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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 mo·derne  
adj.
Striving to be modern in appearance or style but lacking taste or refinement; pretentious.



[French, modern, from Old French; see modern.]

Adj. 1.
 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 art deco (ärt dĕkō`; är dākō`, ärt) or art moderne (är môdĕrn`, ärt)  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 William Allen may refer to:
  • William (Orgain) Allen (1829-1875), Civil War-era Virginia landowner and financier
  • William Allen (biographer) (1784–1868), evangelical Congregationalist
 and W. George Lutzi, was completed in 1943, according to according to
prep.
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

3.
 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 Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, , but was completed by the city of Burbank after the WPA WPA: see Work Projects Administration.
WPA
 in full Works Progress Administration later (1939–43) Work Projects Administration

U.S. work program for the unemployed.
 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 stairway
 or staircase

Series or flight of steps that provides a means of moving from one level to another. The earliest stairways seem to have been built with walls on both sides, as in Egyptian pylons dating from the 2nd millennium BC.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Oct 23, 1996
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