The Jane B. Eisner Middle School supports the Camino Nuevo Academy’s mission by being a “place-based”, “experimental learning” environment. Closely tied to its Byzantine-Latino neighborhood just West of Downtown Los Angeles, the school is a rehabilitation of a 1928 building originally built for the Southern California Telephone Company as a truck maintenance facility and a registered City of Los Angeles Cultural Monument. The exterior of the landmark building has been restored while the interior has been subdivided into 9 classrooms, labs, support spaces, and a multipurpose space shared with the community. The original wood and brick structure and new seismic structural elements are exposed in high, vaulted spaces. Numerous skylights fill these vaulted spaces with daylight. Exposed mechanical equipment and structure give the school a lively, robust loft-like character. The site includes a play yard, parking and an historic house, now used for art programs.
Los Angeles, California, USA; 2013; 20,760 SF; $4.3 million;