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Friday, May 15, 2009
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One of Benjamin Dominguezs La Laguna de San Gabriel historic structures

One of Benjamin Dominguez's La Laguna de San Gabriel historic structures

Yesterday the Los Angeles Conservancy held its annual Preservation Awards at a packed ballroom in the Biltmore Hotel in Downtown LA. Some interesting tidbits we picked up about the winners: The Biscuit Factory Lofts Downtown used to be a Nabisco bakery, making Oreos and other treats. Cole’s, the famous French Dip restaurant Downtown that opened over 100 years ago, is located in a former terminal for red car street cars. The day prohibition ended Cole’s served 2,000 gallons of beer. Griffith Park’s application for landmark status was 400 pages long. And the La Laguna De San Gabriel Park Historic Structures include Stella the Starfish, Peanut the Green Dolphin, and Ozzie the Octopus. The winners were all impressive. Here’s the list:

Biscuit Company Lofts (Aleks Istanbullu Architects and Donald Barany Architects)

Cole’s, Originators of the French Dip (Kelly Architects and Historic Resources Group)

First Church of Christ Scientist, Pasadena (Architectural Resources Group)

Griffith Park City of Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument Application

Hollywood Palladium (COE Architecture, Architectural Resources Group and KKE Architects)

La Laguna De San Gabriel Historic Structures Report and Preservation Plan (Garavaglia Architecture)

Malibu Pier (Architecture & Light and Historic Resources Group)

Mark Taper Forum (Rios Clementi Hale Studios and Harley Ellis Devereaux)

Pisgah Village (Ena Dubnoff Architects)

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