When the students at Thomas Starr King Middle School in Silver Lake go back to school Sept. 9, they will receive a warm welcome courtesy of their neighbors at Bestor Architecture. The firm designed a vibrant "welcome" mural at the entrance to the building.
“We wanted to do something that was bold and graphic and environmental,” says architect Barbara Bestor, who volunteered her firm's services pro bono. It all came together, she says, in a week's time: The firm designed the mural, a fine painter outlined the details -- "welcome" in 12 languages reflecting the diverse student body -- and volunteers at the annual Big Sunday community service event finished the painting. "We wanted to enliven the space and make it friendly and warm,” Bestor says.
Look for more positive changes along Fountain Avenue, as Bestor hopes to tackle the front of the school in the future. In the meantime, for a peek inside Bestor's own home, built across the street from Frank Lloyd Wright's landmark Ennis House, check out staff writer David A. Keeps' photo gallery, story and sidebar on her resources for lighting, fabrics, furniture and more.
-- Lisa Boone
Photo credit: Selena Linkous