Glendale’s Municipal Services Building ranks in Top 10 of favorite 60’s buildings

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The city's Municipal Services Building (Alex Collins/ News Press).

In an unofficial poll of Los Angeles Conservancy members and their favorite examples of 1960s architecture, Glendale’s own Municipal Services Building at City Hall ranked in the Top 10.

Glendale came in tenth with 68 votes, while the iconic futuristic LAX theme building won in a landslide with 236 votes, according to the conservancy’s website.

Other favorites included Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s downtown building.

Known for its stilt-like, top heavy stance at that looms over the corner of Broadway and Glendale Avenue, the Municipal Services Building houses various city departments and recently went through a multi-million dollar seismic retrofit.

The seismic upgrade got an unexpected test last summer when it sailed through a magnitude 5.4 earthquake centered in Chino Hills.
In a city known for its quiet, prim suburbs, city officials said the recognition was a welcome surprise.

“A lot of people don’t realize that Glendale has a great collection of modern architecture,” said Jay Platt, the city’s historic preservation planner. “[The Municipal Services Building] is definitely one of our best and it’s great to be recognized by getting voted into the Top 10 civic buildings in the entire county. Hopefully this will encourage people to look a little deeper to discover some of our more hidden modern gems.”

The poll was a part of the Los Angeles Conservancy’s “The 60’s turn fifty” celebration, which celebrates examples of the decade’s architecture throughout the Los Angeles area.

To check out the results and see a slideshow, click here.


Written by Melanie Hicken

December 4, 2009 at 4:20 pm

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