28th Street Apartments

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This classic example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, designed by noted architect Paul R. Williams, provided the African American community recreational space and accommodations in the 1920s, but by 2007 had fallen into disrepair. Today, the building provides supportive housing and ground floor community programs.

Key historic features were restored and housing units enlarged, which necessitated a new residential wing. Inventive integration of new building systems released the existing rooftop for use as a garden and social space to link the historic building to new construction.

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The thin, cross-ventilated addition is shaded to the south by a vertical photovoltaic panel array and wrapped to the north with perforated metal screens that feather at the corners to frame views of the city. Some perforations are tabbed rather than punctured to create a secondary pattern abstracted from the cast stone reliefs on the historic building.

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STATUS
Completed 2012, LEED Gold

LOCATION
Los Angeles, California

CLIENT
Clifford Beers Housing

PROGRAM
49 Units, 38,000 SF New Construction + Renovation

AWARDS + RECOGNITION
2016  Architizer A+ Jury’s Choice Award: Architecture + Preservation
2014  AIA National Housing Award
2014  AIA | HUD Secretary’s Housing And Community Design Award
2013  AIA California Council Merit Award
2013  California Preservation Award
2013  City of Los Angeles Historic Preservation Award
2013  Australian Institute of Architecture International Award Finalist


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