Photograph of Gates Main Entrance

Gates Laboratory of Chemistry closed after the San Fernando earthquake, 1971

Gates Laboratory of Chemistry remained a hub of research and teaching until the 1971 San Fernando earthquake left it so badly damaged that all activities in the building had to be relocated.

After the earthquake, Gates was slated for demolition. Instead, the Institute elected to save the laboratory for future renovation. Its interior was gutted and the walls reinforced with structural steel and gunite. The building remained empty for nearly a decade, awaiting further repair.

Photograph of Parsons-Gates Hall of Administration

Parsons-Gates Hall of Administration, 2011