This is Los Angeles City Hall, with its famous mausoleum-inspired ziggurat top piece. Locals will notice the absence of both the Hahn building and the GSA building in the background. That’s because I erased them. You should think of this as a noir version of City Hall, showing what it looked like back in the 30s and 40s before a bunch of other stuff got built up around it. It’s the city hall of Raymond Chandler and Billy Wilder, not of Quentin Tarantino or Joan Didion.

June 22, 2018 — Los Angeles

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