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Southwestern College Mayan Modern Gymnasium

Southwestern College intends to demolish, instead of adaptively reuse, its distinctive Mayan Modern style gymnasium to construct a new math and science building. This plan ignores the 1966 gym's historic and architectural significance, as well as its potential for new uses. Architect George Foster, whose firm Kistner, Curtis and Foster designed the college's original campus in 1961, created this Mayan-influenced Modernist building in homage to California's pre-European history. Foster is recognized for developing the Mayan Modern style, which in San Diego can be traced to the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition in Balboa Park. He served as the campus architect until 1973. Southwestern College should be celebrating the legacy and design contributions of George Foster by adapting this unique Mayan Modern style gymnasium for new use.

Photos by Sandé Lollis


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