Press Release: L.A. Conservancy Announces 2018 Preservation Award Recipients | Los Angeles Conservancy

Press Release: L.A. Conservancy Announces 2018 Preservation Award Recipients

LOS ANGELES, February 8, 2018—The Los Angeles Conservancy has announced the recipients of its 37th annual Preservation Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation. This year’s projects reflect a wide range of efforts to preserve L.A. County’s architectural heritage.

The nine award recipients are:

Chair's Award

Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, Arts District
This flour mill-turned-arts center shows what’s possible in a rapidly changing Arts District.

Project Awards

City of San Gabriel Historic Preservation and Cultural Resource Ordinance Update, San Gabriel
The City of San Gabriel’s updated ordinance reflects a true commitment to its citizens and its rich history.

Freehand Los Angeles, Downtown Los Angeles
A long-neglected former office building was transformed into a vibrant hotel, connecting people to their past and each other.

Glendale Central Library, Glendale
A rehabilitation project embraced a 1973 Brutalist design, adapting it to meet the changing nature of libraries while respecting and reviving its historic character.

Lankershim Depot, North Hollywood
Closed for more than thirty years, one of the San Fernando Valley’s oldest buildings gained new life as a coffee shop.

Rose Bowl, Pasadena
The beloved stadium’s creative and sensitive rehabilitation proves the viability of historic sports venues, an increasingly endangered species.

Salkin House, Echo Park/Silvertop, Silver Lake (shared award)
Two designs by master architect John Lautner—a lost gem and a true icon—were saved by stewardship.

Starbucks (Gilmore Gas Station), Hollywood
This prime example of L.A.’s car culture once again serves as a fuel station.

The awards will be presented at a luncheon on Wednesday, May 2 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 eighteenth consecutive year.

Preservation Award recipients are selected by an independent jury of leading experts in architecture, historic preservation, and community development. The 2018 jury included:

Chair: Gail Goldberg
Executive Director, Urban Land Institute – Los Angeles

Bryan Eck
City Planner, City of Los Angeles

Kelly Sutherlin McLeod, FAIA
Principal, Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc.

Mott Smith
Principal, Civic Enterprise Development LLC

Sian Winship
President, Society of Architectural Historians Southern California Chapter

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.

About the Los Angeles Conservancy

The Los Angeles Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization that works through education and advocacy to recognize, preserve, and revitalize the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County. What began as a volunteer group in 1978 now has nearly 6,000 member households, the largest membership of any local preservation organization in the U.S.

Media Contact

Tiffany Narváez, (213) 430-4208,