Beverly Hills Civic Center--page 1 (of 4)

Charles Moore (Moore Ruble Yudell and Urban Innovations Group)

Beverly Hills City Hall

William J. Gage

Charles Moore (who died in 1993) was always interested in urban architecture which enriched public life. Because of budgetary cutbacks (which eliminated the theater, art gallery, cafeteria, waterfalls and fountains, and even benches), the competition-winning design lost part of its original vision. This expansion of the old Civic Center maintained the focus on the City Hall, designed in 1932 by William J. Gage. A diagonal chain of three elliptical courtyards from the southwest to the northeast run past the older buildings.

The automobile entrance from Santa Monica Boulevard

The complex presents a formal face to this boulevard. Inside, arcades, upper and lower walkways, and the three elliptical courtyards connect the major parts of the complex.
The new buildings and courtyards are all related to the City Hall so that it is still in a central position. In addition, the height of the new buildings was limited to forty feet (aligned with the base of the tower of the City Hall)--a way of allowing the City Hall to still dominate the site.


The City Hall

William J. Gage

The elliptical courtyard in front of the City Hall, the base and stairway of the City Hall, and the top of the tower

Precast concrete walkways, colored to harmonize with the City Hall, connect the courtyards and buildings.

Lower and upper walkways

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Other works on this site by Charles Moore include: Kresge College, University of California at Santa Cruz.

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