A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on October 10, 2009 for the first of three school buildings in the new project being built on the former site of the famous Ambassador Hotel in the central Wilshire District. This magnificent campus has been designed by Gonzalez Goodale Architects of Pasadena. There were over one thousand people attending this event, and representatives included members of the Robert F. Kennedy family, as well as the Mayor’s office, the City Council and the Los Angeles Unified School District at this dedication ceremony.
The day before, the doors were opened to about 800 K-5 students, and just viewing the campus and buildings was awesome! Eventually, when the middle and high school buildings are completed in 2010, it will serve more than 4,000 students in the surrounding nine-block radius who were formerly bussed to distant schools. Whenever possible, the architects incorporated areas of the famous hotel in their new design.
The Coconut Grove nightclub will become a 574-seat auditorium and lecture hall, and the Embassy Ballroom (the site of Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 assassination) will become a 12,706 square foot library and will also have a collection of Kennedy memorabilia.
All in all, this was an impressive event and program followed by a luncheon for attendees. When completed, the city of Los Angeles will have acquired a wonderful addition to our city that will be used and enjoyed by generations to come. Congratulations to all the dedicated individuals who worked so hard to see this dream become a reality!