Academy Studying Condition of Planned Museum's Exterior

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"If you're a natural history museum, you have a definite kind of educational mandate. If you're a museum about entertainment, that border is a little more slippery," says Jan-Christopher Horak, who runs UCLA's Film & Television Archive. "Obviously people come to have a good time, but you want to teach them something."


As the development of the new Academy Museum moves forward, a preservation team is currently examining the building's facade.

As the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences develops plans for its new Academy Museum at the May Company building, a preservation team is currently studying the condition of the building’s facade.

Street-level scaffolding has been erected around the building at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue as a public safety measure while a team of experts examine the building’s black granite, Texas shell limestone cladding and gold mosaic tile, according to museum spokesperson Morgan Kroll.

No actual construction work will take place on the facade until the city of Los Angeles approves plans for the museum, which is scheduled to open in 2017.

Plans for the new museum call for the repair and restoration of the original facade of the building, which was designated a city of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1992.

The facade itself is an example of the Streamline Moderne style of architecture that emerged during the 1930s and emphasized aerodynamic elegance, curving forms, long horizontal lines, and the simplifying of art deco ornamentation.