June 2, 2014

Continuity of Place

This is a building on Main and Fifth in downtown Los Angeles. According to Brigham Yen the building is known as the Pershing Hotel and was built in 1889. The structure is being converted into affordable housing for the homeless and very low income population. The image above shows the structure with a construction fence around it before demolition of the guts if the building. The three images below show the facade braced while the new building is constructed behind it. While this method of facade preservation doesn't provide all the benefits of preserving the entire building, such as keeping the demolition of debris out of landfills, it helps maintain continuity of place in the historic core of downtown Los Angeles.



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