John C. Freemont Library



Los Angeles Conservancy, 1997 Preservation Award

City of Los Angeles, Historic Preservation Award of Excellence

John C. Fremont Library
Los Angeles, California
M2A completed the rehabilitation, seismic upgrade, and 2,000 sq. ft. addition to this historic branch library. All work on this Los Angeles Cultural Monument No. 303, constructed circa 1927, was designed to meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards. Organized around a new entry/reading court, the existing library and new support and community spaces are fully accessible. A new entry "drum", separated from the existing structure by skylights, leads into the restored reading room complete with truss ceilings, fireplace and recreated chandeliers. Original stenciling was restored; original colors were researched and recreated. A new landscaped parking lot integrates existing trees to maintain the context of the residential neighborhood. The completed project was the recipient of a 1997 Design Award from the Los Angeles Conservancy.