ROBERT F. KENNEDY COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
Heritage K-12, Cocoanut Grove
Los Angeles, CA
Client: Los Angeles Unified School District
Completion: 2010 - Restoration & Modernization
a collection of schools on the site of the old Ambassador Hotel
Historical Pictures of the Coaconut Grove from Los Angeles Public Library Archive
Recreation of the door details from the historical photo archived.
Coaconut Grove Reconstruction for Student Auditorium
Paul R. Williams Coffee Shop Reconstruction for New Faculty Dining Room
The coffee shop was altered several times from its original condition prior to the demolition of the original iconic Ambassador Hotel in 2006. Some room elements were salvaged and restored. The entire room was authentically reconstructed to its original 1950 state.
The unique floor plan was meticulously maintained and reconstructed from the original drawings. The toilet rooms unusual configuration is a result of the curving north wall of the main dining room.
The Pylon complex was constructed in 1938. It functioned as a marker on Wilshire Blvd. for automobile access to the Ambassador Hotel, which was set back from the street with open lawns. It served as an advertising element for the hotel and celebrated the rise of car culture in Los Angeles. It was a civic urban oasis along Wilshire. Its pylon tower was designed in the 1930s Streamline Moderne style, resembling the GE Building at Rockefeller Center in New York (from the 1930s) with its austerity and well-proportioned setbacks. Its crowning mast is like a scaled-down version of the dirigible mast on the Empire State Building.
In the pre-construction investigation phase it was revealed that the original pylon was contained within the concrete coating applied in the 1970s. The four inch layer of concrete was carefully removed. The perimeter concrete walls were reinforced w/ an inner layer of concrete. Steel straps tie the pylon base to the side walls. The foundations were reinforced. Openings for previous signs in the walls and roof were structurally infilled. Surface blemishes were patched. Overall, the external surfaces were left fairly rough and painted off-white. New lighting at the front was installed.