California Historical Building Code

Ford Factory
arts district, Los Angeles, California

Chattel prepared a Historic Resource Assessment (HRA) for environmental clearance of the 1914 Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant (Ford Factory) in downtown Los Angeles, finding it eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, California Register of Historic Places, and for designation as a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument for its association with the Ford Motor Company, and as a Beaux-Arts styled daylight automobile assembly plant. Under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), when a project is expected to cause substantial adverse change to a historical resource, environmental clearance for the project would require mitigation measures to reduce impacts. Mitigation measures for the Ford Factory included design collaboration and construction monitoring, which resulted in application of the California Historical Building Code.

Chattel produced a CEQA Impacts Analysis as the qualified historic architect, including mitigation measures which ensured the Ford Factory's continued conformance with the Secretary's Standards through design collaboration and construction monitoring with owner Shorenstein and project architect Rockefeller Kempel Architects. Chattel provided guidance on appropriate treatments using the Secretary’s Standards, as well as as application of the California Historical Building Code throughout design collaboration and construction monitoring. Thus, environmental impacts of the Ford Factory were reduced to a less than significant impact, and new creative office and retail spaces were enabled for tenant Warner Music Group.