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East LA - Garfield High Auditorium fire - rebuilding

Postby nichols » Mon Jun 04, 2007 1:50 pm

Fire Damages 82-Year-Old East L.A. High School

Story by Margaret Foster / May 30, 2007

Fire broke out in an East Los Angeles high school last week, destroying its 1925 auditorium.

No one was hurt in the May 20 fire at Garfield High, made famous by the 1988 film "Stand and Deliver."

The blaze, which the county fire department calls suspicious, gutted Garfield's ornate auditorium, destroying its roof, seats, and all but one of its eight chandeliers. It caused $30 million in damages to the structure and $10 million to the contents, according to Ed Lozano, county fire department inspector.

Insurance money will cover some of the damages, but the school may have to raise its own money, says Nadia Gonzales, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Unified School District, which owns Garfield. "As you can imagine, it's going to take a long time [to work out the details]," she says.

Yesterday the Los Angeles Unified School District announced a new partnership with a Hollywood talent agency that will generate money to repair eight school auditoriums (perhaps Garfield's). At a press conference yesterday, actor Martin Sheen, former Paramount Pictures chief Sherry Lansing, and the head of Sheen's agency, International Creative Management, said their effort will start with a $500,000 project at the city's Dorsey High School...

http://www.nationaltrust.org/magazine/a ... 053007.htm

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Postby nichols » Mon May 19, 2008 3:31 pm

LOS ANGELES TIMES

Garfield High School in East Los Angeles plans its new auditorium
Designers outline their ideas at as community meeting. The historic building was gutted in an arson fire last year.

Before it was gutted in an arson blaze almost exactly a year ago, Garfield High School's historic auditorium embodied the soul of both its students and its working-class East Los Angeles community.

It played host to school assemblies and colorful folklorico dance performances. It was a neighborhood meeting place and the spawning ground of the band Los Lobos. Math teacher Jaime Escalante, whose award-winning calculus students were portrayed in the film "Stand and Deliver," used the space as a rallying ground for political causes...

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me ... 8785.story

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Postby nichols » Mon Sep 28, 2009 2:04 pm

LOS ANGELES TIMES

Insurance dispute takes center stage in auditorium drama
Garfield High is left with a burned-out shell as L.A. Unified and insurers argue over whether the remaining walls should be demolished after 2007 arson fire.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me ... 4700.story


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