ICME: totally sweet mid-century architecture in Norwalk

P1010215A couple of weekends ago, a friend and I got slightly lost on a morning breakfast adventure, and, as luck would have it, wound up over by Cerritos College in Norwalk, where they’ve got some of the neatest mid-century architecture that you ever did see.  It was cloudy that day, so, sadly, my pictures don’t really show how amazingly turquoise and awesome the place was.  I’ve scoured the interwebs for any info on which architectural genius was responsible for this glorious gymnasium, but no luck, so if anyone knows anything, comment below!

6 Replies to “ICME: totally sweet mid-century architecture in Norwalk”

  1. I was a student there in 2000, there used to be some even more awesome buildings but a lot of it was remodeled in 2003. My favorite was this octagon shaped building facing pioneer blvd.

  2. If you’re ever in the Pomona area, cruise east from Holt Blvd/ Gary to the East area of Ontario and you will be amazed at all the mid-century buildings still around.

  3. I have a question (and, this is not your fault, but): why is Cerritos College in Norwalk? Instead of … oh, I don’t know … Cerritos?

  4. Kistner, Wright and Wright were the architects. They did a lot of schools and some of their renderings are for sale on eBay right now… Very cool stuff. The City Hall in Norwalk is this great pod inside a glass box. Check it out.

  5. A friend of mine whose dad is a local history buff had an answer for me regarding your question, Ericsito – Cerritos College is named for its proximity to the former site of Rancho Los Cerritos. Wikipedia says that the college actually inspired the city of Cerritos to take the name Cerritos – don’t know how accurate that info is, though.

    Thanks for the tip about Kistner, Wright, and Wright, AskChris! I just googled them and the Norwalk City Hall looks AMAZING!

  6. Actually, I think the western part of the campus is in Cerritos. I know west and south of the campus is definitely Cerritos. KNow nothing about the architect or anything for that building, though.

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