Nazarians Give $1 Million to Doheny

11/16/04
The gift will establish the Nazarian Pavilion in USC’s historic library and help fund the refurbishment of its outdoor courtyard and the construction of an adjacent indoor café serving the USC community. Completion is slated for spring.
By Susan Wampler
The sweeping interior of the courtyard awaits its new look.

Photo/John Livzey
Philanthropists Soraya and Younes Nazarian have given $1 million to establish the Nazarian Pavilion in USC’s historic Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library.

The gift, made through the family’s Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation, will help fund the renovation of the library’s outdoor courtyard and the construction of an adjacent indoor café that will serve students, faculty, staff and visitors.

The project is scheduled for completion in spring 2005.

The 2,800-square-foot courtyard will be refurbished and reconfigured with new entrances to the space. Enhancements to the courtyard will include the addition of café tables and chairs, planters, wall-sconce lighting and new signage.

The indoor café, to be located next to the courtyard, is envisioned as a welcoming teahouse and eatery with food and beverage service.

The university expects the Nazarian Pavilion, with its location in the heart of the University Park campus, to be a popular destination that attracts students from academic departments throughout USC.

The pavilion also will serve as a venue for faculty meetings and other gatherings.

“We are extremely grateful to Soraya and Younes Nazarian and the entire Nazarian family for this gift,” said Jerry D. Campbell, USC’s chief information officer and dean of the University Libraries.

“The Nazarian Pavilion is certain to take its place among USC’s most sought-after venues for receptions, readings, musical performances, symposiums and other academic and cultural events,” Campbell said. “It is an exciting addition to Doheny Library, the university’s primary research library.”

Soraya and Younes Nazarian, longtime friends of USC, said: “We are so proud of our children, David, Shula, Sharon and Sam – all whom have attended USC – and we are taking this opportunity for our family to honor the university, its students and faculty.

“We hope to provide a lovely and comfortable setting for students to enjoy themselves and to bring student life back to the heart of Doheny Library.”