(Kid)space preserved

By Andre Coleman 05/18/2006

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The Los Angeles Conservancy has awarded the Kidspace Children’s Museum a preservation award celebrating its popular Fannie E. Morrison Horticultural Center.

Before Kidspace took over the 68-year-old property’s buildings had remained empty and unused for years.

The property served as a gathering point for gifts shipped from Pasadena sister city Ludwigshafen, Germany, after World War II. It was also used for flower shows in the 1950s.

“This set of historic buildings was vacant and threatened with demolition for years, and it could easily have been lost forever if not for the vision of Kidspace Children’s Museum,” said Linda Dishman, executive director of the Los Angeles Conservancy, in a recent statement.

Since 1982, the organization has given more than 150 Preservation Awards.

Other projects that received awards include the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Metro 417 and Pacific Electric Lofts, the Wallis Annenberg Building for Science Learning and Innovation, the Geffen Playhouse and the Dr. Ralph J. Bunche Peace and Heritage Center.

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