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Downtown L.A. Historic Core: Touring Some of the Newest Adaptive Reuse Projects


This Workshop is Made Possible by a Generous Partnership with Spectra.

Downtown Los Angeles is in the midst of a major construction boom that is revitalizing many areas of downtown, including the historic core. Adaptive reuse projects have been recently been completed or are underway at some of the largest historic buildings in the historic core that will continue to transform the area into a trendy hotel, residential, shopping and eating destination. This tour will take you on a tour that includes 4 recent historic projects near south:

  • Start at the original Bank of Italy’s transformation into the newly opened NoMad Hotel
  • See the current revitalization at LA’s largest historic rehabilitation project, the Broadway Trade Center
  • The adaptive reuse of the Commercial Exchange Building into the Freehand Hotel
  • End the tour at the Ace Hotel (United Artist Theater) at the rooftop bar for no-host drinks and a social reception

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Learning Objectives

  1. Learn identification of character defining features
  2. Learn the challenges and opportunities of adaptive reuse projects
  3. Learn methods of restoring historic materials, including wood, brick, cast stone and Terracotta
  4. Understand best practices for collaborating between Owner, Architect, Preservation Consultant and Contractor

Tour Guides

John Arnold, Partner, Killefer Flammang Architects; Teresa Grimes, Principal Architectural Historian, GPA Consulting; Reuben Lombardo, Project Manager, Spectra Company; Lauren Mishkind, Architect, Omgivning Architects