The 34th Annual Preservation Awards honored architect and Googie preservationist, Alan Hess, with this year’s President’s Award. A high achievement for Los Angeles Modern Architecture.
The 34th Annual Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Awards, awarded seven L.A. Modern Architectural projects with this decorated honor. Two Richard Neutra designs (Hafley House in Long Beach and the Kun House in Hollywood), Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House, the Pacific Electric Railway in Torrance, Downtown L.A.’s Rosslyn Hotel Apartments, the Lincoln Place Apartment Homes in Venice and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.
Architect, historian, educator, and Dwell on Design speaker Alan Hess received this high honor for his continued dedication to the preservation of mid century buildings all throughout the Los Angeles County, and stretching beyond to Palm Springs and even to Las Vegas. Los Angeles Modern Architect Alan Hess has frequently defended architecture underdogs, such as coffee shops, ranch houses, and suburbs of postwar living, making an argument that they are a part of American culture.
A leader of Mid Century Modern Architectural preservation, Hess published his first book, Googie: Fifties Coffee Shop Architecture, back in 1985. Hess has since become the “preeminent authority on Modern architecture and urbanism in the mid twentieth century,” according to the L.A. Conservancy. Hess was one of the first to write about John Lautner, William Pereira, and Oscar Niemeyer.
Los Angeles Modern Architecture was in the news this year, Hess has actively fought for the preservation of Norms La Cienega, a Googie-style coffee shop that recently earned a unanimous vote that it is a Historic-Cultural Monument. Although a long process is still ahead for the building showing off it’s Modern Architecture, recently more have spoke out in support of the cause, such as Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, who stated publicly, “I made Mad Men With one agenda early on: Stop tearing stuff down. You’re gonna miss it.”
The L.A. Conservancy will hosted its awards luncheon on Thursday, May 7, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, located in downtown Los Angeles.
On Sunday, May 31, Hess will join the Conservancy’s Director of Advocacy, Adrian Scott Fine, to discuss Googie architecture and the non stop battle over Norms La Cienega and other Modern Architectural Buildings.
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The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
The former post office in Beverly Hills became the centerpiece of a performing arts complex. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
The Hafley House
The Hafley House was built in 1953 by Richard Neutra in the city of Long Beach. Formerly the family home of Olan Hafley, a General Motors executive, and his wife Aida, who unfortunately passed away in 2010. The new property owners restored the home to its mid-century modern look.
The second Neutra home to receive preservation honors this year is Kun House, Originally built in the mid 1930s in the Hollywood Hills for Joseph Kun, a publisher of the Los Angeles Examiner.
This is Frank Lloyd Wright's first Los Angeles project, Hollyhock House, receiving a meticulous repair and restoration costing $4.3 million, winning a major achievement for the City of Los Angeles and strong civic stewardship.
Lincoln Place is a garden apartment community which survived a preservation battle spanning more than ten years. Thriving once again with a mix of historic buildings and very sensitive new construction.
El Prado Bridge
The 1913 Pacific Electric Railway built El Prado Bridge in Torrance, California. An iconic and a signature architectural design of Irving Gill. The bridge’s repair and stabilization project came right on time for its 100th birthday.
This former luxurious hotel, Rosslyn Hotel Apartments, opened its doors in 1923, on Fifth and Main in Downtown L.A. It was once one of the largest luxury hotels this side of the Mississippi. The Beaux Arts building now provides homes and services for people that are in need. Preservation is used as a tool to integrate affordable housing in and around the neighborhood.
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