SCUP Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions, Renovation or Adaptive Reuse
Riverside Community College District
Photos by Cristian Costea
“ . . . rediscovery of the exterior and making the building an asset to the community . . . ”
The Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties project began with the renovation and adaptive reuse of a historic bank building. This outstanding piece of Spanish Baroque architecture had remained hidden behind a modern steel and brick curtain wall for decades, and was only fully rediscovered during restoration. The Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties facility restores a piece of community history while supporting learning at all levels. The center opened June 27, 2012, the 100th birthday of Mine Okubo, the artist and noted alumnus that bequeathed both her artwork and archives to the college.