Sunday, February 28, 2010

Stepping it Up

You'll find these lovely stairs on the west side of South Pasadena High School. The building is so art deco chic it reminds me of an old Busby Berkeley musical. In fact, these steps really need to be the backdrop of something musical. Can't you imagine a scrappy young couple marching down arm in arm, belting a number like this? Or maybe a few friends celebrating the start of summer? Or perhaps the football team heading over to the field for practice and warming up with something inspirational?

I have high school envy. My fellow classmates never could agree on whether our cement block of a school looked more like a convalescent home or a correction facility. But South Pas High? It's too cool for school.

11 comments:

Hilda said...

Oh my, that's so lovely! I wouldn't have thought it belonged to a high school building if you didn't say so.

Judy Williams said...

Oh geez. You just ran the full gambit of every great high school aged musical song. I love the Beyonce number by the football team on Glee. HAHA

But we mustn't let any high school reference go by without a little taste of THIS

I can't imagine any architecture in Austin even resembling this. Maybe the old Austin High School, but even it didn't have these monumental concrete stairs or pillars. WOW

Mister Earl said...

Love those stairs. I guess the building they once led up to is long gone.

Don't Forget This One!

Yakpate said...

I wonder how many first kisses were shared on these stairs... how many excited feet took the steps two or three at a time, how many high-school secrets were whispered and then betrayed, how many hearts were broken or fell into swooning first love here.

If inanimate objects really do absorb the emotional energy of events, these are happy stairs!

Laurie said...

COol links! I guess I could have included this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5vh0QHUA1w

Anonymous said...

This pic is SO CLOSE to my house!

I love those stairs, too. You'll notice, however, that most of the lovely little concrete pillars are broken, now showing only the rebar underneath.

So sad. 3, 4 years ago they were replacing them when this happened (some teenagers have no respect). In the last two years, none have been replaced. I doubt they will, finances being what they are. It's heartbreaking.

barbra

Kaori said...

The stairs are lovely! Looks like a place where princess' glide down while waving! Compared to that my jr high in Japan looks like the state prison...

Petrea said...

I do see aging and cracks. But the recession won't last forever and hopefully our collective regard for lovely architecture will still be intact when it's all over. Great shot, Laurie.

altadenahiker said...

I wonder if these stairs were Myron Hunt. Reminds me of The Huntington.

Laurie said...

Thanks, gang!

I've had some computer woes in the last few days but my brilliantly geektastic computer genius husband has saved me -- and my machine -- from a meltdown. I am, however, woefully behind on email. I promise to catch up tomorrow...

Until then!

The Lone Female Cyclist and Diet said...

I like your pics of the SPHS. My daughter is graduating this year. My kids live here and I see them every day. My hood has always been Santa Monica and that's where I commute from there to here.

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