George Washington Middle School Lobby
The lobby is finished in Philippine mahogany with two modernistic chandeliers. The ceiling is constructed in Kanec material, which is tooled in an attractive design that combines geometric and floral shapes. The Zigzag (or Stepping) Moderne influence can be seen in the teal glazed geometric tiles seen in the lobby and on the first floor water fountains. Clearly this school benefited from Austin’s prestige in the community. As the premier architect in Long Beach, no expense would be spared in the school’s décor. This lobby, encased in teal geometric tile with matching inset water fountains is striking and en pointe for the era of Art Deco. Other rooms in the school, such as the principal’s office and the library, are similarly adorned.
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