From Martin Luther King Physician Dormitory which serves the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital, the first hospital constructed to serve Watts residents in their own community, to the MLK Transit Center which was reshaped to support the needs of its neighborhood, the tour is built around pivotal projects in Watts and Compton.
In this walking tour, attendees will focus on two areas of Compton where the highlighted projects are concentrated.
Selected buildings also acknowledge the perseverance of African American Architects to overcome challenges within the profession. For instance, Harold L. Williams, FAIA, NOMA designed Compton City Hall during an era African-American architects were rarely able to obtain such commissions.
The tour will be led by AIA|LA Boardmembers Drake Dillard, AIA, NOMA, whose Charles R. Drew University of Medicine will be visited, and Jason Morris, Assoc. AIA|LA. Dillard and Morris will provide context illuminating community, design, and designer, throughout these exterior visits.
The two men will tap into information gleaned from the in-depth research which led to the AIA| AIA|LA + National Organization of Minority Architects map which documents contributions by African American designers and architects to the Los Angeles region.
AIA|LA Iconic LA: Compton Tour in an offshoot of this mapping project which earned extensive coverage in CurbedLA, KCET’s Artbound and Next City.
Typologies of work presented on the tour include: Healthcare, Transportation, Civic, and Education.
Do join us to learn more about architecture, Los Angeles, and city building.
MLK Hospital Area
- Martin Luther King Physician Dormitory, 12021 Wilmington Ave.; Charles E. Fleming, AIA & Carey K. Jenkins, FAIA, Jenkins Fleming Architects.
- King Drew Medical Magnet High School, 1601 E. 120th St.; Harold L. Williams, FAIA & Mark E. Graham, AIA (and WLC Architects)
- King/Drew Medical Center (Original Building), 12021 Wilmington Ave; Carey K. Jenkins, AIA & James E. Silcott, AIA (Jenkins/Gales & Martinez)
- Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, 1731 E. 120th St.; Drake Dillard, AIA, Kennard Design Group
Compton City Hall Area
- Douglas F. Dollarhide Community Center, 301 N. Tamirand Ave.; Michael H. Anderson, RA, BASE
- MLK Transit Center, 300 N. Willowbrook Ave.; Elliot S. Barker, RA, BASE
- Compton City Hall, 205 S. Willowbrook Ave.; Harold L. Williams, FAIA, NOMA