USC Physical Education Building

Our masons are hard at work repairing a severely damaged screen wall while our abatement crew removes all the lead paint and asbestos at the pool windows at the University of Southern California’s historic Physical Education building.

#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 Huntington Mansion

We’ve worked on several projects at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens over the years, but in 2008 we completed extensive restoration work on the original mansion (now the art gallery) including window, door and architectural woodwork restoration; decorative iron work restoration; plaster, cast stone, concrete and limestone restoration, color analysis and consulting; painting of all surfaces.

 

Wilshire Boulevard Temple Tour

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Did you see our presentation at the LA Conservancy tour of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple last weekend? We mixed over 110 custom paint colors and used over 20,000 sheets of gold leaf during our restoration work!

PROJECT IN THE NEWS: Wilshire Temple receives $30 million donation

ImagePhilanthropist and member Erika Glazer just pledged $30 million over the next 15 years towards the restoration of the Wilshire Temple.

Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s congregation was the first synagogue in Los Angeles, and the current temple was built in 1929.  This Byzantine strucutre was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.  The restoration work start in October 2011 and is scheduled for completion for Rosh Hashanah services this September.

KC Restoration and Lehne & Son have been working at the Temple for years painting and maintaining the doors and windows.  Our current work during this huge restoration project includes decorative paint restoration, gilding, stenciling restoration, restoring and recreating the Zenitherm, door restoration, and window restoration (including some of the decorative leaded glass windows).

Check out this article and pictures at the LA Times, our own Amy Higgins even made it into one of the pictures.

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