AKA: Los Angeles County, Courthouse Administration Building and Mall, Los Angeles, CA; Mosk, Stanley, Courthouse, Los Angeles, CA
Structure Type: built works - public buildings - courthouses
Designers: Austin, Field, and Fry, Architects (firm); Martin, A.C. and Associates, Architects (firm); Stanton and Stockwell, Architects (firm); Williams, Paul R. and Associates (firm); Wilson and Associates (firm); William Allen (architect); John Corneley Wilson Austin (architect); Albert Carey Martin Jr. (architect); Jesse Earl Stanton (architect); William Francis Stockwell (architect); Paul Revere Williams (architect); Adrian Jennings Wilson (architect)
Dates: constructed 1956-1958
An association of four significant Los Angeles firms--Austin, Field, and Fry, Paul R. Williams, Stanton and Stockwell, and Wilson and Associates--pooled their talent to design this courthouse. Architect Paul R. Williams (1894-1980) had a close professional relationship with John C.W. Austin (1870-1963), having worked for him as both a Designer and Chief Draftsman between 1921 and 1924. The location of the courthouse had been set aside in the 1947 Civic Center Master Plan; construction on this badly-needed facility began in 1956 and was finished two years later, with an official dedication on Halloween, 10/31/1958. This building was the first dedicated space built for the Los Angeles Superior Court since the previous 1891 courthouse, a structure that had suffered serious damage in 1933's Long Beach Earthquake. Court officials renamed the building in 2002 for Stanley Mosk (1912-2001,) who had served as CA's Attorney General (1959–1964) and its longest-tenured State Supreme Court Justice (1964-2001).
Located on a noticeable slope,the immense Mosk Courthouse covered two city blocks and was configured in an H-shaped plan, with the building's long axis (comprising the center line of the H,) pointed southeast and northwest. Portions of the H had different heights; the North Hill Street (southeast) facade rose six stories, the North Grand Avenue (northwest) side, eight. In 2014, it had two main administrative parts. According the Los Angeles Superior Court's web page: "Stanley Mosk Courthouse on Hill St. handles both Civil Unlimited and Civil Limited matters. Stanley Mosk Courthouse on Grand Ave. handles Family Law, Probate and Small Claims matters." (See "Stanley Mosk Courthouse,"
PCAD id: 10660