Hollywood High School: Liberal Arts Building and Library Facade – Los Angeles CA

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The Public Works Administration (PWA) funded the construction of the liberal arts building and the modernistic facade of the school library at Hollywood High School in Los Angeles, California in 1938.  The PWA aided in the reconstruction of hundreds of schools around Southern California after the devastating Long Beach earthquake of 1933.

Hollywood High School’s beautiful Streamline Moderne styling was designed by the architectural firm of Marsh, Smith and Powell in 1934-1935. The facade of the library was added to the original auditorium of 1904, which was converted to a library.

“The liberal- and household-arts building contains 14 classrooms and special rooms for art and domestic science. [The structure is] fireproof, or reinforced concrete, and designed to resist earthquake shocks… The liberal- and household-arts building was completed in March 1938 at a construction cost of $230,425.” (Short & Stanley Brown, 1939).


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Source notes

Short, C. W. and R. Stanley-Brown (1939) Public Buildings: Architecture Under the Public Works Administration, 1933 to 1939. United States Government Printing Office: Washington, DC.

Public Works Administration, "List of all Allotted Non-Federal Projects, All Programs, by State and Docket, as of May, 30, 1942,”  entry A1, no. 59, Record Group 135. Washington D.C.: Federal Works Administration, 1942. located at the National Archives II, College Park, MD.


Project originally submitted by Shaina Potts on September 19, 2022.
Additional contributions by Richard Walker.

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Location Info

1521 N. Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Coordinates: 34.0982, -118.339

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