NMS Properties, Inc. is Awarded Adaptive Reuse Honor by the Santa Monica Conservancy
Santa Monica Conservancy announced the winners of the Preservation Awards on February 18, 2013 spotlighting those who have renovated, restored and adapted historic buildings to new uses.
NMS Properties, Inc. has been named the recipient of the Adaptive Reuse award for its careful preservation of the historic WWII Quonset hut that resides on its [email protected] property site. As the last known Quonset hut in Santa Monica, this high-profile slice of history was officially landmarked by the City of Santa Monica in December of 2007. Regarded as highly durable military architecture, these vintage edifices were once thought of as modern in their time.
While incorporating a Quonset hut that was used as temporary housing of the 1940™s into a modern development was initially a challenge, we were excited at the opportunity to preserve this piece of Santa Monica history. We feel that the result celebrates a historical structure, while providing visual interest to the clean lines of our modern mixed-use building, explains NMS™s President.
“We wanted to play up the fine texture, earthy patinas and funkiness of the Quonset hut without mimicking or overwhelming the structure, which we all grew to love,”A noted John Arnold, KFA’s project manager. “Moving the hut to the corner of the site let it set the tone for the rest of the project. We also felt that this approach fit the surrounding neighborhood, which retains its casual, old Santa Monica vibe.”