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Planners OK With Meier & Partners All Saints Expansion, Preservationists Still Peeved

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Rendering by Shimahara Illustration; all images courtesy Richard Meier & Partners

Pasadena has released the draft environmental impact report for the All Saints Church master plan, which would add four buildings designed by Michael Palladino of Richard Meier & Partners to the church's civic center campus. The city's planning commission demanded an environmental impact report back in 2008 after the plan had already mostly cleared the Design Commission. And the EIR finds that "The size, massing, proportions, bulk and scale of the proposed project is generally in keeping with the size, massing, proportions, bulk and scale of buildings contributing to the [Pasadena Civic Center District, which is on the National Register of Historic Places]."

All Saints plants to get rid of a trailer and storage building, a surface parking lot, a commercial building, and their own 1966 Scott Hall, designed by Smith and Williams, and to build "four new buildings totaling between approximately 42,000 and 55,000 square feet, and between 29 and 75 feet in height, depending on which of the two proposed design scenarios are implemented," according to the EIR. The larger buildings will be set at the back of the site, adjacent to the Westin Hotel, and on the Walnut Street side of the campus.

The Church also has a 1924 Johnson, Kaufmann, and Coate building and two 1930 buildings by Bennett & Haskell. The church says their new plan fits in with their progressive mission, but some Pasadenans would rather it fit in with the civic center's more retro look. The executive director of Pasadena Heritage told the LA Times last week that they intend to keep fighting the fight for a less modern All Saints addition. According to the Pasadena Star-News, the city council is expected to vote on the plan in December.
· All Saints Church EIR [Pasadena Planning & Permitting Department]
· Pasadena's All Saints Episcopal Church and preservationists battle over architecture [LAT]

All Saints Church

132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, CA