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July 15, 2014

Children’s Institute Announces Partnership With Frank Gehry To Design New Campus in Watts

For more than a century, CII has been helping children in communities across Los Angeles County heal from the trauma of family and community violence, build the confidence and skills necessary to break through the barriers of poverty, and grow up to lead healthy, productive lives.

Now, CII is proud to announce an exciting partnership with world-renowned architect Frank Gehry to design a new, state-of-the-art campus in the historic community of Watts. Once completed, the two-acre campus will enable CII to expand its comprehensive support services to more than 5,000 children and families in the Watts area.

In addition to Gehry Partners, (fer) Studio will be serving as the executive architect and the project will be managed by Square One. Mr. Gehry will be contributing his design services to CII at no cost.

CII is an incredible organization with a vitally important mission,” said Frank Gehry, whose acclaimed design firm is headquartered in Los Angeles. “I am very honored to be a part of this project, which will allow them to expand their reach to even more children and families.”

CII & Watts: The Road Ahead

The new Watts campus will be a beacon of hope in the surrounding landscape, providing a safe, welcoming community hub for children, youth and families in the area.

The facility will be located at 1522 E. 102nd Street, on the site of CII’s current interim facility, and will include rooms for individual and group counseling, indoor and outdoor spaces for afterschool activities, youth development, early childhood education and childcare, as well as expanded areas for family support services and classes. The current Watts Interim Site is now open and providing services in the community.

Building on Success: A Vision for the Future

Over the next five years, achieving CII’s strategic goals will require considerable financial growth.

CII is actively engaged in a fundraising campaign, with outstanding early results.

Major commitments include: The Colleagues, The Eisner Foundation, The L.A. Galaxy Foundation, The Harold McAlister Charitable Foundation, The Otis Booth Foundation, and Philanthropic Society of Los Angeles (PSLA).

Get an inside look at our current Watts Interim Site and follow us on the road to Success!
Take a video tour of our Otis Booth Campus to imagine the possibilities.
Download the news release on the CII/Frank Gehry partnership in Watts.

For more information on CII’s new Watts Campus or the Frank Gehry Partnership, please contact Courtney Kassel, Vice President of Communications, at 213.260.7715 or email

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