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State Street Elementary School
Los Angeles, CA


Mark Rios
Frank Clementi
Jennifer Schab
Garth Ramsey
Richard Prantis
Leslie Barrett
Viltis Januta
Carter Larson


Among the first group of Escutia projects to be approved by DSA, our design for LAUSD’s State Street Elementary School in Huntington Park utilizes the District’s Primary Center “Kit of Parts” classroom module.

The design represents a combination of ideas that are a direct expression of form, function, context and budget. It is the combination and layering of these forces that led to the development of this compositional, modern scheme. The generator of the planning concept is the access and circulation through the site, which is bounded by State Street, Tweedy Boulevard and Madison Avenue. The main entrance to the school is located on the quieter Madison Avenue, which is residential in scale.
The main building, housing the administration, library, kindergarten and general classrooms, is oriented along Madison Avenue in a two-story, L-shaped configuration. The classrooms are typically double loaded with an interior corridor connecting the building from north to south for maximum efficiency, natural light, and ventilation for the classrooms at the exterior perimeter. Underground parking for 56 cars is provided in one level below the classroom building.

The architectural expression is developed from the idea of the school as a catalyst for education, encompassing images which are fun, bright, inviting, solid and expressive of the importance of the school to this community. The architecture reflects the high energy level and playfulness of children at grade school age. This bold expression is sensitive to the construction funds available in that it utilizes and is tied to the program elements to create a rich composition.