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GLORIA MOLINA ANNOUNCES $45 MILLION
RENOVATION TO BOB HOPE PATRIOTIC HALL
Historic Hall To Get ‘Green Design’ and Is ‘More Than Just a Building’
LOS ANGELES (September 8, 2009)—Los Angeles County Supervisor
“Commuters who drive regularly near the 10-110 Freeway Interchange surely recognize Patriotic Hall as a downtown Los Angeles landmark with its massive replica of “The Spirit of ‘76” painted on the hall’s northern side,” Molina said. “But it’s more than just a building. Patriotic Hall symbolizes
Originally designed by Allied Architects Association, Bob Hope Patriotic Hall includes a 660-seat auditorium, a library, a gymnasium, a kitchen, several banquet rooms, and various chambers containing military memorabilia. The building features a Romanesque style with fine vaulted arch construction in its lobby. Patriotic Hall is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and has been placed on the State of
Upon completion of all renovation work, Patriotic Hall will boast “Silver Certification” status as determined by the federal Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDS) program. Sustainable design features will include energy efficient light fixtures with timer controls; an energy management control system for the facility’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system; water-efficient fixtures in the restrooms; and drought-tolerant plants in exterior landscape areas.
“Though $45 million is a significant sum, it is actually $2.47 million less than our original cost projection,” Molina said. “We consider it a worthy investment and our way of saying “Thank You” to the proud veterans of
Molina also used today’s Patriotic Hall refurbishment announcement to drum up awareness about three murals by artist Helen Lundeberg that were once housed within Patriotic Hall but have gone missing for over 30 years. Titled Free Assembly, Free Ballot, and Preamble to the Constitution, the three 12’x15’ murals were commission in 1942 by the U.S. Works Progress Administration and remained on display until 1974 when they were put into storage in a building next to Patriotic Hall. That building has since been demolished—and the murals have been misplaced ever since.
“The three murals most likely were painted in oil paint onto a thin layer of fabric or canvas,” said Alice Schock, a civic arts associate with the county’s Arts Commission. “If they are still in storage at a county facility, they are probably either rolled up or folded—and they might resemble a canvas or house painters’ drop cloth. The murals are an important part of the county’s history and the nation’s, too. Free Assembly illustrated a group gathering for discussion; Free Ballot showed people lining up to vote; and Preamble to the Constitution depicted four of our Founding Fathers and the Statue of Liberty clustered around the U.S. Constitution’s Preamble. It would be wonderful to relocate these three works of art and to restore them.”
Anyone with information on the missing murals is encouraged to contact Ms. Schock by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (213) 202-5920. A black-and-white image of the mural Free Assembly is available upon request.