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Downtown's El Dorado in Black and White

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An afternoon email from the office of El Segundo-based Rockfeller Architects concerning our query about their work on adaptive re-use project El Dorado Lofts in downtown: "Completion date will be fall 2008, and there'll be 65 units and the ground floor will be occupied by retail or a restaurant, but that hasn't been determined," they write. Keep reading on for a description of the project and more pics.

Via Rockefeller's web site: "Hotel El Dorado, originally named the Hotel Stowell, was built in 1913. While the style is essentially a Gothic and Art Nouveau amalgamation, the green glazed brick façade, extravagant iron cornice, and floral terra cotta detailing is particularly striking in this neighborhood of mid-rise office buildings.

El Dorado Partners LLC hired RPA to restore and convert the old hotel into condominium units and ground floor commercial space. The firm will restore and repair historical details such as the ornate hand railings in the entry hall, columns and capitals, and plaster ceilings. The Hotel El Dorado blade sign will be refurbished, and the green brick façade will be thoroughly cleaned to preserve the delicate finish."