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RAMONA STREET REHABILITATIONS

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PROJECT INFORMATION

CLIENTS: Roxy Rapp & Company, www.roxyrapp.com / Old Pro Restaurant, www.oldpropa.com The Wine Room, www.thepawineroom.com / De Lemos Properties
LOCATION: Ramona Street National Register Historic District, Palo Alto, California
SIZE: 23,600 Square Feet
COST: $5,000,000

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Ramona Street is a one-block National Register historic district in downtown Palo Alto that was falling into disrepair and steadily losing pedestrian activity and vitality. Two well-known local architects, Birge Clark and Pedro de Lemos had designed the street's many historic buildings in the Spanish Eclectic style in the early 1930s. Over a period of several years, CAW led the renovation efforts for five of the most prominent buildings along the block.

CAW's renovation efforts have helped to create a revitalized downtown district where restaurants, shops, and wine bars thrive. Ramona Street is alive with people and has become the center of nighttime activity in the downtown. Through creative financing tools, the architects demonstrated that preservation does pay.

HOW CAW DID THIS

  • Developing renovation plans that gained a “Preservation Bonus” from the City of Palo Alto allowed the building owners to add 2,500 square feet to the project or sell the bonus to finance renovation.
  • Working with the National Park Service to gain a 20% Rehabilitation Tax Credit further helped to offset the high cost of renovation.
  • CAW was able to carry out multiple renovations while carefully protecting key historic features.
  • The historic buildings were adapted into new uses including restaurants, wine bars, and office space.
  • CAW won unanimous approvals for its renovation plans from the City of Palo Alto’s Historic Resources Board and Architectural Review Board.

KEY PARTICIPANTS

STRUCTURAL: Hohbach-Lewin, www.hohbach-lewin.com
CONTRACTOR: DPR Construction, www.dpr.com

HISTORIC

RAMONA STREET REHABILITATIONS

INFO

PROJECT INFORMATION

CLIENTS: Roxy Rapp & Company, www.roxyrapp.com / Old Pro Restaurant, www.oldpropa.com The Wine Room, www.thepawineroom.com / De Lemos Properties
LOCATION: Ramona Street National Register Historic District, Palo Alto, California
SIZE: 23,600 Square Feet
COST: $5,000,000

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Ramona Street is a one-block National Register historic district in downtown Palo Alto that was falling into disrepair and steadily losing pedestrian activity and vitality. Two well-known local architects, Birge Clark and Pedro de Lemos had designed the street's many historic buildings in the Spanish Eclectic style in the early 1930s. Over a period of several years, CAW led the renovation efforts for five of the most prominent buildings along the block.

CAW's renovation efforts have helped to create a revitalized downtown district where restaurants, shops, and wine bars thrive. Ramona Street is alive with people and has become the center of nighttime activity in the downtown. Through creative financing tools, the architects demonstrated that preservation does pay.

HOW CAW DID THIS

  • Developing renovation plans that gained a “Preservation Bonus” from the City of Palo Alto allowed the building owners to add 2,500 square feet to the project or sell the bonus to finance renovation.
  • Working with the National Park Service to gain a 20% Rehabilitation Tax Credit further helped to offset the high cost of renovation.
  • CAW was able to carry out multiple renovations while carefully protecting key historic features.
  • The historic buildings were adapted into new uses including restaurants, wine bars, and office space.
  • CAW won unanimous approvals for its renovation plans from the City of Palo Alto’s Historic Resources Board and Architectural Review Board.

KEY PARTICIPANTS

STRUCTURAL: Hohbach-Lewin, www.hohbach-lewin.com
CONTRACTOR: DPR Construction, www.dpr.com

HISTORIC > RAMONA STREET REHABILITATIONS



  • PROJECT INFORMATION

    CLIENTS: Roxy Rapp & Company, www.roxyrapp.com / Old Pro Restaurant, www.oldpropa.com The Wine Room, www.thepawineroom.com / De Lemos Properties
    LOCATION: Ramona Street National Register Historic District, Palo Alto, California
    SIZE: 23,600 Square Feet
    COST: $5,000,000

    PROJECT DESCRIPTION

    Ramona Street is a one-block National Register historic district in downtown Palo Alto that was falling into disrepair and steadily losing pedestrian activity and vitality. Two well-known local architects, Birge Clark and Pedro de Lemos had designed the street's many historic buildings in the Spanish Eclectic style in the early 1930s. Over a period of several years, CAW led the renovation efforts for five of the most prominent buildings along the block.

    CAW's renovation efforts have helped to create a revitalized downtown district where restaurants, shops, and wine bars thrive. Ramona Street is alive with people and has become the center of nighttime activity in the downtown. Through creative financing tools, the architects demonstrated that preservation does pay.

    HOW CAW DID THIS

    • Developing renovation plans that gained a “Preservation Bonus” from the City of Palo Alto allowed the building owners to add 2,500 square feet to the project or sell the bonus to finance renovation.
    • Working with the National Park Service to gain a 20% Rehabilitation Tax Credit further helped to offset the high cost of renovation.
    • CAW was able to carry out multiple renovations while carefully protecting key historic features.
    • The historic buildings were adapted into new uses including restaurants, wine bars, and office space.
    • CAW won unanimous approvals for its renovation plans from the City of Palo Alto’s Historic Resources Board and Architectural Review Board.

    KEY PARTICIPANTS

    STRUCTURAL: Hohbach-Lewin, www.hohbach-lewin.com
    CONTRACTOR: DPR Construction, www.dpr.com