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the towers were stabilized, then the entire building was opened
up to add 25.5 million pounds of concrete and 1.8 million pounds
of steel, doubling its mass. None of these improvements is visible,
but it’s a comforting thought that Royce should be one of the safest
places on campus if there is another big shake.
is immediately visible is the way that the old surfaces have been
renovated. The exterior was scrubbed and patched. Broken sections
of terra cotta -- a baked clay that was substituted for stone --
were replaced by the firm that did the work 70 years ago, using
some of the same molds. Mural paintings in the vaults of the loggias,
showing the seals of ancient European universities and portraits
of history's great thinkers, were skillfully restored.
academic areas have been transformed by stripping out unsightly
additions, restoring the original decor, and installing new lighting.
“Over the years, people had come to use the building in private
ways,” says Phelps. "The earthquake allowed a dramatic reorganization
of space, and we’ve put the grander rooms back into public use."
Each language department formerly had its own library; these have
been consolidated in one room. A humanities reception room now opens
onto a terrace within the south loggia, looking across to Powell.
It feels as though you are stepping onto the front porch of the
Royce was planned, the first provost of UCLA intended the auditorium
to serve as a gathering place in which students would provide their
own music and entertainment. He approved of boxing matches as a
healthy form of competition, but frowned on public concerts. As
a result, there are few lobby spaces to accommodate the crowds that
now attend arts events. These few have been enhanced, and new doors
link the west lobby to the Ahmanson terrace.