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LA County Hospital HABS photography by Stephen Schafer.

Perfect light... here's a Los Angeles HABS project just transmitted to the Historic American Buildings Survey for the Library of Congress this week. HABS-CA-2952-B.

HABS-CA-2952-B-2 a vertical view of the front facade of the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner Coroner Building

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner Building is part of the LAC+USC Medical Center campus in Lincoln Heights. This spectacular building was the original LA County hospital – built in 1878 – it later became affiliated with the University of Southern California School of Medicine in 1885.

HABS-CA-2952-B-1 a horizontal view of the front facade of the 1878 Los Angeles County Hospital building

In 1878 the Los Angeles Hospital had 100 beds and 6 staff members, the main hospital administration building at 1104 North Mission Rd. is now used by the County Medical Examiner-Coroner. I was working on a documentation of the LAC+USC Women's and Children's Hospital next door when I saw the light on this building from the middle floor of the adjacent parking garage, I just couldn't resist.


Stephen Schafer, Photographer
Ventura, California


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