Sunday, April 24, 2011

Facade of Historic Building Acquired By The Americana To Be Preserved

The Glendale Historical Society has successfully worked with The Americana to preserve the facade of the beautiful mission revival commercial building recently acquired by Caruso Affiliated as part of their plan to expand the Americana. The facade will be saved and incorporated into the new Nordstrom building, and the windows will be used to display historic photographs of Glendale.

Via an e-mail from The Glendale Historical Society:

The Glendale Historical Society is pleased to announce that it has been working with Caruso Affiliated to relocate the façade of the Mission Revival-style brick commercial building at 230 South Orange Street, recently acquired by Caruso for the expansion of The Americana at Brand. Caruso Affiliated will incorporate the existing building façade into the design of the new Nordstrom building along the new pedestrian passageway to be created on what is now Orange Street between Colorado and Caruso Avenue.

The façade's original steel sash windows will become showcases for The Glendale Historical Society to display photographic images from Glendale's past. Caruso will install display boxes where The Glendale Historical Society can promote special events and install exhibits about the history of the City of Glendale and its architecture.

The Caruso team has been very respectful of TGHS' concerns about preserving this rare Glendale example of Mission Revival-style commercial architecture. TGHS is pleased that the unique architecture of the building façade will be the centerpiece of the new pedestrian walkway between Nordstrom and Barnes & Noble and that the illuminated display windows and light boxes will be prominent and attractive features of the proposed Americana expansion. The restored façade will maintain both its current orientation and the original materials of the building.

Caruso Affiliated is proceeding with the public process to receive permits for the development of the expansion, scheduled for completion in the Fall of 2013.

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