Originally designed in 1926 by the renowned architect, Paul Revere Williams, the 28th Street YMCA served as affordable housing for many African American men who came to Los Angeles in the mid-1900s. The current project, named PRW Residences in honor of the founding architect, consists of an extensive historical renovation of the existing structure, including the original gymnasium, and the construction of a new five-story addition.
Under the partnership of Clifford Beers Housing (CBH) and the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), the re-envisioned PRW Residences will once again serve the surrounding community by providing special needs adults and youth transitioning out of the foster care system with an affordable place to live. Using historical photos and documentation, the project team will strive to preserve the character that has defined the building so that the community can continue to benefit from the historic and cultural heritage of the YMCA.
Once completed, the project will provide 49 units of studio style living, over 7,000 square feet of ground floor space to be utilized for community services and a rooftop garden for the residents. The building is targeted for a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold rating with south facing photovoltaic panels, sunshades and solar hot water panels on the roof.
Developer: Clifford Beers Housing – www.cbeershousing.org
Coalition for Responsible Community Development – www.coalitionrcd.org
Architect: Koning Eizenberg Architecture – www.kearch.com
General Contractor: Alpha Construction – www.alphaconstruction.com