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Bob Hope Patriotic Hall

Kent Twitchell
Downtown LA
Bob Hope Patriotic Hall
1816 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Military & Veterans Affairs

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Project Description

Famed Los Angeles muralist Kent Twitchell painted three monumental murals on the interior of Bob Hope Patriotic Hall, a downtown landmark that underwent a major renovation completed in 2013. The large scale murals (12 x 20 feet each), titled We the People, Out of Many, One, pay homage to the murals by Helen Lundeberg completed during the Works Progress Administration and featured at Patriotic Hall from 1942 to 1972.

The artwork has personal resonance for Twitchell, himself a Vietnam veteran. Honoring the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and service members’ commitment to preserving democracy, Twitchell used veterans, representing every U.S. tour of duty, as models for nearly all of the 36 figures in the murals.

Dedicated in 1926, the 10-story Bob Hope Patriotic Hall was built as a memorial to veterans who sacrificed their lives in the Civil War, Spanish American War and World War I. Designed by Allied Architects, a consortium of 33 Los Angeles architects, the building is a historic icon on the Los Angeles skyline, situated downtown just south of the 10 freeway. It received a Certificate of Honor from the California chapter of the American Institute of Architects and is on the State’s Register of Historical Resources.

The factsheet for this project is available for download here

About the Artist

Kent Twitchell was born in 1942 and grew up in Michigan. After serving as an Air Force illustrator in the 1960s, he moved to Los Angeles and attended East Los Angeles College. He received his B.A. from California State University, Los Angeles and later, his M.F.A. from Otis College of Art and Design. While pursuing education, Twitchell began to build his legacy as a large scale muralist painting in a photorealist style. In 1971 and 1972, he completed some of his first public murals in Los Angeles, including the “Strother Martin Monument” and the “Bride and Groom” murals. He views his artwork as monuments to American cultural heroes.