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Integrating the new with the old promotes a level of green building that Los Angeles and Southern California are just beginning to engage with. At Drisko Studio, we work to make existing buildings, and particularly historic buildings, be competitive in the marketplace, functional in our modern living, and integrated with the same benefits to people’s health and energy use as new construction. We view the challenges of working within an existing context as opportunities, not constraints, that revitalize and replentish the community.

At the MacGowan Residence in West Adams, Los Angeles, Drisko Studio designed and implemented strategic interventions within the historic building to make new environments that energize, sustain and provide for innovation and discovery within the preservation context. The restoration of the exterior and integration of new gardens and landscaping provides a beautiful landmark in the West Adams community.


Adaptive reuse of this Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument was awarded a Preservation Design Award for Restoration from the California Preservation Foundation in 2008.