Working in close collaboration, MWA and VBN created a design to repair the building, renovate it to modern seismic and life safety standards, and preserve its historic character. Much of the restoration work offers a sharp contrast to the high-tech applications of City Hall’s new seismic retrofit. Plasterers used century-old techniques to painstakingly replicate ornate cornices and friezes. Using archival drawings, the Mayor’s office was restored to its original design, with a working fireplace and intricate wainscoting in the conference room.
Client: City of Oakland
Cost: $64.5 Million
Awards: 1998 Merit Award for Historic Preservation | 1996 Design Award, National Trust for Historic Preservation | 1996 Design Award, AIA East Bay Chapter | 1996 Preservation Design Award-Rehabilitation/Adaptive Re-Use | 1993 Design Award for Cultural Resources