The most interesting architectural feature of the Rehoboth Public School is its modernist, art deco-style main entrance.
“Because of the salvage value, and the fact the contractor could do the work in the summer when there were few people on site, we were able to get a relatively low demolition cost, so everybody wins,” said Bassett.
Source: Facing demolition, Rehoboth Public School yielding legacy items | Cape Gazette
Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie works on the Art Wall which will be part of the inaugural exhibition “Architecture of Life” at the new Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive on Center Street in Berkeley, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. BAMPFA will be open on January 31. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) ( RAY CHAVEZ )
The new BAMPFA design incorporates parts of the old 1939 UC Berkeley printing plant, retaining much of its art déco feel and sawtooth roof line, then adding modern spaces — still with plenty of striking angles, some highlighted in chili-red or slate-gray colors, but designed with function in mind.
City officials are also pleased with the repurposing of the old factory and the reclamation of several pine trees cut from the property — used by local master woodworker Paul Discoe to build shelving and seating in the new building.
“It’s really state-of-the-art reuse, turning a really useless decrepit building into a stellar work of art itself,” said Councilman Kriss Worthington. “(BAMPFA) is going to be a vital, powerful, significant element here, and when people see what a phenomenal success this is going to be, I expect to see even more arts groups are going to be part of this synergy.”
Source: Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive finally reunited in gorgeous new digs – San Jose Mercury News
by Maureen Neeley
Last year, and then again as recently as May 1, the Long Beach Unified School Board voted unanimously to begin the death knell for our city’s amazing collection of historic school buildings, starting with the demolitions of Cecil B. DeMille School (1956 – Kenneth Wing, Architect), Newcomb School (1963 – Hugh Gibbs, Architect) and Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School (1935 – George Kahrs, Architect).
Funded by Measure K, the LBUSD is undertaking a plan to bring our schools up to today’s educational standards. On the surface, this seems like a great idea and one which we can all support. A deeper review, however, reveals that the district may be taking the easy way out. The plan for the future seems to adhere to the traditional and uninspiring scorched-earth policy of demolish and re-build versus renovate and rehabilitate.
The current (2008) Facilities Master Plan calls for the demolition or major renovation of over 30 schools. Many of these are historically and architecturally significant, considered historic resources under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
Read the entire article via Long Beach Post – OP-ED: Should We Really Be Tearing Down Our Old Schools?.