Monday, February 18, 2008

Restoration of L.A. County Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is one of the great old buildings of Los Angeles. Below, a couple photos I took on our last visit a little over two years ago.

The L.A. Times has published a very interesting story on the extremely complex three-year restoration of the museum. The lack of complete blueprints is only the start of the challenges faced by restorationists.

The rotunda skylight was restored by the great-grandson of the window's original designer:

Aside from the more difficult aspects of the restoration, museum staff are also making exciting discoveries, including hidden mosaics and marble walls.

(Hat tip: L.A. Observed.)


Blogger Missy said...

Beautiful rotunda skylight!


10:56 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

It's wonderful that they've decided to restore this old building. That skylight is gorgeous! We have an old theatre (playhouse) here in town that has recently been restored. It feels like taking a step back in time when you go to performances there. Love it!

6:11 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

It's beautiful, isn't it? The skylight's supposed to look lots better now -- I'd like to go back and see it. The Museum is across the street from my daughter's university, USC.

Best wishes,

11:28 PM  

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