Department of Water and Power

111 N. Hope Street
Department of Water and Power Building

DWP is the largest municipally-owned utility in the United States. Designed by A. C. Martin in 1964, the glass and steel building is a stack of horizontal levels. The surrounding moat serves as a heat sink for the building's air conditioning system. An inscription on a glazed ceramic wall reads, "May those who live in our naturally arid land be thankful for the vision and good works of the pioneer leaders of Los Angeles, and may all in their time ever provide for its citizens water and power for life and energy."

PHOTO: G. DeVerteuil