LA Sheriff sets time capsule at Hall of Justice
LOS ANGELES — Sheriff Jim McDonnell placed a time capsule at the Hall of Justice that will stay buried there until 2116.
The Hall of Justice was built in 1925. At that time, the Art Deco edifice was the largest building in Los Angeles County, standing 14 stories high and encompassing 550,000 square feet. At its dedication, a time capsule was placed in the cornerstone by then-Sheriff William Traeger. For many years the building housed the Sheriff’s Department, the District Attorney’s Offices, the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner and the public defender.
Its top floors comprised the L.A. County jail.
“When the first time capsule was laid to rest here 88 years ago, William Traeger was the Sheriff of Los Angeles County, the ‘Charleston’ dance was all the rage, World War I was less than a decade behind us, and electricity in homes was just becoming common,” McDonnell said.
“We, as a people, a community and a law enforcement agency have made great strides since 1925. It is our hope that the next generation to open the new time capsule will appreciate its contents, and recognize our accomplishments and the difference we made with our community.”
To represent the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, a duplicate Sheriff’s badge, challenge coin, written message from Sheriff McDonnell, various pictures, and blueprints of the Hall of Justice were placed into the new time capsule; and on behalf of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, a challenge coin, note from District Attorney Jackie Lacey, 2013-2014 biennial report, and an organizational chart dated February, 5, 2016, were contributed.
Other speakers included L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey.