An adaptive reuse of a brick livery stable, from the late 19th century, presented several challenges. Not only had the building sustained major earthquake damage, it also survived a variety of renovations. Subsequent to its original use as “The Palace” livery stable, it served as a warehouse, an auto garage, and a public market. We were asked to retrofit the building for seismic requirements and to redesign it to accommodate office spaces and an advertising agency.
The project was not a restoration in the strict sense of returning to the original design; instead, the design allows many different historical layers to show through. For example, the firm “restored” the reinforced-concrete corner entry, which contradicts the façade’s symmetry. The original stable entrance became a conference room window. Throughout the building, a strategy of infill and exposure was developed in relationship to the historical layers. Infill walls allowed the original structural columns to be visible. A suspended ceiling was removed, exposing the carpenter truss structure.
3,000 SF adaptive re-use area
CLIENT: FJS Partners (Owner), Pasadena Advertising (Tenant)
PROJECT TEAM: Peter Tolkin, Christine Bräm
ENGINEERS: Uniteck (Structural)
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: George Hopkins Construction
PHOTOGRAPHER: Peter Tolkin