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Monday, September 12, 2016


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Items From 1925 Time Capsule to Be Displayed at Bar Event


By a MetNews Staff Writer


A Los Angeles Examiner photo shows the laying of the cornerstone of the Hall of Justice on Jan. 26, 1925. The building opened the following year. It was shuttered in 1994 in light of damage from the Northridge earthquake, and reopened in 2014, after a $231-million seismic retrofit. Workers in 2014 uncovered a time capsule that was buried when the cornerstone was laid.


Contents of a 1925 time capsule—discovered by workers during restoration of the Hall of Justice—will be on display at the Sept. 21 “Nostalgia Night,” to be staged by the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Senior Lawyers Section, in conjunction with Marco Polo Night, held by the Italian American Lawyers Association (“IALA”), the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (“SCCALA”) and the Japanese American Bar Association (“JABA”).

The theme will be “Los Angeles, in the Old Days.” The event will take place at Casa Italiana, 1051 N. Broadway, just north of Chinatown, with cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., and the program at 8 p.m.

Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department historian Michael Fratantoni, who is custodian of the artifacts, will make a brief presentation.

Panelists will try to identify people and places when photos of them are flashed on a screen. The panel will include former District Attorney Steve Cooley, retired U.S. District Court Judge George P. Schiavelli (a former IALA president), Senior Lawyers Chair Nowland C. Hong (a founder and two-time president of SCCALA), and attorney L. Ernestine Fields.

Hong will tell of Chinatown, in years past.

Senior Lawyers board members Philip Bartenetti (a former IALA president) and William Tan (a former SCCALA president) will preside over a trivia quiz, with a prize to the audience member with the most correct answers.

A Jan. 297, 1925 article in the Los Angeles Times tells of the “time capsule”—though that description was not used. The article begins:

“An epochal milestone in the onward progress of Los Angeles was passed yesterday with the laying of the corner-stone for the new $16,000,000 Hall of Justice at Temple, Broadway and New High streets.”

It goes on to say:

“A copper box, containing mementoes of the occasion, was inserted in a cavity of the corner-stone at the conclusion of the ceremonies and carefully guided by the workman, the stone was let down into place. In the box were lists of the personnel of the departments which will occupy the building, the Civic Center plans, articles of incorporation and membership, rules of the Superior Court, the annual report of the county for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1924, the County Charter, the telephone directory, an American flag, copies of the Los Angeles Times and other city newspapers, and copies of the newspapers from Inglewood, Long Beach, Monrovria, Pasadena, Pomona, Santa Monica, San Pedro and Whittier.”

Online reservations are available at Those paying at the door will be charged $10 extra.

The online cost is $45 for members of the Senior Lawyers, IALA, SCCALA, and JABA, as well as retired judges; $25 for students; and $50 for others—except sitting judges, who are admitted free. Tables of eight are $360.


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