BEL VUE: PRESERVATION WINNER!!

On behalf of the California Preservation Foundation’s Board of Trustees, we are pleased to inform you that the The Bel Vue was selected to receive a 2020 Preservation Design Award in the Rehabilitation category.  We congratulate you and the project team for your outstanding work and your dedication to historic preservation.  We received more than 50 nominations this year, a record for CPF and evidence of the many successful projects throughout the state.

The award will be presented at the California Preservation Awards, to be held online on October 21, 2020, as part of a month-long celebration with a focus on the eighteen winning projects. We are excited to announce a new format and scope for the awards, including a series of educational webinars, an online Preservation Expo, and a movie night to complement the formal awards ceremony. In the last six months, CPF’s online programming has attracted thousands of visitors from across the U.S. and fourteen countries. With that in mind, all of the California Preservation Awards programs will be open to the public via Zoom and Facebook LIVE, further expanding the audience for historic preservation and creating larger impacts in wider communities. 

The California Preservation Awards showcase the best in historic preservation, recognizing achievements in architecture, history, design, and engineering. The The Bel Vue is an excellent example of this, and we are thrilled to recognize your work. Please review and submit the important forms listed in the attached document so CPF can give you and your team the recognition you deserve during the awards presentation.

Your exemplary contribution to the preservation of California’s rich and diverse historic resources will be recognized during our festive events, on our website, and on our social media streams


We look forward to seeing you live online before an international audience on October 21st!  Congratulations!

National Park Service Approval

We got word today that the National Park Service has approved the Bel-Vue historic rehabilitation project for the federal Historic Tax Credits!  Another one added to Applied Architecture’s 100% success rate for technical Secretary of Interior Standard / ‘Part 3’ Final Approvals.    

Subject: Bel Vue Apartments, Part 3 decision

 

July 8, 2020

 

PROPERTY: The Bel Vue Apartments, 1117-1123 8th Street, Sacramento, Los Angeles, CA

PROJECT NUMBER: 36232

APPLICATION: Part 3

DECISION: Approve

 

         

The National Park Service (NPS) has reviewed your Historic Preservation Certification Applications – Part 3- Request for Certification of Completed Work for the property cited above and has determined that the completed rehabilitation meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.    

 

Due to the ongoing public health emergency, NPS Technical Preservation Services staff are currently teleworking from home. This notice of decision is a copy solely for notice to the applicant. An officially signed application decision (dated July 6, 2020) will be mailed to you as soon as possible, but please anticipate that there may be up to a 1-to-2-week delay.

 

 

Antonio Aguilar

Historical Architect

Technical Preservation Services

National Park Service

The BelVue

In our view, the Bel-Vue is a Sacramento hidden gem.

Just a block from our downtown arena, it’s a national register listed historic treasure, originally designed over 100 years ago by California’s first state architect George Sellon.  Long abandoned and left to decay, a years long huge effort led to its resurrection.  The now fully occupied upper floors once again provide convenient and fully updated apartments that also connect to the past, all the way down to the restored clawfoot tubs and beautiful original moldings.  The ground level lobby is modeled after a library reading reading room, with floor to ceiling bookshelves, skylights, and comfortable lounge tables and seating.  When the ground level street front is occupied by a restaurant, it will be again a bustling center of activity and comfort.

Applied Architecture was very proud to be architect for this CFY Development adventure, one of the last projects taken on by the young developer Ali Youssefi who was tragically lost to cancer in 2018.