The Master’s College Plant Operations Department plans on demolishing and replacing the shattered garage next to King Hall that was smashed by a 200 year-old oak tree during a large storm that also caused a blackout across the campus on Dec. 12,
The stonework garage had already been weakened by earthquakes and tremors in preceding years and, according to TMC Plant Operations Director Ralph Barosh, the crew had already pulled some stone out of the building just prior to the tree caving in on the roof.
The garage was originally constructed in 1926 out of river rock collected from a nearby stream and it was not built with any reinforcement for the masonry.
“It was starting to come apart, so we were already making a plan to take down the stone but then the tree basically did it for us,” Barosh said.
The garage was used as a general storage shed and housed much of ASB’s equipment for school events such as dodgeballs and decorations. Now they lie outside under temporary canopies.
The supporting ridge beam and a third of the roof rafters were split underneath the oak tree and the building is now condemned. Interior lights hang from the ceiling and rubble surrounds the exterior.
“We had the shed all clean and all set up and then the tree fell . . . and [now] it looks like The Day After Tomorrow in there,” said Dylan Grimes, Hotchkiss’s Senior Dorm Representative.
The new shed’s design will likely emulate King Hall’s exterior design in contrast with the craftsman style seen in the newer buildings on campus.
King Hall is one of the oldest buildings on campus, built originally as a ranch home in 1926. The Master’s College purchased the 27-acre property while it was still called Los Angeles Baptist College in 1961, and the current campus resides in what was originally grazing land for cattle. Barosh does not want the new shed to detract from the original style of its heritage.
“We want to try to keep [the new shed] in line with King Hall,” Barosh said. “[King Hall is] almost to the point where it can be a historical building.”
Plant Operations plans to begin tearing the building completely down next week and the new shed should take about two to three weeks to construct.
“We’re actually ready to do the work now, we’re ready to start,” Barosh said.
By Alexander Youngstrom