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Historic Benches Evoke Garvanza History

The Mayan influenced benches are being returned to Luther Burbank Middle School.

A piece of Luther Burbank Middle School's unique architectural history was recently discovered, almost completely by accident.

Several terra-cotta benches, which were used at the school when it opened in the 1920s, were found in the basement of the nearby Dr. John Lawrence Smith house at the corner of Avenue 63 and Garvanza Avenue.

According to Garvanza Improvement Association (GIA) member Tina Gulotta-Miller, the benches were discovered by preservationist Brad Chambers, who is restoring the home.

At last Wednesday's GIA meeting, community members marveled at the craftsmanship of the benches, which evoke the school's now almost entirely lost Mayan theme.

Read more about the recently discovered benches on The Eastsider LA.

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