A new vision of Garfield High’s old auditorium now taking shape

Garfield High main building and auditorium rendering.

Interior of the new auditorium

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.


  1. That is Beautiful

  2. Is there any wonder why the district has budget problems?

  3. I will miss the old auditoruim. I graduated in, w61 I hope all the students that attend Garfueld enjoy the new auditorium.

  4. Lucille A. Rangel

    I’m an alumni of Garfield High School! The Class of 1973. And very Proud of it! What happened to the Auditorium and affecting the Main Building was such a Tragedy! I had always liked the Auditorium the way it looked because it had this old and classic look to it. But, on the other hand, it was in need of quite a bit of work! I’ll miss that old Auditorium! But, time for the new one. I saw the pictures of the new one and I must say, “Impressive!” A Bulldog all the way!

  5. i am so happy that Garfield will be having a face left we need it, and also can’t wait to see the school when the new football field, cafe, baseball field, band room etc is completed! a whole new school !! GO BULLDOGS…

  6. Im going to be so proud to graduate in such a beautiful building !
    Class of ’14

  7. Dr Hector Flores Jr. PhD

    I’m a garfield grad class’70
    I will miss the original architecture of the school
    However, I m looking forward to seeing the new look
    Now let’s work on our sports complex’s, they need a major overhaul!
    Go Bulldogs

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