PEACE THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY / GUASTI VILLA
This 1910 Beaux Arts/Italian Renaissance villa was to its original magnificence after suffering damage from the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
Built by the Guasti wine family and designed by Hudson & Munsell, this Beau Arts/Italian Renaissance villa is a Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Monument in the West Adams Historic District. The entire villa underwent a major seismic retrofit and restoration. All work was consistent with the U.S. Secretary of the Interior Standards. The cornice/balustrade and porte cochere were reconstructed using lightweight glass fiber reinforced cement cast from the original stone pieces. Exterior cast-iron balcony railings were repaired and the exterior was cleaned, re-plastered, and repainted to match the original colors.
Interior oak paneling, columns and painted ceiling and wall murals were cleaned and refinished. All doors, windows, and original hardware were retrofitted and repaired retaining almost all the original and requiring virtually no replacement. Interior finishes included a custom designed carpet woven specifically for the grand stairway, entry hall, and salon.
2003 California Preservation Foundation Award