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Sabato Rodia's Towers in WattsArt, Migrations, Development$
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Luisa Del Giudice

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823257966

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823257966.001.0001

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Fifty Years of Guardianship

Fifty Years of Guardianship

The Committee for Simon Rodia’s Towers in Watts (CSRTW)

(p.225) Fifty Years of Guardianship
Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts

Jeanne S. Morgan

Fordham University Press

This chapter focuses on the activities of the guardianship group known as the Committee for Simon Rodia's Towers in Watts (CSRTW). The group was founded in 1958 by William Cartwright and Nicholas King who had purchased the abandoned Watts Towers site. The CSRTW is committed to contesting, when necessary, city or state treatment of the Towers. Topics discussed include the creation of the first Watts Towers Arts Center in 1961 aimed at creating community goodwill and awareness of the Towers; the CSRTW's demise in 1985 and renewal in 2000; the preservation and maintenance of the Towers; the proposed establishment of an Advisory Conservation Committee composed of museum professionals; and the CSRTW's accomplishments.

Keywords:   Watts Towers, Committee for Simon Rodia's Towers in Watts, CSRTW, Advisory Conservation Committee, Watts Towers Arts Center

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