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A History of Glendale City Hall

On June 3rd, 2017 the City of Glendale is set to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Glendale’s iconic City Hall in spectacular fashion. To help commemorate the occasion, the City of Glendale wants to take a moment to appreciate the building's rich history.

1906 - 1940

The City of Glendale was incorporated in 1906. Far from grand beginnings, the city's founders met in a private home, before moving to the building which housed the Glendale News. Finally, in 1912, the City of Glendale commissioned and built its first city hall located at the corner of Broadway and Howard Street. While the new building was a step up from the shared space they occupied, it did not even include heating.

But as the City grew, so too did its need for public service. In 1940, plans were drawn and a new City Hall was in the making.

1940 - 1966

Today's Glendale City Hall was designed by Alfred Hansen and built in three stages by the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) as part of a national program that produced hundreds of local landmarks nationwide, while stimulating the design and construction industries. Glendale's City Hall is a typical example of the style that evolved from the program, a hybrid of Art Deco design, overlaid with Beaux Arts regularity, symmetry and monumentality. It is a highly recognizable look, which instantly places a building in the decade prior to World War II.

Construction was finally completed in 1942, and was dedicated on June 13th while celebrating General MacArthur Day. Since that day, City Hall has served as the seat of government for the City of Glendale. The famous building also hosted visits by famous celebrities, world leaders, and government officials throughout its life.

As the City grew, the building underwent several remodels including one in 1955. Yet, while the building was updated with the times, the beautiful and historic facade remains much the same from its dedication day in 1942.

1966 - Present

The construction of the Municipal Services Building in 1966 and Parcher Plaza in 1983 led to the development of the Civic Center campus we know today. Both of these additions reflect the changes Glendale has faced over its long history - From a hidden valley away from the bustle of Los Angeles, to a newly incorporated city, and now as an expanding center for arts, technology, and leisure.

Throughout it all, the Glendale City Hall has remained a steadfast reminder of Glendale's long history and bright future.

To learn more about the festivities taking place on June 3rd, click here.

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