California Preservation Foundation, 1999 Preservation Design Award

City of Los Angeles, Historic Preservation Award of Excellence

Los Angeles Conservancy, 1999 Preservation Award

Los Altos Apartments
Los Angeles, California
M2A's work focused on the seismic upgrade, restoration, and rehabilitation of this 75-unit Spanish Style (circa 1923) residential hotel. The building has many unusual suites including a 2,500 sq. ft. suite originally owned by William Randolph Hearst. Research established the design of original light fixtures, hardware, carpets, awnings and ornamental iron work to be restored or recreated. All seismic work was concealed, and new fire/life safety systems were provided to allow the original monumental stairs to be reopened. Primary public spaces were fully restored, with replicated original plaster work, painting, and light fixtures. Landscape design was based on photographic documentation of the building when it was first dedicated. The Los Altos Apartments are Los Angeles Cultural Monument No. 311. This project has been recognized with awards from the California Preservation Foundation, Los Angeles Conservancy and City of Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission.