Retrofit of existing building to accommodate remodel from hotel to apartment building. Fire alarm system with voice evacuation system included in design.
About the Facility:
The Hotel California was constructed in downtown Fresno as a luxury hotel for city visitors and as a meeting place for city residents. Designed by H. Rafael Lake and constructed by R. F. Felchlin & Company, the building immediately became a symbolic landmark for the growing prosperity of the City of Fresno. In the ensuing years, the Hotel Californian gained a reputation as the best hotel between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and hosted a great number of famous individuals and important events. It remains emblematic of Fresno’s prosperity in the 1920s and is an outstanding example of the type of development that occurred in California’s Central Valley cities wishing to promote a strong sense of their success and urbanization during this period. In adherence to the Italian Renaissance and Beaux-Arts design tradition, the Hotel Californian’s primary façades are visually divided into a two-story base, a shaft of five floors, and a capitol formed by the eighth floor and roof parapet. The nine-story structure originally served as a fashionable hostelry and housed various retail and commercial office spaces. The building currently provides housing for low-income seniors and many of the ground floor spaces have been converted for use as retail storefronts (historicfresno.org).
851 Van Ness Ave Fresno, CA 93721