A Second Look (30 images)
It was time to take a second look at Beverly Hills City Hall, 1931-32, by William J. Gage and Harry G. Koerner - a baroque Spanish Renaissance tour de force. Forget the history of the place. It was time to examine the detail of the place that make it seem so disturbing - the odd angles and nightmare ornamentation. In the hot California it seems ominous. As for the history, in 1923, Beverly Hills was threatened by a proposal to annex it to the City to Los Angeles, but local residents Will...