AKA: San Bernardino City Hall, San Bernardino, CA

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - city halls

Designers: Gruen, Victor, Associates, Architecture / Planning / Engineering (firm); Victor David Gruen (architect); Cesar Pelli (architect); Norma Merrick Sklarek (architect)

Dates: constructed 1970-1972

6 stories, total floor area: 14,729 sq. ft.

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300 North D Street
Carousel, San Bernardino, CA 92418

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300 North D Street at the west end of Third Street;


The City of San Bernardino sought to create a corporate, big-city image for its city hall in the early 1970s, and secured the services of the Los Angeles architectural firm of Victor Gruen and Associates, well-known for its shopping centers and large-scale urban planning projects. Lead designer Cesar Pelli (b. 1926 in Argentina), would produce a sophisticated design clad in a dark, curtain-wall, that contrasted notably to previous Neo-Classical or Spanish Colonial city halls built routinely in CA.

Building Notes

The City of San Bernardino stated of its own city hall: "In 1982 the American Institute of Architects celebrated the 50thAnniversary of the Historic American Buildings Survey under the sponsorship of the United States Conference of Mayors and the United States Department of the Interior. Selected were 30 of America's City Halls which presented civic architecture that revealed the changing architectural tastes and social orientations of America. San Bernardino City Hall was selected as a modern super high tech example of the 20thCentury." (See City of San Bernardino, "City Halls of San Bernardino," accessed 08/02/2016.)

PCAD id: 1150