It’s hard to believe 12 years have passed since completion of the Globe Mills. Conversion of this blighted, abandoned industrial complex on the edge of downtown Sacramento to a thriving loft and senior housing project is still amazing today … but how much has changed. Rest in peace Ali Youssefi.
Over 100 years ago, the Bel-Vue on 8th was among the very first ‘mixed use’ buildings in downtown Sacramento, with comfortable apartments above American Cash, a ground floor grocery + hardware store. Designed by California’s first state architect, this was a gem honored on the National Historic Register – but it’s better days were a distant memory as it slipped into decay, an abandoned wreck filled with bat, pigeons and rot.
Today it’s glowing again, full of tenants who enjoy the historic restored interior down to the claw foot tubs and rich moldings, and the lobby fitted out like an elegant library. Applied Architecture was proud to have assisted young developer Ali Youssefi on this adventure, completed six months after he was tragically lost to cancer.
The Bel-Vue has regained its spot among Sacramento’s treasures.
Michael F. Malinowski FAIA Architect
Telling the story: marry buildings with technology
Humbled and grateful for recognition from my peers in being elevated to AIA Fellowship Malinowski-fellowship-letter.pdf
November AIACC President’s Message Architects-more-than-you-expected.pdf
The 12th annual Code Conversation Event – founded by M.F. Malinowski AIA some 13 years ago – was another great success last evening with over 50 design professionals and building officials. There was a lively exchange of ideas, comments and forward looks, and best of all a continued development of the excellent working relationships between us all.