Historic Old Administration Building Earns National Historic Preservation Honor

November 26th, 2014
Long abandoned and once nearly demolished, Fresno City College's newly restored Historic Old Administration Building is now the recipient of a prestigious national Preservation Honor Award from The National Trust for Historic Preservation.  HOAB is one of 17 projects nationwide this year to receive the award, regarded as one of the nation's top historic preservation honors. Tim Mikulski with[...] more

ELS Promotes Three to Principals

November 25th, 2014
ELS is proud to announce the promotions of Diana Hayton, Sean K. Slater, and Jeffrey Zieba to principals. Diana, Sean and Jeff will join the executive core in leading ELS into our 47th year. Diana Hayton, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, leads ELS’s historic and adaptive reuse portfolio and directs the firm’s approach to integrated sustainable design strategies. She joined ELS[...] more

A Testament to Perseverance

All historic preservation projects are a testament to perseverance. But some have a longer road to fruition than others. Take the Old Administration Building on the campus of Fresno City College. Built in 1916 as the first permanent structure on Fresno State Normal School campus, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Only two years… more

Invisible Architecture: Notes on Sherith Israel

Sometimes, if we do our work well as architects, our handiwork is nearly invisible. At least that can be the case with historic renovation and seismic strengthening projects. Recently we completed the first phase of work on a historic Classical/Romanesque sanctuary in San Francisco’s Upper Fillmore. For more than a century, Congregation Sherith Israel has been worshipping in this building,… more

Fox Lights Up Uptown

Now that redevelopment is dead in California, we can mourn its passing by celebrating some of its triumphs. Ironically, one of the biggest success stories is the revitalization of Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood, which happened under former mayor Jerry Brown—the same Jerry Brown who dismantled redevelopment as governor. True, some agencies came under fire for misappropriation of funds—to build golf courses… more

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