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Hotel Project Team

Project Lead or Principal
Jim Duffy

Client or Owner Firm/Organization Name
Matt Ainley

Lead Architect, Engineer, or Designer Address
William Ruoff – Ten Over Studio

Consulting Engineer
Mark Sorhouet – 4 Creeks Engineering

Consulting Engineer
Brian Starrett – 3C Engineering

Consulting Engineer
Jason Miller – Strategic Industry

Consulting Engineer
Steve Marcias – 4 Creeks

Matt Ainley – 4GC Construction

Landscape Architect
Tyson Carroll – Wood Architecture

Specialty / Sub-Contractor
Nathan Hicks – Silman Structural

The Darling Hotel

The Darling Hotel is a winner for the 2021 Preservation Design Award for Rehabilitation. Award recipients are selected by a jury of top professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, planning, and history, as well as renowned architecture critics and journalists. Tickets and sponsorship options are available at californiapreservation.org/awards.

About The Darling Hotel

This project sought to respectfully revitalize a significant but forgotten piece of Visalia’s vibrant history with a strategy to celebrate existing elements at all scales, while honestly rehabilitating the building for modern purposes. Exterior facades were carefully restored and a seamlessly designed stair tower was the only required exterior addition. Original interior fixtures and details were meticulously preserved and, if lost, were replicated by innovatively reusing other original building components and employing modern building techniques. The hotel’s rooftop restaurant “The Elderwood” which, like the hotel, is named to honor the owner’s family, celebrates the existing building by showcasing the concrete negative of the primary facade’s Art Deco frieze as a dramatic backdrop to its bar. A dynamic, generational story of family and community reverberates through all facets of the building, making The Darling Hotel a tangible promise to continue that story for generations to come.

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