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Producer Buys Venice Post Office, SCI-Arc Gets a Gehry Prize

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VENICE: Matrix, etc. producer Joel Silver has made his purchase of the historic Venice post office official with a press release today: "The Windward Circle facility, built in 1939 as part of the Federal Works Progress Administration, will serve as the new home of Silver Pictures once significant restoration and renovation work have been completed" (the company is moving from Burbank). Silver, who has restored a couple of Frank Lloyd Wright properties, say he's committed to restoring the post office and its Edward Biberman mural, "Story of Venice." Work is set to be finished in 2014. [Curbed Inbox]

ARTS DISTRICT: SCI-Arc kiddos, get ready to scrap for the Gehry Prize--the school announced today that trustee and biggest starchitect in the world Frank Gehry has endowed the prize (at $100,000) to be awarded to the best thesis projects every year. The first one will be given out next week at the 2012 graduation ceremony. [Curbed Inbox]

SCI-Arc

960 East Third St., Los Angeles, California 90013