Southwestern University, just across a side street from the old store, is expected to take over the Bullocks Wilshire building the first week in June, said school spokeswoman Leslie Steinberg. The fixtures will remain in storage during restoration and construction work that is expected to continue until the end of 1995, she said.
"We certainly don't want to put things up until we finish the work, so they are not damaged," Steinberg said. She described the fixtures and furnishings as mainly in excellent condition. The library will be open for public tours.
Caltech owns the store property and had filed a court motion in Macy's bankruptcy case, seeking the fixtures' return under terms of the ground lease. That matter was never argued in court and now apparently is moot, officials said.
Pasadena faced a similar situation in 1985 when a new owner removed about 50 original light fixtures from the Blacker House, a 1907 Craftsman masterpiece designed by local architects Charles and Henry Greene. The fixtures were not recovered, but Pasadena then passed an ordinance making it illegal to alter any Greene and Greene home without first notifying the city. Pasadena does not ban fixture removal but would delay it for negotiations.