Structure Type: built works - public buildings - health and welfare buildings; built works - public buildings - schools - elementary schools

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: constructed 1952-1953

7600 East Graves Avenue
Garvey, Rosemead, CA 91770

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In 03/10/1933, a 6.4-magnitude temblor epicentered at Long Beach, CA, caused widespread damage throughout Southern CA; one of the buildings structurally compromised was the Sisters Orphan Home located at 917 South Boyle Avenue in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. Efforts to repair the orphanage continued until 1950, when Los Angeles County declared it unsafe for occupancy. About 180 orphans had to be relocated, and a sizable fund-raising campaign got underway to raise the required $750,000 to erect a new facility. Carrie Estelle Doheny (1875-1958), second wife of Edward L. Doheny, Sr. (1856-1935) founder of the Pan American Petroleum Company and a prominent donor to Catholic charitable causes, donated a 14-acre tract of land at Rosemead, CA, for the purpose of constructing a new campus for orphan girls. The school was completed by 1953 and comprised of 8 buildings, 3 dormitories, an administration office building, classroom and service buildings, convent and chapel. In 1956, 168 girls between the ages of 3 and 16 were placed there by social service agencies or by parents themselves. In the old Boyle Heights Sisters Orphan Home, residents went to elementary and secondary schools operated within the institution. At Maryvale, only elementary education was offered. Girls attended various Catholic schools in the vicinity after the 5th grade.

PCAD id: 19111