Thursday, October 9, 2014
District Attorney Jackie Lacey and county Supervisors Michael Antonovich, Don Knabe, Gloria Molina, Mark Ridley-Thomas and Zev Yaroslavsky joined Interim Sheriff John Scott to dedicate the new home of the Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office.
Built in 1925, the iconic beaux arts structure sits across the street from the criminal courthouse and on a diagonal from City Hall. The exterior granite of the 14-story building has been cleaned from gray to gleaming ivory and the marble grand lobby and multistory loggia have also been restored.
Jails cells that used to occupy the upper floors — and once housed serial killer Charles Manson — were removed in favor of offices. However, one of those jail cells, perhaps Manson’s, will be on display in a first floor visitors center.
“On January 26, 1925, the cornerstone was laid and the Hall of Justice was formally dedicated,” sheriff’s Capt. Britta Steinbrenner said. “Almost 90 years later we are back. But, this time, to celebrate the rededication of the Hall of Justice, which is a captivating building, and also to re-ignite the history the Hall of Justice holds.”
The building has a storied past. It was the site of the trial of Robert F. Kennedy’s killer, Sirhan Sirhan. It was also home to the county coroner’s office when Marilyn Monroe’s autopsy was conducted.
Closed in 1994 in the aftermath of the Northridge Earthquake, the Hall of Justice has been completely retrofit to meet seismic codes.
Move-ins are planned near the end of this year.