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Beverly Hills News – The Wallis to be Honored at LA Conservancy Preservation Awards

Posted: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 – 10:38 PM

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts takes its place in Los Angeles County’s architectural heritage landscape on May 7 at the L.A. Conservancy 2015 Preservation Awards.

The Conservancy has announced the winners for their 34th Annual Awards Luncheon, to be held May 7 at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The luncheon brings community leaders in business, historic preservation, city government and development together to celebrate the City’s deep historical roots.

The Wallis is being honored for the re-purposed adaptation of the Beverly Hills Post Office, now the centerpiece for a performing arts complex. The building that sustained service to the community continues its to be utilized in the public arena and to perform for the benefit of the community as a testament to creative reinvention.

Other project awards go to:

Hafley House in Long Beach and the Kun House in Hollywood-  two homes designed by distinct modernist Richard Neutra, restored and rehabilitated by the extraordinary dedication of the private owners;

Hollyhock House, Los Feliz- Frank Lloyd Wright’s first Los Angeles project, meticulously restored and repaired through dedication and stewardship;

LAUSD Historic Context Statement- a planning document that will preserve the wealth of historic facilities for the country’s second largest school district with a vision into the future;

Lincoln Place Apartment Homes, Venice – the historic old building fought for life in a battle that spanned more than a decade, until it once again thrives with a mix of historic preservation and sensitive new construction as a chic, desirable facility;

Pacific Electric Railway – El Prado Bridge, Torrance – the signature work by architect Irving Gill has been reclaimed to its Modern elegance throuf careful repair and stabilization, just in time to celebrate its 100th birthday; 

Rosslyn Hotel Apartments, Downtown Los Angeles – The old luxury hotel is now home to those whose lives are in crisis, spanning the usefulness afforded through time, the hospitality and preservation to create a tool to integrate affordable housing into market-rate neighborhoods.

In addition, the Conservancy bestows a special President’s Award for exceptional contributions. Past recipients include the City of Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, architectural historians Esther McCoy and Robert W. Winter, and the Los Angeles Historic Preservation Overlay Zone Movement. 

This year, the President’s Award goes to Alan Hess, who pioneered the recognition and preservation of our Mid-Century Modern heritage by shining a light on overlooked places that helped to define Southern California.

The Preservation Award recipients are selected by an independent jury of leading experts in architecture, historic preservation and community development, including Chair Jonathan Veitch, president of Occidental College; Kaitlin Drisko, Architect Drisko Studio Architects; Susan Healy Keene, AICP, Director of Community Development for the City of Beverly Hills; Edward Kelsey, President, Historic Building Services, Inc.; and Michelle G. Magalong, Chair, Asian & Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation.



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