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Friday, October 24, 2014

L.A. Conservancy honors restored Boyle Heights landmark

The restoration of the former Boyle Hotel in Boyle Heights has won a Preservation Awards handed out by the L.A. Conservancy, the city’s largest historic preservation group.  After decades of neglect, the Victorian-era brick building  complete with a turret, arches and a domed cupola,  reopened last year as an affordable apartment complex overlooking Mariachi Plaza.  In awarding the Boyle Hotel one of seven Project Awards, the Conservancy said:

 A determined, community-based effort saved the building by transforming it into much-needed affordable housing. The building regained its original appearance, and a compatible new addition provides additional housing. This beloved icon once again inspires, educates, and actively serves the community, providing a model for affordable housing in historic structures.

The architect who oversaw the restoration, Richard Barron, is a Highland Park resident and member of the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission. The L.A. Conservancy will hand honor the Boyle Hotel project and other winners during its 32nd Annual Preservation Awards luncheon on May 16.

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  1. Sorry to be a naysayer, but in my opinion renovating this building was a huge waste of taxpayer money – beautiful as it may be.

    • Tearing historic places down to build cheap generic crap-
      THAT is a waste.

      • Do you think that brick building – reinforced or not – will withstand the next 7.1-Richter-scale earthquake better than a building constructed to current code? For the money they spent to rehab this one, I’m sure they could have come up with a design that wouldn’t look cheap or generic, and they’d still have money left over. I’m all for restoring old buildings – I’ve restored two old homes – but I used my own money, not taxpayer dollars. Have you read how much the city spent on this renovation?

        • It was a big number but it included building the big place next door, right?
          I’d look elsewhere for tax $ waste.

        • Besides -NO- they would NOT EVER have come up with a design
          worth tearing this place down for- are you kidding?
          This historic place anchors the whole neighborhood.
          BEST use of tax $.

        • the building isn’t made of brick. i witnessed the construction. Passed by it every day on my way to work. The first thing they did was earthquake proof. and take out all the old shit. and btw, it smelled like lead and shit, as in shit, those days. What i saw was that they did everything inside modern and only the outside, the bricks remained.

          So i wouldn’t want to be standing next to it during an earthquake cause those bricks would fall down. But the building would stand.

        • Regarding that 7.1 earthquake: Look at how long that building has been there. How many earthquakes do you think it’s been through? Personally, I’d rather be in that one than any of the newer apartment building littering the city.

    • As pretty as it is. As someone who lives right next to it. Where are the shops? Where are the people? as i understand it. it’s been open for months. And very few people live there. I was expecting new neighbors. Where are they?

      Great. it’s historic. Got that. Now let’s move on to the present.

      • Yeah, I’ve been wondering the same thing. It looks to be minimally occupied, no shops have moved into the retail space yet.

  2. Congratulations, Richard!!!

  3. Yes- many congratulations on a wonderful project, Richard!! It greatly adds to the community to make the historic buildings come alive in the present day- and to enlarge them by adding affordable housing is even better! Thank you for all who have added positive comments to show the value of these efforts.

  4. I am all for community redevelopement as long as it is EXACTLY THAT, for the community. This building displaced many of the people living in the neighborhood and the housing was not given to them as it had been promised, with priority. All this building has done to the community is further the gentrification of a culturally beautiful neighborhood.

    • Restoring a historical building in the neighborhood has contributed to the gentrification of the neighborhood? Could you give a specific example of how this has happened? Did an intelligencia coffee or an urban outfitters open up in this building under our noses?

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