Chattel Receives Preservation Design Award

Jane B. Eisner School (photo by Robert Chattel)
The 30th annual California Preservation Awards ceremony was held on Friday, September 27, 2013 in the amazing Julia Morgan-designed ballroom of the Merchant's Exchange Building in San Francisco.  The awards honor design excellence and recognize individuals and companies that make outstanding contributions to the historic preservation field.  Chattel, Inc. received an award for its work on the Jane B. Eisner School.

Located in the Harvard Heights neighborhood just west of Downtown Los Angeles, the new Jane B. Eisner School of Camino Nuevo Academy is housed in a former Pacific Bell Company garage.  The exterior of the 1928 brick building was carefully restored while the interior was divided into classrooms, labs and a multipurpose space shared with the community.  The new school is part of Pueblo Nuevo Development’s network of local schools and provides middle school level education for students feeding in from PND’s nearby Camino Nuevo Elementary School. 

Working for Frederick Fisher and Partners, Architects and Pueblo Nuevo Development, and collaborating with land use attorney Michael Woodward, Chattel reviewed plans for the new charter school and was responsible for ensuring the project conformed with the Secretary’s Standards.  Chattel facilitated communication with reviewers at the Office of Historic Resources, and participated in public outreach with the Los Angeles Conservancy, other local preservation advocates, and community boards.

The high volume interior spaces are filled with daylight from skylights in the wood bow string truss roof.  New exposed mechanical equipment and steel frame give the school a loft-like character.  The official opening ceremony was held on February 19, 2013.

Students in their light filled classroom (photo by Frederick Fisher and Partners)

Exposed brick and steel frames are visible in the corridors (photo by Frederick Fisher and Partners)
Creative approaches to finishes and signs in interior spaces (photo by Robert Chattel)

Students at play in the yard (photo by Frederick Fisher and Partners)