The Lives of Bricks
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We never knew that bricks from the old City Hall, built on Broadway in 1888 and demolished after the current Hall was completed in 1928, were then used to erect a building for the the Heinsbergen Decorating Company that same year. Muralist Anthony Heinsbergen had done work on the current City Hall and is said to have taken at least some of the old bricks as partial payment. Architect Claud Beelman's new-old design for Heinsbergen incorporating them still stands at 7415 Beverly Boulevard.
|The loftier portions of many masonry buildings in Los Angeles|
were removed or lowered after or in anticipation of
seismic activity; Old City Hall is seen circa
1925 with its tower trimmed.
|An auction in January 1928 divvied up the pieces|
|Demolition began later in the year, with one high bidder or barterer for the bricks|
being the builder of a new structure going up six miles to the west.
7415 Beverly Boulevard: Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #275
Illustrations: LAPL; Wikipedia