Project DescriptionFROM THE CITY OF BEVERLY HILLS:
Dedicated in 1990, the Beverly Hills Civic Center playfully and dramatically expands on City Hall's Spanish Renaissance architecture. Curved colonnades frame the approaches to the renovated and expanded City Hall, library and police and fire departments, creating a public space that is both mysterious and welcoming.
Lush gardens of palm trees, numerous balconies and stairways create a unique sense of place. The colorful tile flourishes echo City Hall's tiled dome. A series of elliptical courtyards connect the city's buildings across Rexford Drive "like beads on a string" as the architect described it.
The $110 million renovation project began in 1982 with a contest. Six prominent architects (including Frank Gehry Disney Hall) submitted designs. The winner, chosen in a blind selection process, was Charles Willard Moore of Urban Innovations Group.