San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
For the next event in our Making LA series, we're visiting South Los Angeles, where a historic YMCA has been brought back to life by Koning Eizenberg. The 28th Street Apartments is a supportive housing and community space for individuals transitioning from foster care. In addition to a careful restoration of the historic features, a new residential wing provides affordable apartments for residents with sustainable features like cooling cross-ventilation and solar energy from photovoltaics. In addition, the existing rooftop was repurposed as a garden and social space to link the historic building to new construction.
Built in 1926, the 28th Street YMCA provided a recreational respite, a place for socializing, and affordable housing for the predominantly African American community. Designed by renowned African American architect Paul Williams, the YMCA glittered as a jewel of the neighborhood until it fell into disrepair in the latter part of the 20th century. After it was acquired by Clifford Beers Housing in 2009, the organization worked closely with the architects to restore the building to its former sense of pride while looking forward to the new role it could serve in the community.
This collaboration between Clifford Beers Housing and the Coalition for Responsible Community Development exemplifies the potential for public-private partnership and has won numerous awards to date. Read more about the project at Architectural Record.
This program was made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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design east of La Brea
design east of La Brea (you can call us "dee-lab") is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that celebrates and supports local creatives in their efforts to enlighten, improve and engage the city. Through events that are educational, inspirational, and interactive, de LaB unites an enthusiastic community of local residents who are invested in the future of LA.