The Boyle Hotel in Los Angeles to Receive Preservation Honor Award

National Trust for Historic Preservation to present award at its national conference

The National Trust for Historic Preservation will present its Preservation Honor Award for the restoration of the Boyle Hotel in Los Angeles. The project is one of 18 award winners to be honored by the National Trust during its 2013 National Preservation Conference in Indianapolis, Ind.

The 1889 Boyle Hotel was once known as the “Gateway of Boyle Heights,” a rare example of Victorian-Italianate commercial architecture from the period. Originally the tallest building in Boyle Heights, the hotel was converted into apartments and housed many musicians from nearby Mariachi Plaza. Yet the iconic structure became plagued by maintenance issues and vermin, and it was threatened by demolition in 2006.

Then, the East LA Community Corporation purchased the building to create affordable housing for the surrounding predominantly low-income community. The group used local and state subsidies, tax credits and private equity to preserve the exterior, update the interior and restore the signature red brick and gold cupola. Now, the Boyle Hotel has reopened with rehearsal space for local mariachi musicians and a business center. Its restoration shows how community engagement and creative thinking can save a cultural treasure.             

 “While each is unique, this year’s outstanding Honor Award winners all reflect the importance of protecting what is special and irreplaceable,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  “Whether it’s the spectacular restoration of an iconic public library in St. Louis or the transformation of a warehouse into housing for previously homeless residents in Detroit, this year’s Honor Award winners demonstrate how saving places bolsters local economies and creates jobs in communities across the country.” 

The award will be presented to the East LA Community Corporation at the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards ceremony in Indianapolis on November 1, 2013.

Co-recipients are: Chattel, Inc., Historic Preservation Consultants; ICON Builders; Richard Barron Architects; and Westport Construction Corporation. 

The National Preservation Awards are bestowed on distinguished individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies and corporations whose skill and determination have given new meaning to their communities through the preservation of our architectural and cultural heritage. These efforts include citizens’ attempts to save and maintain important landmarks; companies and craftsmen whose work restores the richness of the past; the vision of public officials who support preservation projects and legislation in their communities; and educators and journalists who help Americans understand the value of preservation. The winners of the National Preservation Awards will appear online at


The 2013 National Preservation Award Winners:

Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award: Richard Moe, Washington, D.C.

National Trust/Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation: Presidio Public Health Service District, San Francisco, Calif. 

The American Express Aspire Award: Recognizing Emerging Leaders in Historic Preservation: Alison King, Phoenix, Ariz.   

Peter H. Brink Award for Individual Achievement in Historic Preservation: Don Worth – Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, Miami, Fl.

National Trust/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation: Riverside Plaza, Minneapolis, Minn.

Trustees’ Award for Organizational Excellence: Cleveland Restoration Society, Cleveland, Ohio.  

The Tony Goldman Award: The Maritime, New Orleans, LA.

Trustees Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites: Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM.



African Meeting House, Boston Massachusetts

Boyle Hotel, Los Angeles, California

Fort Sam Houston, Fort Sam Houston, Texas

Indiana Landmarks Center, Indianapolis, Indiana

Kelly Cullen Community, San Francisco, California

NSO Bell Building, Detroit, Michigan

Ogden High School, Ogden, Utah

St. Augustine Mission, Los Lunas, New Mexico

St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, Missouri

Warren Cultural Center, Greenfield, Iowa



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