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The Los Angeles Mayoral portrait gallery prepares for Villaraigosa

LA Mayor Portrait

Dept. of Cultural Affairs

Portrait of former LA Mayor Sam Yorty, the first Mayor from the San Fernando Valley. He served from 1961-1973.

LA Mayor Portrait

Dept. of Cultural Affairs

Mayor Benjamin D. Wilson. Mount Wilson bears his name. He served from 1851-1852.

LA Mayor Portrait

Dept. of Cultural Affairs

Los Angeles Mayor Frederick T. Woodman was the mayor of LA during WWI and the signing of the Armistice. He served from 1916-1919.

LA Mayor Portrait

Dept. of Cultural Affairs

Los Angeles Mayor William H. Workman initiated the paving of Main, Spring, and Hill streets. He served from 1886–1888.

LA Mayor Portrait

Dept. of Cultural Affairs

Los Angeles Mayor James R. Toberman helped the city turn on electric lights on New Years Eve, 1882. He served from 1872-1874 and 1878-1882.


Twenty six stories up in City Hall, you’ll find the mayors of Los Angeles. Not a surprise to find mayors in City Hall, but you’ll find not one of them, but almost all of them -- more than 150 years of Hizzoners, all painted in oils and hanging in the mayors’ portrait gallery.

Soon, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s portrait will join the rest – minus three mayors whose faces no one evidently bothered to record. 

Patt Morrison visits City Hall to find out how the paintings came to be here and why.


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