Koning Eizenberg Architecture’s New Adaptive Reuse in Echo Park

Koning Eizenberg Architecture’s New Adaptive Reuse in Echo Park

The 1968 office building at 2117 W. Temple Street gets a LEED-certified design makeover by awarding-winning Koning Eizenberg, the Santa Monica architectural design firm known for changing the look of Los Angeles landmarks, notably the historic Farmers Market at 3rd/Fairfax and the Standard Hotel in Downtown L.A.

The former commercial office building now functions as Children’s Institute Inc.’s new Otis Booth Campus, a 48,000 square foot all-inclusive facility for “clinical treatment, early childhood education, child enrichment, and family support” for neglected, abused, and at-risk children and families.  The campus opened its doors this past Saturday to civic leaders, Echo Park, and the greater community.

Children’s Institute, historically known as The Big Sister League, contributes that the new site will be an “open, child and family-centered environment that provides family enrichment and support.”  The commercial office building was purchased in April 2006 by the non-profit organization for $3.7M, with State of California bonds and a detailed project plan.

Locals may remember the red brick structure with M.A.B. stenciled on its corner.  What lies behind the Koning Eizenberg eggshell façade and orange-awning exterior? Classrooms, libraries, youth and nutrition centers, garden space, and therapy rooms.

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