Top Right: View to the courtyard
Bottom Right: Rear entry and access to courtyard
of the pain, frustration and chaos of the Los Angeles 1992 civil disturbance
in which many lost their lives, property and peace, rose the Adams
Congress Apartments which expresses the aspirations of the people
in the heart of the City for affordable housing. Levin understood
the need for creative expression and vision that emerged from the
tragedy. She designed a facility that is a symbol of progress, a place
of comfort and security for residents and neighbors."
Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas, City of Los Angeles Eighth District
South Los Angeles
Interdenominational Community Development Corporation
54,000 square feet
Levin & Associates was asked to create an island of safety on
a burned-out site in the troubled West Adams district with an affordable
housing project. As was its intent, the project has triggered revitalization
in the surrounding area.
The three-story complex is constructed above a below-grade parking
basement. A combination of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments
totaling 46 units in 54,000 square feet are integrated with a community
learning center with street access, a resident recreation room and
play area in a garden patio sheltered from the street.
The brightly-colored plaster walls of terra cotta and ochre and highly-textured
asphalt-shingled roofs create an architecture which is complementary
to the craftsman and revival styles of the neighborhood.