The Boyle Hotel on the Boyle-Cummings Block is a 3-story, 45,000 square foot existing historic unreinforced masonry (URM) structure located adjacent to the historic Mariachi Plaza in East Los Angeles. The project included extensive seismic reinforcement and historic rehabilitation which provided 31 units of housing in conjunction with the construction of an adjacent new, 3-story, 20-unit Type V structure over a new 2-level Type I garage structure.
Scope of work included seismic reinforcement and structural repair, restoration of historic elements to regulatory standards, new electrical, mechanical, life safety, and plumbing systems, new elevator, new windows, restoration of existing windows, new roofing system, all new finishes and hardware. The existing continuous and pad foundation system was augmented by moment frames supported on pads and grade beams.
Because of the historic qualities of the building, a woodworking shop was set up on the premises to recreate and restore the building’s wood trim elements, including moldings, handrails, and particularly the curved-sash windows at the historically significant corner cupola.