction was started in 1941 by the Works Project Administration of Southern California, but was completed by the city of Burbank after the WPA was terminated. The project cost $409,000.

``This building has always been the center of the community,'' said Theodore X. Garcia, who was the chairman of the Heritage Commission when the panel initially filed for recognition.

``I thought it was a sure thing,'' Garcia said. ``It's a high profile building and it meets the criteria.''

One of the most distinctive features of the building is its 77-foot tower, which serves as the main lobby. The lobby interior features more than 20 types of marble, which can be found in the city seal on the floor, the trim, walls and in the treads and risers of a the grand stairway.
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