Happy Holidays!

To all of you from all of us at HRG, we wish you a warm, wonderful holiday season filled with friends and family, happy moments, observing old traditions and building new ones. Above all, we wish you the peace and serenity of the season. Here’s to good health and prosperity in 2017!


Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West Hosts the Fourth AIA Preservation Colloquium

Taliesin West will host the fourth AIA Preservation Colloquium from February 12-14, 2017. HRG Principal Architect Peyton Hall, FAIA, initiated this gathering of historic architects and members of other interested disciplines in 2013, and has continued as an organizer and participant each year.

The topic is “A New Paradigm for Architecture: The Convergence of Preservation, Environment, and Design.”  Architects are increasingly tasked with repurposing existing buildings of all types and ages for new uses. Current practice blurs the lines between design, resource conservation, and heritage conservation to extend the life of buildings by adapting them to new uses. Colloquium activities will include thought-provoking case studies and in-depth discussions of the architect’s role in shaping the use and reuse of existing buildings and their impact in an urban and community context.

Speakers include Aaron Betsky, Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture; Will Bruder, FAIA; Theo Prudon, FAIA; Duke Reiter, FAIA, Arizona State University; Carl Elefante, FAIA, 2018 AIA President-Elect, Quinn Evans Architects; Robert Bruegmann, University of Illinois at Chicago; Brent Leggs, National Trust for Historic Preservation; David Fixler, FAIA, EYP; John Allan, Avanti Architects; and Les Shepherd, FAIA, GSA.

Please join these distinguished panelists at a National Historic Landmark in the desert! For more information, visit: https://network.aia.org/historicresourcescommittee/home/taliesin

Image: Session at the 2015 AIA Colloquium at Taliesin West.


Tell Us About Your Favorite Historic Places in Santa Monica

Historic Resources Group is working with Architectural Resources Group and the City of Santa Monica to complete a comprehensive Citywide Historic Context Statement and Historic Resources Survey. The project is looking at resources constructed through 1977, and will evaluate properties for potential architectural, social, and cultural significance. As part of that effort, the project team would love to hear from you about historic places and neighborhoods in Santa Monica. Visit the project’s website at http://historicsamo.squarespace.com/ to learn more and tell us about your favorite historic places in the city!

Image: Santa Monica Historic Resources Inventory Update Website.


Holly Kane Joins the HRG Team

Historic Resources Group is very pleased to welcome Holly Kane to the HRG staff. Holly has a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Southern California, where she’s coordinated and lectured in the Summer Program in Heritage Conservation for the past five years. Previously, Holly served as the Development Coordinator at Pasadena Heritage, and has been a volunteer with the Los Angeles Conservancy and Pasadena Heritage for many years.

Prior to working in preservation, Holly enjoyed a long career as a gemologist and has over twenty years’ experience in most aspects of the jewelry and gemstone industry, including small business management, sales, gemstone identification, and trade show management. Holly’s new role as HRG’s Development Manager/Associate Historian will utilize her skills as a historian and her extensive business experience.  With a passion for meeting people and engaging in interesting, challenging projects, Holly brings a unique perspective to HRG.


Paul R. Williams Building Wins Prestigious National Award

Ground-breaking Los Angeles architect Paul Revere Williams, FAIA, (1894-1980) was the first African-American member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and in 1957 became the first African-American architect elevated to fellowship in the AIA. Renowned for his elegant and sophisticated designs, Williams continually met and exceeded the best of his profession throughout a long and prolific career.

Historic Resources Group has had the honor to be the historic preservation consultant for a number of projects involving Paul R. Williams-designed buildings, including the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the 28th Street YMCA; the rehabilitation of the Angelus Funeral Home utilizing federal rehabilitation tax credits; repairs to important character-defining features of the LAX Theme Building (with Pereira & Luckman); and the nomination of the Hunt Residence as a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.

More recently, HRG worked on the rehabilitation of Paul R. Williams’ Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Building, which has been recognized with an Award of Excellence as part of the 2016 DOCOMOMO Modernism in America Awards. As one of only four awards nationwide in the category, this distinction befits Paul R. Williams’ exemplary body of work. The rehabilitation of this significant building is another important example of continued community benefits through historic preservation.

Image: Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Building. Photo credit: Paul Turang.

Historic Image: Architect Paul R. Williams, left of center, shows the model for the building to Golden State Mutual’s Corporate Secretary, Edgar J. Johnson, and co-founders Norman O. Houston and George A. Beavers, Jr. Photo credit: UCLA Library Special Collections.