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UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library receives preservation design award

The California Preservation Awards recognize the library’s recent seismic retrofit and entry pavilion project

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Clark Library construction
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This elevator and pavilion have been added to the UCLA William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.

In recognition of how well it was able to preserve its treasured aesthetic while upgrading for safety and accessibility, UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library will be honored by the California Preservation Foundation with the 2018 Preservation Design Award for Rehabilitation.

The California Preservation Awards showcase the best in historic preservation, recognizing significant achievements in architecture, history, design and engineering. The honor was bestowed for the library’s recent seismic retrofit and entry pavilion project, which included an elevator and ramps that improve access for people with disabilities.

The California Preservation Foundation exists to ensure that the rich diversity of California’s historic resources are identified, protected and celebrated for their history and for their valuable role in California’s economy, environment and quality of life. The award will be presented on Friday, Oct. 19, at a gala dinner and awards ceremony at Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

“The Clark Library seismic retrofit and pavilion project is an important contribution to the preservation of our state’s rich and diverse historic resources,” the organization said in a statement announcing the 2018 award winners.

Recipients are selected by a jury of top professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, planning, and history, as well as renowned architecture critics and journalists. In making their decision, the jury stated: “Great compatible small addition.”

“The Clark library is a gem, not just for the scholars who work within its walls and mine its rich collection, but as a site of memory and culture for the city of Los Angeles,” said Helen Deutsch, director of the Clark and UCLA’s Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies. “This project was a major multi-year undertaking that ultimately helped modernize and preserve this iconic setting and we are very grateful to be recognized for those efforts.”

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