Built in 1925 and dedicated to the veterans of Los Angeles County, Patriotic Hall was erected as a living monument, and to be a meeting place and resource for veterans of the Civil War, Spanish-American War, and World War I. Designed by Allied Architects Association, Patriotic Hall is an example of Italian Renaissance Revival architecture. The building is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and has been placed on the State’s Register of Historic Resources.
On November 12, 2004, the building was rededicated in honor of Bob Hope and renamed Bob Hope Patriotic Hall. Owned by the County of Los Angeles and managed by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Bob Hope Patriotic Hall was home to several veteran organizations; and housed military memorabilia, artifacts and documents from the American Revolution through the South East Asian and recent Middle East conflicts.
On September 8 2009, the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors approved a $45.3 million project to renovate the historic Bob Hope Patriotic Hall. The renovation includes replacement of the building’s mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and ventilation systems; renovation of the 10th floor gymnasium, full service kitchen, and vertical transportation systems; restoration of the 474-seat auditorium, American with Disabilities Act upgrades, and landscaping and reconfiguration of the existing surface parking lot. The building’s historic features have been restored in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards. The renovation is also anticipated to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification upon its completion, which is anticipated in the Spring of 2013.
As construction of the renovation project nears completion, the County has begun to meet with veterans service organizations that were former tenants of Bob Hope Patriotic Hall to discuss space and operational needs. The County plans to work with veterans service organizations and other entities to create a full service center that focuses solely on supporting U.S. Military Veterans and their families in their transition from military to civilian life.