And at the time of a January 1949 fire. (Bunsen burner?)
Some sources have it that the fire caused the main part of the building to be reduced from four to three stories.
The original Fickett Street entrance is now hidden in the middle of campus.
At first I thought that the school's original buildings were gone (as with LAHS), but it turns out that they still stand in
the middle of newer construction. The original address was 450 S. Fickett; Fickett between 4th and 6th streets is now
closed, and the school's official address is 456 S. Mathews St. View above is from 6th Street.
Historic Map Works
An original building that is gone from campus is the one:
The LAPL's caption: "Roosevelt High School students today are furnishing this 10-room, two-story English brick house
built on the campus for educational and social purposes. All carpentry, brick and other construction work on the
house was done by boys in the various trade classes. Drapes and some other interior furnishings are the handiwork
of girl students. It is called the Edith Roosevelt house in honor of the widow of President "Teddy" Roosevelt, for
whom the school is named. Photo dated January 28, 1931."
Roosevelt High opened in 1923. Appropriately enough, it's the home of the Rough Riders--somewhere around 5,000 of
them, making it one the largest high schools in the country and neck-and-neck with Belmont in terms of the largest
in L.A. One oddity is the presence of a fountain on campus named for Nazi tool Charles Lindbergh... not sure when
it was named, but considering the heritage of Boyle Heights.... Another footnote is that a Japanese garden on
campus, demolished during WWII, has been rebuilt. Lots of history represented on this one campus.
Lagniappe: As I've said many times before... I find the east side of L.A. to have
perhaps the most interesting and certainly the most overlooked neighborhoods in the
city. In a district with a mainly bungalow-height skyline, this Victorian gem stood out:
It's at the southeast corner of Eagle and Mott, adjacent
to the school.