The Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Awards distinguishes outstanding achievements in the historic preservation field and pays a yearly tribute to L.A.'s historic architecture heritage. Established in 1982, the awards recognize individuals and groups for their work in sensitive restoration, rehabilitation, adaptive reuse, advocacy, and education efforts.
The 2017 competition attracted 22 submissions and “many deserving projects”, according to the Conservancy. In the end, the expert jury chose eight winners, who will be presented with their awards during a luncheon at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel on May 3.
Scroll down for a look at the 2017 winners.
2017 Chairman's Award: SurveyLA: The largest and most comprehensive survey ever completed by an American city. This multi-year project, which documents and evaluates L.A.’s historic resources, covered 880,000 land parcels and 500 square miles.
Grand Central Air Terminal, Glendale: Designed by architect Henry L. Gogerty and completed in 1930, ”the GCAT was L.A.'s first commercial airport. The building remained untouched until 2012, when its current owner embarked on an ambitious project to transform the airport for new uses. The project team rehabilitated the entire property, including the airport concourse, runway, and taxiway.”
Cultural Landscape Report for the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, Arcadia: This document, which summarizes the history of the 127-acre site in the city of Arcadia, allows for greater understanding of how to identify and protect these resources. The report also recommends treatment methods to ensure that the gardens and its resources are well-cared for in the years to come.
CBS Columbia Square, Hollywood: Located on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood and completed in 1937, the CBS Columbia Square is a three-building complex that once housed the West Coast headquarters of television and radio giant Columbia Broadcasting System. The preservation project team rehabilitated the complex, returning it to its former glory while updating it to meet current needs.
Kinross Cornerstone, Westwood: Located at the corner of Gayley and Kinross Avenues in Westwood, Kinross Cornerstone Building is a dining and shopping center that generations of local residents and UCLA students have visited since 1930. When rehabilitation began in 2013, the project team “painstakingly removed all incompatible additions and replaced the Churrigueresque ornamentation and the mashrabiya window screens. They restored the original storefronts and the historic sign on the corner of Gayley. They also transformed the building’s stained stucco to its original smooth, white finish.”
Shotgun House, Preservation Resource Center, Santa Monica: “Over the years, many of Santa Monica’s small shotgun houses were demolished, significantly altered, or moved inland. This structure, believed to have been constructed in the late 1890s, is the only intact shotgun house remaining in the city. After being threatened with demolition and surviving three moves, this remaining shotgun house now functions as the Santa Monica Conservancy headquarters.”
View Park Historic District National Register Nomination, South Los Angeles: “The nomination is a significant grassroots effort to list one of America's most prosperous African American communities in the National Register of Historic Place. Comprising nearly 1,800 properties, View Park is one of the largest National Register historic districts in California, the largest district in the U.S. designated for its association with African American history, and home to the County’s first local landmark.”
Valley Times Photograph Collection: “Beginning in 2013, the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection Department worked to process and digitize the extensive Valley Times photo collection of over 82,000 mid-century images of the San Fernando Valley. Because many of the photos have precise publication dates, it is possible to know exactly how a building or neighborhood looked at a certain time.”
The 2017 jury featured: Debra Gerod (chair), FAIA, LEED AP Partner, Gruen Associates; Belinda Valles Faustinos, Board Member, National Park System Advisory Board; Steven Keylon, Landscape Historian; Kyle C. Normandin, Associate Principal, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.; and Lisa See, Author
All photos courtesy L.A. Conservancy 2017 Preservation Awards.
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