Category: 2009 Awards

Café de Leche owners Matt and Anya Schodorf have provided a gathering place. In the scheme of things, by being innovative, seeking to use the space to the fullest, uncovering the beautiful amber leaded glass along the top part of the windows, and opening up the interior ceiling and walls to expose the ducts and the brick, they created a space that is welcoming and current in a historic setting.

When one enters the Barras Salon they are entering a world of urban chic, right here on Figueroa Street. Mr. Barras took an older building and adapted it to the needs of a contemporary market. He bestowed an urban sophistication on an this structure while being respectful of its historic roots. Barras has been operating his salon for approximately one year. In this short time he has transformed a building that had too many walls, a low suspended ceiling and a linoleum floor into an excellent example of adaptive reuse that respects the architectural integrity of the past and meets the needs of the present. He opened up the space by removing non-historic walls, by polishing the cement floors until they shone, and exposing the original arched windows that show what the building would have looked like even though they are still sealed with cinder blocks. He also revealed the ducts and ceiling joists to give it a more open feeling. Amazingly, he did all of this himself while maintaining a full time job. The tremendous amount of time and energy that went into this adaptive reuse within the heart of the Highland Park Overlay Zone is to be applauded and is well deserving of the 2009-2010 award.

The Pisgah Church, also known as Christ Faith Mission, began in 1895 and included eleven historic structures that housed Reverend Finis E. Yoakum and his followers. Pisgah has been a continuous part of the Highland Park community, at times serving the homeless and always a way station for its followers. A few years ago it was decided to rehabilitate Pisgah Village and create 47 units of quality, affordable housing. By using irregular massing, low-pitched roofs and the addition of front porches, the new housing blends in well with the neighboring structures and still allows the Pisgah Home to maintain dominance on the site. The new buildings are not only respectful of the existing architectural integrity, but are sensitive to the environment by using finishes and materials that are eco-friendly. In keeping with the historic layout of the property, a lovely, new courtyard was created for the residents and an existing courtyard shaded by a large California Oak was retained. The use of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties allowed Pisgah Village to be listed as a National Register Historic District. The tremendous amount of time and energy that went into the project and its sensitivity to the historic fabric is truly commendable and well deserving of the 209-2010 award.

In 1984 the statue of Chicken Boy was removed from the roof over the Chicken Boy restaurant, which had recently closed. Amy Inouye campaigned to save the roadside icon and eventually acquired it and put it into storage. Unable to find a proper new public home for him, he languished in storage for 23 years. Upon moving to Highland Park, plans and permits were secured to install Mr. Boy on top of her office on Figueroa Street, where he found a permanent roost in 2007. A true grassroots preservation effort, the Story of Chicken Boy won first place as the 2009 California Preservation Foundation’s Three-Minute Success Story. The dedication to preserving this icon on Route 66 – where it originally had its home – is truly commendable and very well deserving of the 2009-2010 award.

Antiqua Cultural Coffee House has preserved the past while basking in the present. The business owner took a former ice cream parlor that had much of its architectural integrity intact and adapted it to the needs of a community that serves both a grade and middle school. The neighborhood received a much needed eating establishment and the schools acquired a place to gather. This endeavor was a challenging undertaking and is to be commended. The owners’ foresight has preserved the historic fabric of the building and at the same time serves hundreds of students and the residents of the surrounding area. The owner’s actions are to be praised and he is very well deserving of the 2009-2010 award.

This stately Craftsman is dominated by a handsome concrete porch with two battered brick columns on either end. Above the left side of the porch is a sheltered balcony and a gable on the right side is located above an arbor. The earth tones of the paint scheme are created by seven different shades of brown and aqua marine highlights the window sashes. The color combination gives it a distinctly Craftsman look. A well-maintained landscape and avery attractive parkway boasts drought-resistant landscaping. The upkeep and care displayed by these owners show tremendous pride and is well deserving of the 2009-2010 award.

This charming bungalow features a dormer with fish scale shingles situated above the porch and a square bay on the right side of the house. Because of the pyramidal roofline and its massing, this structure can be described as a Pyramidal Folk Victorian. The fish scale shingles are also Victorian. However, its battered porch columns, double frieze and horizontal lines are a definite Craftsman influence. A simple paint scheme has highlighted the many fascinating architectural details and gives the house a new lease on life. The owners’ dedication to their property is quite evident and well deserving of the 2009-2010 award.

This simple clapboard sided Craftsman went through a complete renovation in 2009. A number of non-historic windows had to be replaced and the porch had to have the original wooden pillars and railing duplicated. An illegal addition was removed and the home was returned to its original footprint. An attractive paint scheme was the crowning touch. A chain link fence was replaced by an attractive wooden one and the yard was refurbished with a brick sitting area and pleasing landscaping. The tremendous amount of time and energy that went into the renovation of this house is to be applauded and is well deserving of the 2009-2010 award.

This handsome and virtually intact Colonial Revival house is highlighted by a full width front porch with four Tuscan columns and colonial balustrades on the porch railing. The front door is located in a central alcove with a transom above. The wooden door appears original and has dentils below the glass and paneled walls on either side of the alcove. The hipped roof has a central dormer whose single diamond paned window mimics the window on the front porch. A new coat of paint and a well tended fornt yard point to the continued care and maintenance of this home. The pride displayed by the owners is commendable and well deserving of the 2009-2010 award.

This stately Mission Revival with Gothic influence, has been in the Highland Park area since 1907. An original stained glass window, approximately 12′ high and 6′ wide was installed in 1909. In 1986 the window was cleaned and re-leaded by Judson Studios. The window is covered on the outside to protect it. To behold the architectural integrity of this building is quite amazing. A testament to this are the original hinges that still secure the double arched front doors. A pleasing paint scheme offsets these doors and many other architectural details. The sensitive upkeep of this property and a well-maintained landscape shows tremendous community pride and is very well deserving of this 2009-2010 award.