L.A. Unified officials on Wednesday night provided an update and final renderings of the new auditorium and main building now under construction at Garfield High in East Los Angeles. The school’s historic auditorium was gutted in a 2007 fire that consumed its soaring, paneled ceilings, murals and chandeliers and also heavily damaged the adjacent administration building. The new buildings clearly do not attempt to recreate or reflect any of the historic character of the structures that were built in 1925. Soon after the fire, some school district officials had spoken about the possibility of recreating some of the auditorium’s classic features but apparently those plans never came to pass. The renderings above, which really don’t look that much different than earlier images, show a new three-story main building with 13 classrooms on Sixth Street and the new 1,40o-seat auditorium in the back. The new auditorium include a “black-box” theater but no chandeliers. The $50 million project, which was delayed by a dispute with the school district’s insurers, is scheduled to be completed by summer of 2013.
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