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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