That Monument to Vast and Idle Wealth (29 images)
It's one of the silliest buildings in Los Angeles - the Beverly Hills City Hall, 1931-32, by William J. Gage and Harry G. Koerner - a baroque Spanish Renaissance tour de force. It has a history. In 1923, Beverly Hills was threatened by a proposal to annex it to the City to Los Angeles, but local residents Will Rogers and Mary Pickford mobilized local voters. They kept their little city, and Will Rogers became the honorary mayor of Beverly Hills forever. He pushed for years to have this thing...