Urbanize.LA recently toured the to L.A. Railway building on South Broadway in Downtown L.A. that is getting ready for its conversion to the next U.S. location for Hoxton Hotels. Familiar to the area and the brand, GREC peviously rehabbed the United Artists Theater for the ACE Hotel just one block North on Broadway, and is in partnership with Ennismore for a Chicago Hoxton Hotel.
Crain's Chicago reported on a new development at the corner of North Halsted and West Lake Streets. GREC Architects will be designing the project in close collaboration with the project development team which includes Shapack Partners, Focus Development and Atlantic Realty Partners.
This is the third hotel project for GREC Architects in the Fulton Market District.
The second part of our "Wa$ted Market" coverage comes from studio member Aaron Kalfen. Similar to John's experience, Aaron found that access and awareness were significant hurdles for efficient reuse of building materials. Aaron explains further the solutions he and his team explored.
A few months ago we introduced the certificate program "Wa$ted Market" from ARCHEWORKS. Two of our associates, John Knuteson and Aaron Kalfen were participants, while Charles Chambers advised the program as faculty. Here, John Knuteson reflects on the ideas that the project inspired and the actions his team explored during the 12-week session. He details a deeper understanding of material waste as well as his new perspective on owning responsibility for change.
Last weekend, 15 GREC employees braved the unseasonable cold to participate in National Rebuilding Day. Organized by the Metro Chicago chapter of Rebuilding Together, National Rebuilding Day is focused on repairing the homes of those in low-income or under served communities. Every year on the last Saturday of April, Rebuilding Together affiliates work to preserve their mission of improving and maintaining neighborhoods through home repairs and modifications.
Topics: Construction Process
The United Artists Theater on South Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles on South Broadway exchanged many hands before it made it to the creative clutches of the ACE Hotel. It was not the first renovation project on Broadway in Downtown LA thanks to the Bringing Back Broadway campaign, a plan set forth by the City of Los Angeles to reinvigorate the historic corridor of South Broadway by stimulating economic development like rehabilitating forgotten theaters.
The theater and accompanying tower were a cumbersome puzzle awaiting it’s return to glory. This post will be the first of two to commemorate the 4 year anniversary of deconstruction and historic preservation at 929 South Broadway.
Two of our newest projects situated in the West Loop of downtown Chicago relay historically significant pasts. 311 North Morgan Street lies within the newly defined Historic Fulton-Randolph Market District (pictured above) and was originally built 123 years ago in 1893, and 165 North Desplaines Street which sits on the site of the 1886 Haymarket Riot.
Chicago at the turn of the 20th century was a burgeoning metropolitan and the concurrently developing Randolph-Fulton market was not only a direct implication of these changes but also a driving force behind the new economy. A few details and images helped us understand why these sites are so important to Chicago and why their preservation is key.