Three Schools checking into L.A.'s Ambassador Hotel site
Pasadena-based Gonzalez Goodale Architects is designing three new schools for Los Angeles Unified School District's Central Wilshire District. The $400 million campus, located on the site of the former Ambassador Hotel, will house a K-5 elementary school, a middle school, a high school, a shared recreation facility (including soccer field, 25-meter swimming pool, two gymnasiums), and a new public park. All three schools are under construction and, when complete, will serve 4,400 students. In some instances, parts of the famous Ambassador Hotel were incorporated into the new buildings, including the Coconut Grove nightclub, which is becoming a 574-seat auditorium, and the ceiling of the Embassy Ballroom (site of Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 assassination), which is being reconstructed for the middle school's library.