Bob Hope Patriotic Hall
The 10-story Bob Hope Patriotic Hall is an iconic part of the downtown Los Angeles skyline and serves as the home of the Los Angeles County Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, providing space for a variety of veterans services organizations and hosting events for veterans and the community.
Bob Hope Patriotic Hall Background
The County Department of Military and Veterans Affairs began as “The Department of Patriotic Hall” in 1916 by the members of the Grand Army of the Republic (civil war veteran’s organization), Spanish War Veterans, and others.
They first occupied a remodeled two story church named “Hall of Victory.” After World War I many veterans’ organizations were formed, such as: the America Legion, The Disabled American Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and others.
Mr. W. H. Daubenspeck donated the land at 1816 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015. The building was dedicated as Patriotic Hall by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 1925, and was originally built to serve veterans of Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, World War I and to support the Grand Army of the Republic.
In November, 1959, the County of Los Angeles, Board of Supervisors, changed the Department’s name from the Department of Patriotic Hall, to its current name County of Los Angeles County Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. On November 12, 2004, the building was renamed “Bob Hope Patriotic Hall” in honor of Bob Hope, an honorary veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.
In 2013, the Renovation of Bob Hope Patriotic Hall was completed to address Americans with Disability Act (ADA) compliance, and general improvements throughout the building achieving a Gold Level Leadership in Energy Design (LEED) Certification followed by a Rededication Ceremony in November 8, 2013.
The Bob Hope Patriotic Hall Interior of Bob Hope Patriotic Hall was historically refurbished according to the Secretary of the Interiors Guidelines to Historical Renovations. The purpose of the renovation was to provide A New Hope for Veterans by improving the efficiency of operations and enhancing veteran services in the County. Bob Hope Patriotic Hall was awarded the 2011 Architectural Award – Under Construction, Preservation by the Los Angeles Business Council; and the 2014 Preservation Award by the Los Angeles Conservancy.
U.S. Vets – Offers a wide range of programs designed specifically to address the unique needs of veterans including housing, counseling, legal, career development and comprehensive support.
Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation – Provides educational and charitable services for the purposes of honoring living and deceased members of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Los Angeles Bar Association – Provides pro bono legal services for veterans (tickets and warrants).
Superior Court of Los Angeles – Provides legal self-help clinics for veterans and families.
Department of Public Social Services – Offers help obtaining benefits.
Public Library – Provides veterans with a library card and library information.
Department of Human Resources – helps veterans navigate employment opportunities in the County such as Veteran Intern Program.
Department of Mental Health – Veterans and Loved Ones Recovery (VALOR) – Provides mental health intervention and prevention services to veterans and their families regardless of Veterans Administration eligibility status and military discharge.
Use of Bob Hope Patriotic Hall
The use of Bob Hope Patriotic Hall is strictly available to non-profit veteran services organizations and to County departments with the intent to honor the services of our veterans, active members of the U.S. Armed Forces, their dependents and survivors.
The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs has two divisions: “Veterans Services” which serves veterans, active members of the United States Armed Forces, their dependents and survivors; and “Bob Hope Patriotic Hall” which hosts approximately 600 veteran-related events, workshops, training, outreach efforts, housing and employment opportunities, press conferences, job fairs, and meetings on an annual basis in partnership with other County departments, government agencies and internal and external non-profit veteran services organizations.