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Tour Downtown's Huge Hall of Justice Rehab, Underway Now

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Downtown's crimefighting Hall of Justice has been out of commission since the 1994 Northridge earthquake but is now partway through a major rehab that will bring it up to modern standards while keeping some of the original 1925 charm intact (when it's done, it'll house the LA County Sheriff's Department and the District Attorney's Office). The county's in-house reporters took a tour through the construction site--workers have "essentially gutted down to the concrete-encased steel columns and beams" as you'll be able to see. They've removed most of the jail cells (a block including Charles Manson's cell will be left intact as part of a new interpretive center) but will leave the terrific ceiling and marble floor in the lobby. The granite on the outside of the building will get a good washing and there's also a huge hole dug out for a 1,000-space parking structure. Work should be finished at the end of 2014.

Hall of Justice Renovation from Los Angeles County Annual Report on Vimeo.

· Hall of Justice Ready to Get Fixed Up, Fight Crime Once Again [Curbed LA]