Press Release: L.A. Conservancy Announces 2017 Preservation Awards Recipients | Los Angeles Conservancy

Press Release: L.A. Conservancy Announces 2017 Preservation Awards Recipients

LOS ANGELES, February 21, 2017—The Los Angeles Conservancy has announced the recipients of its 36th annual Preservation Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation. This was another competitive year, with twenty-two submissions and many deserving projects. As always, this year’s projects reflect a wide range of efforts to preserve L.A. County’s architectural heritage. 

The eight award recipients are:

Chairman's Award

SurveyLA: The Los Angeles Historic Resources Survey
The most comprehensive survey ever completed by an American city identifies and evaluates L.A.'s rich historic resources.

Project Awards

CBS Columbia Square, Hollywood
A Hollywood entertainment icon received a much-needed rehabilitation and upgrade, exemplifying how historic sites can return to their former glory while meeting current needs.

Cultural Landscape Report for the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, Arcadia
This planning document provides a vital guide for caring for the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden’s wide range of historic resources.

Kinross Cornerstone, Westwood
Following a meticulous rehabilitation, a historic Westwood Village building now serves a new generation of shoppers.

Grand Central Air Terminal, Glendale
One of Glendale’s most beloved landmarks received a complete rehabilitation, allowing the story of the city’s aviation history to live on in a new form.

Preservation Resource Center at the Shotgun House, Santa Monica
After being threatened with demolition and surviving three moves, Santa Monica's only intact shotgun house found new life as the headquarters of the Santa Monica Conservancy.

Valley Times Photograph Collection
The Los Angeles Public Library preserved and digitized a treasure trove of mid-century photos of the San Fernando Valley, providing preservationists with an invaluable look at this period in history.

View Park Historic District National Register Nomination, South Los Angeles
A successful grassroots effort to list one of the country’s most prosperous African American communities in the National Register of Historic Places ensures that we never forget the story of how black Angelenos overcame racial adversity.

The awards will be presented at a luncheon on Wednesday, May 3 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The luncheon is a rare opportunity for hundreds of business and community leaders to hear inspirational stories of how historic preservation strengthens communities and fosters economic development. City National Bank will sponsor the luncheon for the seventeenth consecutive year.

Preservation Award recipients are selected by an independent jury of leading experts in architecture, historic preservation, and community development. The 2017 jury included:

Chair: Debra Gerod, FAIA, LEED AP
Partner, Gruen Associates

Belinda Valles Faustinos
Board Member, National Park System Advisory Board

Steven Keylon
Landscape Historian

Kyle C. Normandin
Associate Principal, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. 

Lisa See

About the Preservation Awards

Since 1982, the Los Angeles Conservancy has honored excellence in the field of historic preservation through its annual Preservation Awards. The awards are selected by an independent jury of experts in architecture, historic preservation, and community development. 

Award recipients range widely, from sensitive restoration, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse projects, to groundbreaking advocacy and education efforts by individuals and groups. 

In addition to the project awards, the Conservancy bestows a special Chairman’s Award for exceptional contributions. Past recipients of this award include the J. Paul Getty Trust, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, and photographer Julius Shulman.

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