The Glendale Historical Society strongly agrees with Police Chief Ron De Pompa that the Los Angeles County courthouse should remain at its current location on the southwest corner of Broadway and Glendale Avenue ("Design firm is chosen," July 12).
It should, in fact, remain in the very same building, enlarged and updated as necessary to meet the county's present requirements.
The existing courthouse, designed by prominent local architect Arthur Wolfe and built in 1959, is one of the most important and distinctive post-World War II buildings in downtown Glendale's civic corridor. It features the classic characteristics of modern architecture — clean lines, wide expanses of glass, a strong horizontal emphasis — as well as a unique, serpentine façade of red brick. The courthouse is eligible for listing on both the California Register of Historical Resources and the National Register of Historic Places.