Monday, May 26, 2008

J is for...Jail?

About four years ago the city built a brand new facility in a new location, (you can see a photo here), but up until then this was our City Hall and Fire Station:

For those in the know, there's a great little shortcut on one side of the building, a combination of stairs going up the hillside, connecting Metropole to East Whittley.  Very convenient on busy weekends when the sidewalks are mobbed with tourists and you just want to get from point A to point B without having to dodge the hordes.

When you first head up the stairs you see this:

A boarded-up, dilapidated old building with no signage, no clear indication of what it ever was. Until you go further up the stairs and see it from the side:


Ellen Bloom said...

Excellent post! Good photos too. I always love hearing about the history of buildings in little towns surrounding L.A.
I must look for this building the next time I'm on the Island.

Sheepish Annie said...

Actually, if I'm looking at it all just right, the view from behind the bars might not be so bad...