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Yesterday, the the General Services Administration granted a first look at Downtown's $350-million Federal Courthouse.

The 10-story structure, located at the corner of 1st Street and Broadway, features 24 courtrooms and 32 judicial chambers.  Tenants include several Federal agencies, including the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Marshals Services, the U.S. General Services Administration, the Federal Public Defender and the U.S. Attorney Office.

Architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill designed the new courthouse to resemble a cube floating above a stone base.  Its serrated glass facade is oriented to maximize daylight harvesting and reduce glare.

The project also incorporates a number of sustainable design elements, with the goal of attaining LEED Platinum Certification.

Look below for a photo tour of the building, courtesy of Hunter Kerhart.

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Live/Work Development Underway in Frogtown

The four-story building is designed by Kevin Tsai Architecture.
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A small live/work development is making slow-but-steady progress in Frogtown.

The project, located on Eads Street between Blake Avenue and the Los Angeles River, will consist of a four-story edifice featuring eight dwelling units above a street-level coffee shop.