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Address: 111 North Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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H20 History!

Sure, you can go pay your water bill here, but if your a tourist, why stop at such an industrial service building? If your a tourist with a love for history, then there are few... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 March 2016
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Alhambra, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

The LADWP John Ferraro Building is an iconic and historic building in the civic center of downtown Los Angeles. Of interest is that it was designed by the firm of Albert C. Martin, whose office is also responsible for classic architectural designs in civic buildings throughout Southern California, in particular, the Los Angeles County Music Center, located directly across from... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

Sure, you can go pay your water bill here, but if your a tourist, why stop at such an industrial service building? If your a tourist with a love for history, then there are few reasons you shouldn't. The exterior upon close inspection is surrounded by water and fountains that light up at night! And the interior reveals the neat... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2015

Being an Angeleno I look at the DWP (Dept. of Water & Power) building as just another downtown structure, albeit one with a dated modernistic facade. It just kinda stands alone near the Freeways and near to Our Lady. We do like seeing the flat reflecting pools out front. Interior tours are not available, to my knowledge. Not worth a... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015

My longtime friend worked here for many years and I took my wife to see it. I didn't know it was iconic? I don't think it should be. Perhaps it was nice many years ago but not sure why this place is even listed. Don't bother to go out of your way as there is nothing much to see here.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2014 via mobile

When this very attractive mid-century modern building was built, when lit up at night it was like a beacon to the future, and its black-bottomed pools a symbol of plenty. Not any more.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2014 via mobile

Unique building with some historical artifacts inside from the larger water and power construction projects in Los Angeles.

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Alameda, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2013

Drove a friend to an eye surgery appointment nearby and was hoping to charge up before the long drive back up north. All the area garages required a small fortune (up to $4 per 10 minutes) to park and not all offered electric vehicle charging. I drove around and around until I finally found this place. Very nice and helpful... More 

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