Eastern Columbia pool deck
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2008 Preservation Award winners

The Los Angeles Conservancy has named the winners of its 27th annual Preservation Awards, which will be presented May 8 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown L.A. Among the honorees: the Eastern Columbia Lofts, the Art Deco landmark downtown whose renovation was featured as the Home section cover story May 17. The building’s pièce de résistance is the rooftop pool deck, set under the iconic clock tower. The original terra cotta tiles in sea-foam green and cerulean blue have been restored. When the photo originally was published, some readers asked if the reflection in the pool was enhanced. It was not. (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times)
The Eastern Columbia was built in 1930 as commercial space and converted by the Kor Group into about 150 lofts. Chief executive Bradford Korzen’s wife, designer Kelly Wearstler, handled the lobby, shown here. The restored, original terrazzo floor was complemented by a design that reflects the evolution of Wearstler’s Hollywood Regency look. (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times)
The L.A. Conservancy also honored the Claremont Packing House, formerly the College Heights Lemon Packing House. The building was described as “the last visible link” to Claremont’s history as a citrus-growing center. It has been adapted into an arts, dining and retail hub. (Sally Egan)
The '“History of Transportation’ mural is a 1940 Works Progress Administration piece by artist Helen Lundeberg. The mural, which consists of 60 panels, stands in Grevillea Art Park in downtown Inglewood. The city of Inglewood and residents restored and relocated the mural. (Sculpture Conservation Studio)
This year’s nine preservation award winners also include the 1927 Pasadena City Hall, whose 10-year, $80-million renovation included the restoration of historic features. The environmentally friendly design and practices incorporated into the project by contractor Clark Construction Group also earned certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. (Victor Muschetto)