Historic Resource Assessments


400 S alameda

Los Angeles, California
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Chattel performed a Historic Resource Assessment report for the property that was originally the Stockwell-Haley Company mill building constructed 1908. In preparation for a project to rehabilitate the building as a hotel. In order to determine if the project had the potential to impact a historical resource for California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review, Chattel’s HRA evaluated whether the property was eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, California Register of Historical Resources, and local designation as a Historic-Cultural Monument or contributor to a historic district.

Our research examined the building’s historic significance by describing its physical characteristics, current integrity, historical use, as well as through direct analysis of specific eligibility criteria. Additionally, because the property was identified by SurveyLA as a contributor to a potential historic district, we had to evaluate the project’s impact on the potential historic district as a whole. As a final step, our report included a series of recommendations to improve project conformance with the Secretary’s Standards and Guidelines separately from our evaluation of historic eligibility.

Gilmore gas station (Starbucks)

Los Angeles, California
Valerio / Starbucks

The Streamline Moderne former Gilmore Gas Station, built in 1935, was comprehensively rehabilitated and creatively reimagined as a drive-through and walk-up coffee shop for the Melrose neighborhood in Hollywood. Designated as a Historic-Cultural Monument in 1990, the gas station had been a backdrop for famous film and photo shoots including Herb Ritts’ 1984 “Fred with Tires”. It closed down in the 1990’s and had been sitting vacant and deteriorating until Chattel worked with Starbucks, Valerio, Inc. and a team of specialists to develop a rehabilitation plan that brought this beloved neighborhood landmark back to life.

Our first task was to perform a Historical Resource Assessment and evaluate the proposed project for historical resources impact under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Through primary and secondary source research of the property and analysis and review of the project plans, Chattel designed mitigation measures to ensure conformance with the Secretary’s Standards and therefore a less than significant impact on historical resources under CEQA.

The project required remedial environmental cleanup, repair and reconstruction of historic materials, such as the cantilevered canopies, removal and replacement of incompatible alterations, and transformation of windows and doors to service counters. Spectra Company performed critical rehabilitation and reconstruction work. The sensitive adaptive reuse of the Gilmore Gas Station has revitalized this important Historic-Cultural Monument as a newly imagined "fuel" station.

The project won a 2018 Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Award and a 2018 Preservation Design award for Rehabilitation from the California Preservation Foundation.

notre dame high school

Los Angeles, California
Corsini Stark Architects

Chattel consulted on the Master Plan for the Notre Dame High School campus located in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles. Collaborating with Corsini Stark Architects, Chattel helped ensure that the location and design of new campus buildings were compatible yet differentiated from the Mission Revival style architecture present on campus. 

Notre Dame High School’s first building dates to 1947 and the campus was identified in SurveyLA as individually eligible as a Historic-Cultural Monument. Chattel also identified the campus as eligible as a potential National Register and California Register historic district. Based on this eligibility, Chattel participated in design collaboration to ensure infill construction on campus was in conformance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and would thus not cause material impairment pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Phased construction is expected to begin in 2019.