#TBT USC Mudd Hall

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Throwback to three weeks ago!  We just finished repairing cracks and spalls in the decorative cast stone columns and capitals at the top of the clock tower of the Mudd Hall of Philosphy, a beautiful Tuscan-style building opened in 1930, at the University of Southern California.

 

And how about that beautiful clear blue LA sky in the middle January!

#TBT USC Physical Education Building

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USC PE Building in 1939.  Photo from Los Angeles Public Library

 

The Romanesque Revival style Physical Education Building at the University of Southern California was designed by John & Donald Parkinson and completed in 1930.  The building was also recently named an LA Historic Cultural Monument (along with 12 other buildings on the USC Campus) and is USC’s oldest on campus athletic center including an indoor olympic sized pool.

KC Restoration will be starting restoration of the original steel windows (which have been suffering due to the exposure to chlorine and other pool chemicals) in the pool soon!  

 

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The pool makes a cameo in this recent ESPN College Football commercial (at the 0:16 mark).

Bonus #TBT Los Angeles Police Academy

For some reason this one didn’t post last week, so we get 2 this week!

 

 

You might recognize our newest project from the intro to the original Charlie’s Angels tv series. We started documentation of the Los Angeles Police Academy this week in anticipation of the upcoming renovation.

#TBT Grand Central Air Terminal

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Photo of a crowd gathered  as Air Marshall W.A. “Billy” Bishop speaks, 1941, from the City of Glendale

During WWII the Grand Central Air Terminal in Glendale was “camouflaged” for safety.

We’ll be starting restoration of the historic steel windows in the next couple weeks.

#TBT Wilshire Boulevard Temple under construction

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photo from the Los Angeles Public Library archives

 

K.C. Restoration is attending the LA Conservancy‘s annual award’s luncheon today, where the Wilshire Boulevard Temple is receiving the prestigious President’s Award!

 

The Temple was also featured on NPR today.

#TBT RMS Queen Mary

It took about 4 years to build the Queen Mary which sailed the North Atlantic from 1936-1967.  Its now permanently docked in Long Beach as a hotel and fantastic place to have a party.  This impressive art deco ship is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

We’ve worked at the Queen Mary off and on for several years.  This month we’ll be back and forth to venerable ship completing restoration on a couple of the murals, including the “Royal Jubilee Week” in the Observation Deck Bar as well as “Dressed Overall at the Quay” and “The Sea.”

Check back for more pictures!

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photos from http://www.ssmaritime.com/

#TBT St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral

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Have you ever been inside the St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral (LA’s largest Greek Orthodox church and LA Historic Cultural Monument #120)?  Its amazing.  Back in 2001, we documented and conserved of all twenty-one painted icons that fit into the altar screen. We also restored the painted surfaces and gilding on the altar screen, throne and pulpit.

Check out Doug Santo’s pictures of the cathedral on flickr, they’re beautiful.