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SCI-Arc Finds New Home in Old L.A. Rail Freight Depot

The Southern California Institute of Architecture, one of the top-rated schools in the country for design, bought itself a home in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday. SCI-Arc, as it is known, paid $23.1 million for a highly unorthodox school building.

SCI-Arc bought a century-old rail freight depot that is a quarter of a mile long and about 37 feet wide. The school has been a tenant in the building for 10 years, having failed in an earlier attempt to buy the property.

The missed opportunity was emblematic of the old SCI-Arc, school officials say, as a place where being ahead of the curve on architecture was prized but the more mundane business of running an institution was not.

"We used to be considered one step ahead of the IRS, one step ahead of creditors," Director Eric Owen Moss quipped.
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