Paul Williams-designed residence is designated.
Historic Resources Group successfully nominated the Hunt Residence, located on Oakmont Drive in Brentwood and designed by Paul R. Williams, as a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. The nomination was initiated by members of the community who were concerned about the proposed demolition of the property. Williams designed the residence in 1940 for Nelle Payton Hunt, a recent widow who was looking to downsize from her grand residence in Berkeley Square. The Hunt Residence was designed specifically for the site and to suit the needs of the client, while reflecting Williams’ aesthetic and the development of his design theories in the middle years of his career. Extraordinary care was taken in the siting of the residence on the lot, and it exhibits the quality of design and detail for which Williams is known.
HRG coordinates new landscape plan for the Gamble House.
Historic Resources Group has been hard at work on a Cultural Landscape Report for the celebrated Gamble House, Greene & Greene’s Arts & Crafts masterpiece in Pasadena. The report will document the history and significance of the landscape surrounding the iconic house and provide appropriate treatments for its continued use, maintenance, and rehabilitation. Our research continues to reveal interesting and little-known facts about the property. It is well-known, for instance, that the Gamble House was commissioned by Proctor & Gamble heir David Berry Gamble and wife Mary as a refuge from the severe Midwestern winters characteristic of their primary home in Cincinnati. Less known is the fact that several unusually harsh winters in Pasadena between 1911 and 1914 largely destroyed the original plantings of the Gamble House landscape which had to be almost completely replaced.
HRG Principals present at conferences and workshops.
Principals from HRG have been busy speaking at conferences, workshops, and training sessions. Peyton Hall, FAIA, gave a presentation in April at the 39th California Preservation Conference titled “California Historical Building Code: From Purpose to Practice”, which featured recent changes to the California Historical Building Code (CHBC) and analyzed how alternatives allowed under the CHBC have been successfully applied. In June, at the AIA National Convention, Peyton will speak on the role of architects in federal historic tax projects. The AIA’s Historic Resources Committee is sponsoring and organizing a proposal initiated by the National Park Service to strengthen the public/private relationship by educating architects about practice opportunities in this field.
Christine Lazzaretto, attended the Docomomo US National Symposium in March, and presented the Forum rehabilitation project at a panel discussion called “Advocacy and Scale: The Challenges of Sporting Stadiums.” She discussed the Forum as a preservation success story in the challenging realm of adaptive reuse of historic sports venues.
Christy McAvoy gave a talk in March at a California Preservation Foundation Workshop on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in Los Angeles. In April, she conducted a training session for docents at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica. Topics at this training session included the history of the site, which was formerly the Marion Davies Estate and, later, the Sand and Sea Club; the relationship between clients Phoebe Hearst and William Randolph Hearst and the architect Julia Morgan; and an overview of Morgan’s life and work.
HRG celebrates 25 years of preservation practice.
2014 marks the 25th anniversary of Historic Resources Group’s founding. Since then, HRG has been privileged to provide architectural history, historic architecture, and preservation planning services throughout California and the United States. We are humbled by the array of clients and projects we have worked on over the last quarter century and grateful for the intelligence, creativity, and professionalism of our clients and collaborators both past and present.
Looking forward, we are energized by the challenging work that continues and remain committed to providing the best in preservation services for many years to come.
USC buildings are designated.
In December 2013, HRG successfully nominated twelve buildings on the USC campus as City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments. The designated buildings span each major period in the campus’ development and represent work by some of Southern California’s most prominent architects. Highlights include several buildings by master architect John Parkinson, who developed the first master plan for the campus in 1919 and designed numerous buildings for USC in the 1920s. USC’s outstanding collection of post-World War II architecture is represented by works by William Pereira; Edward Durrell Stone; Killingsworth, Brady & Associates; and A. Quincy Jones. Following these local designations, HRG is working on the nomination of a campus-wide historic district for listing in the California Register.