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USC University Religious Center

Completed in 1965, the University Religious Center at the University of Southern California (USC) was designed by the noted firm of Killingsworth, Brady and Associates.

The firm also designed the Watt Hall of Architecture and Fine Arts (1973) on the USC campus. Edward Killingsworth graduated from the USC School of Architecture in 1940 and went on to become one of Los Angeles' finest architects of the postwar era.

The University Religious Center is Mid-Century Modern in style, with International Style influences. The post-and-beam building is exceptionally simple in its detailing. Thin, attenuated proportions in posts and walls accentuate lightness and verticality, leading the eye upward.

The building is clad in brick and cement plaster and has fully glazed, floor-to-ceiling metal frame and glass curtain walls. The building includes office space, meeting rooms, and a freestanding worship center.

Character-defining features include asymmetrical rectangular massing, post-and-beam steel tube structure, brick and cement plaster cladding, lack of exterior ornamentation, floor-to-ceiling glazed window walls, floating stairs, and flat roof.

This excellent example of Mid-Century Modern/International Style campus architecture is an intact contributor to William Pereira’s 1960 Campus Master Plan.

The building has a high level of integrity, as well as a clear and direct association with the patterns of educational and architectural development of the University.

Midtown School
Photo courtesy Architectural Resources Group

Midtown School

Just over the southern edge of Los Feliz's historic Shakespeare Bridge is an unusual group of tent-like buildings on a small private school campus, the Midtown School.
Student Walkouts at Garfield High School. Photo by LAPL.

Garfield High School

The century-old Garfield High School played a key role in the East L.A. Chicano Student Walkouts (Blowouts) of March 1968.
Photo by Adrian Scott Fine, LA Conservancy

Kelton Apartments

Completed in 1941 and designed by Richard Neutra for his in-laws, the Kelton Apartments are an early example of the architect's break from pure International Style design.