United States Court House (Los Angeles)
Backstory and Context
The Court House was the third federal building to be constructed in the City of Los Angeles. The first building was constructed in 1892 and served as the post office, District Court, and other federal agencies. After growing in size, a larger building was constructed in 1910 on the corner of Main and Temple.
As the city's population grew, a larger building was needed to serve as the courts and to house federal agencies. The second federal building was destroyed in 1937 to clear the site for the existing courthouse. Gilbert Stanley Underwood was selected to design the building. He was acclaimed for his public architecture with works in national parks, over two dozen post offices, a number of federal courthouses, and the U.S. Mint in San Francisco.
Since then, there have been a number of interesting and high profile cases seen by the court, including:
- Paternity case against Clark Gable
- Paternity case against Charlie Chaplin
- Breach of contract against Warner Brothers by Bette Davis
- A federal case against Daniel Ellsberg for leaking the Pentagon Papers
Historical Decades: The Beginning. CACD. Accessed July 16, 2017. https://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/newsworthy/historical-decades.
New, state-of-the-art federal courthouse officially opens in downtown L.A.. LA Times. Accessed July 16, 2017. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-federal-courthouse-downtown-20161013-snap-story.html.