Hollywood's Art Center School: A Creative Oasis
Tucked away between the American Legion Building and the Best Western Motel is Hollywood’s best kept secret, a profound and relatively unknown three-acre piece of Hollywood history. Located at 2025-2027 North Highland Avenue, the Hollywood Art Center School was a hidden oasis in the middle of Hollywood that encouraged creativity and inspired artistic expression.
Founded in 1912 by influential artist, interior designer, and educator Henry Lovins, the Hollywood Art Center School was LA’s first independent art school. Originally located on the second floor of what later on became the May Company Building on Broadway, by 1914 the school moved to Hollywood where it had several different locations and became a staple of the community and film industry. In 1930, Henry Lovins and his wife, Mona Lue Lovins, expanded the school and purchased a craftsman style house from silent- film era icon and Hollywood mogul Douglas Fairbanks Sr. In 1947, the Lovins’ purchased 2025-2027 North Highland Avenue, which became the sole location of the Hollywood Art Center School from 1960 until 2000. Henry Lovins, alongside his wife, offered a unique yet disciplined curriculum greatly influenced by his teacher and longtime friend, prolific artist Robert Henri. After Henry Lovins passed away in 1960, Mona Lue Lovins continued teaching classes at the school until her death in 2000.