Tuesday, March 20 2012

Linda Vista: From Hospitals to Homes


After sitting vacant for more than 20 years, the historic Linda Vista Hospital in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles will be redeveloped into 97 affordable housing units for seniors plus a medical clinic and other community-serving amenities.

“Our plan is designed to mesh with the original fabric of the Spanish Mission-style hospital campus, which was built in the 1920s and 30s,” related Wade Killefer, KFA design principal.
The historic lobbies and common areas will remain, but patient rooms, the nurses’ dormitory and offices will be converted to housing.

Developed by AMCAL Multi-Housing, the new three-story building, located on a 3.5-acre landscaped site, will be built in two phases, with both planned for completion in 2013.

The original structure – stepped asymmetrical massing, traditional windows, red tile roofs and ornate ironwork – readily lends itself to this transformation, added John Arnold, KFA project architect.  Phase I calls for conversion of the dormitory into four studio and 18 one-bedroom units.

In 2006, the hospital was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.