Architects Respond to Design Commission Changes for Old Twin Palms Building in Old Pasadena – Pasadena Now
The Pasadena Design Commission will review plan revisions for a project to construct a 21,002 square foot four story mixed-use building with 4,840 square feet of commercial space and 16 residential units at 85 W. Green. St., right next to a 1912 brick vernacular building that actor Kevin Costner converted into a restaurant – the famous Twin Palms at 101 W. Green St.
Sunshine Management was fined in 2016 for cutting down two 35-foot-tall canary palm trees on the property – the reasons Costner named his now-closed restaurant Twin Palms. Earlier Design Commission comments on the new project included a reminder that “previously approved mitigation measures for unauthorized protected tree removal” should be maintained when exploring alternative designs.
In response, the architect said four 36-inch Box Olea Europaea fruitless olive trees will be planted on the open area laid out along South De Lacey Avenue.
The developer had previously obtained approval when reviewing the design of a 14,008-square-foot two-story commercial building, but has since requested the major change to four stories.
On Tuesday, the Design Commission will be briefed on details of the changes, including how the architects, Malekian + Associates, responded to comments from staff and the Design Commission. The major changes were supposed to have been heard last April, but the plaintiff had requested the continuation of the redesign of the project.
In a report for Tuesday’s meeting, the Planning and Community Development department incorporated the architects’ responses to the design commission’s comments in previous hearings. Comments include advice to the architect to “explore alternative designs for the project with the freedom to deviate from the design” of the previously approved project to identify the most appropriate design solution.
“The proposed project will be a four-storey mixed-use building, the ground floor being for commercial use with 3 levels of residential units above,” the architects said in the response. “The new design will greatly reflect the immediate adjacent property to the west, which is a historic 1912 brick vernacular building. The proposed building will echo the rhythmic pattern of the historic building’s windows and moldings and present a timeless appearance of elegance by integrating contemporary details in a building of classic proportions.
The architects added that “rectangular windows rather than arches (previous design) will now dominate the facade” to mimic the adjacent building. Another major change, the architects said, is a recessed third story along West Green Street “to create a less imposing structure and be sensitive to the streetscape,” which consists mostly of storefronts from one to the other. two floors.
The project will also use different shades of limestone which will provide contrasting colors to emphasize certain areas of the facade and create interest.
The stepped balconies planned along Green Street and De Lacey Avenue have been removed in the new design, as advised by the Design Commission.
Another board of the Design Commission said architects must “ensure consistency of style and overall expression,” including the fourth floor.
“If the fourth floor continues to have a different expression than the lower floors, provide the reasoning for that decision and the logic between the two different expressions,” the commentary reads. In response, the architects said the revised design “now shows a more cohesive overall expression and style” from the ground floor to the fourth floor.
Responding to a comment for “taking into account the character of old Pasadena”, the architects said the building follows a “utilitarian / functionalist volume which is a common thread to surrounding buildings” and will feature classical proportions merged with contemporary simplicity. .
The meeting will take place on Tuesday at 4:30 pm It can be viewed via video conference here or listened to over the phone at (669) 900-6833 (Webinar ID: 813 8752 6504).