Thursday, May 6, 2010

George Washington Middle School

1450 Cedar Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90813

The George Washington Middle School in Long Beach was another building designed by architect John Comeley Wilson Austin. The buildings are a combination of Art-Deco and Moderne styles. It combines low relief artwork with vertical streamline details. The low relief sculpture can be seen around some the entrances at the front of the school. In the main lobby there are well preserved Philippine mahogany walls, and beautiful brass railings. The ceiling tiles are carved with alternating floral designs from a material called Kanec.

Although this school was not built as a PWA project but the PWA did work on this school to refurbish it after the 1933 earthquake. There is not much information on exactly what was done to the building after the earthquake affected it.

1 comment:

  1. This was George Washington Junior High School in the mid-1960s when I was a student there. I attended 1964-1966. The pictures bring back such memories!