La Laguna in Top 60 of the ’60s

One of Garavaglia Architecture, Inc.’s projects in Southern California, La Laguna de San Gabriel, was just voted First Place for the Cultural Landscape category in the Top 60 in the ’60s poll.  This opinion poll was conducted as part of LA Conservancy’s celebration of the ’60s turning ’50s. The Top 60 are listed in the categories of civic/institutional, commercial/retail, industrial/manufacturing, cultural sites, residential, and cultural landscapes.

La Laguna was saved from demolition in 2006 by the Friends of La Laguna. Garavaglia Architecture, Inc. is proud to be part of the process, providing a Historic Structures Report and a Preservation Plan for this playground built by concrete artist Benjamin Dominguez. The project is also a 2009 LA Conservancy Preservation Award winner.

Click here for the LA Conservancy announcement of the winners and navigate to 1963 by clicking on the 1950 mark on our timeline for more information on this project. Congratulations to all the winners.

May Day Monster Mash Picnic at La Laguna de San Gabriel

Join the Friends of La Laguna and the Los Angeles Conservancy as they celebrate May Day with a Monster Mash Picnic at La Laguna de San Gabriel located in a corner of Vincent Lugo Park in San Gabriel. The park is a well-loved playground known to children all over the greater San Gabriel Valley. It also serves as a cultural landscape and is the last work designed by a Mexican master artist, Benjamin Dominguez. Designed around the theme of a lagoon, it has 14 custom and hand crafted concrete play structures that through heavy use over the years are beginning to show their age.

In preparation for the renovation of Laguna de San Gabriel, Garavaglia Architecture, Inc. prepared a Historic Structures Report and Preservation Plan for the Friends. The report was awarded a 2009 Preservation Award from the Los Angeles Conservancy and a California Preservation Foundation 2009 Preservation Design Award. The site was also recently listed on the California Register of Historic Resources.

Join Garavaglia Architecture Inc.’s Marketing Manager Dea Bacchetti for the picnic being held May 1, 11 a.m. -2 p.m. The cost is $15 ($10 for Conservancy members, $5 for kids 12 and under) and reservations are required. There will be games, lunch, architecture-inspired ice cream sandwiches from the Coolhaus truck, and more!

For more information or to make a reservation:

For more information on the La Laguna project, click on 1950 on the upper navigation bar of our time line. Also visit Friends of La Laguna:

La Laguna Project Wins Preservation Award

The La Laguna de San Gabriel Historic Structures Report and Preservation Plan has just received a preservation award from the Los Angeles Conservancy. Garavaglia Architecture Inc. served as the Preservation Architect for the project and congratulations go out to the entire team! Click on the year 1950 and La Laguna on the timeline to read more about this exciting project.

See also a mention of our win in the Architect’s Newpaper blog.

Historical Photograph of Lookout Mountain at La Laguna Park
Historical Photograph of Lookout Mountain at La Laguna Park