Paul Williams building among historic preservation winners

| March 31, 2016 | 0 Comments
PROJECT TEAM for the Golden State Mutual Life Building found historic theatre seats that matched the originals on Craiglist. Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

PROJECT TEAM for the Golden State Mutual Life Building found on Craigslist historic theatre seats that matched the originals. Paul Turang Photography

The Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Building in West Adams and designed by Paul Revere Williams is among awardees at the Los Angeles Conservancy 35th annual Preservation Awards.

Awardees will be honored at a luncheon on Thurs., May 5 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

The nine award recipients recognized for outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation are listed below.

Chairman’s Award: Clifton’s Cafeteria, a beloved, forest-themed landmark downtown had been in the same family 75 years before changing hands in 2010. It was painstakingly restored over four years.

Project Awards went to: Brand Library and Art Center, Glendale. It received a renovation and seismic upgrade, revitalizing an anchor of the community.

The 1949 Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Building, the centerpiece of a nonprofit campus: the South Central Los Angeles Regional Center at S. Western Ave. and W. Adams Blvd.

Hollenbeck Terrace, Boyle Heights. A former hospital that was neglected for years has reclaimed its role as a community resource through adaptive reuse as affordable housing for seniors.

Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing, VA Campus/West Los Angeles. a successful pilot project rehabilitated a historic building as federally funded transitional housing for veterans.

Hotel Normandie, Koreatown, where a dedicated owner rebuffed lucrative redevelopment bids for this historic hotel, built in 1926 in a Renaissance Revival style.

Kronish House, Beverly Hills and Van Dekker House, Woodland Hills. Two seriously threatened Modern homes were saved from demolition by private owners.

SurveyLA LGBT Historic Context Statement, City of Los Angeles. This document is the first in the U.S. to offer a framework for evaluating historic places that contribute to the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender heritage.

City National Bank will sponsor the luncheon for the 16th consecutive year. The event at the Biltmore usually sells out well in advance.

Preservation Award recipients are selected by an independent jury of leading experts in architecture, historic preservation, and community development.


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