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Unformatted text preview: Major Donation to Help Conserve L.A.s Watts Towers By IAN LOVETT LOS ANGELESThe Watts Towers , an aging cultural landmark in the southern part of Los Angeles that has become the subject of a major restoration effort, is receiving $500,000 from the James Irvine Foundation to help fund an evaluation of damage to the structures and small day-to-day repairs. The grant was announced this week by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which has been recruited by Los Angeles to oversee a project to renovate the towers. Built from metal, concrete and glass by Italian immigrant Simon Rodia between 1921 and 1954, the Watts Towers are an iconic South Los Angeles landmark. But a half-century of earthquakes and other weather damage has left them in need of repair. The grant from the Irvine Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to funding arts and youth programs in California, is the first private donation toward care of the towers, on top of $150,000 the city will provide. Preliminary estimates are that it would cost around $5 million to fully repair, stabilize and will provide....
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This note was uploaded on 08/29/2011 for the course BUS 101 taught by Professor Rollins during the Spring '08 term at Miami University.
- Spring '08