There’s nothing like driving along Wilshire just as the late afternoon light hits the pyramid in a warm glow….wait! What IS that pyramid doing on Wilshire at Highland?
We had to find out. It appears to be constructed of plywood. Nice edges. Could that be a small hatch door down there near the base? Hmmm.
4950 Wilshire Bl now houses the KoJee Leaders Academy, an after-school enrichment program for K-12 students that opened in September of 2011. Housed in low-lying, interconnected 60’s era ranch buildings, the Academy has classrooms for learning, a large music room, and an open sunny courtyard in the center of the complex. Classes in math, english, music, reading and art are taught in English, and many of the primarily Korean-American students are picked up by van from nearby schools including Wilshire Park Elementary, Wilton Place Elementary, 3rd Street, and Hancock Park Elementary. The owners, husband and wife team Jung Hyun Jee and Seung H Ko are turning the place into a warm and welcoming environment.
Turns out the owners designed and built the pyramid around an old sign on the property. It will be the Academy’s new sign once it gets painted (expected next week.) So that’s the story. It is not an ancient unmarked tomb of a pharaoh suddenly unearthed on that busy corner. Nor is there a trap door to other worlds. Darn.