AO Mixed Use Studio .:. Updates on Stalder Plaza — Riverside, CA
165 DU I 1.2 AC I 137.5 DU/AC I 22,000sf Retail
At the heart of the city’s historic district sits a building which has lived many lives. It once stood as three structures: the city’s first fire station, a livery stable and Willy’s Knight Overland Automobile Dealership. In 1926, the three facades were unified under the Mission Revival architectural vocabulary by renowned Riverside Architect G. Stanley Wilson, complete with a scalloped parapet, arched windows, terra cotta urns and small cartouches. Over the years, its storefronts have served as a chronicle of Riverside’s evolution. In its newest incarnation, the historic building will become part of a trendy and pioneering seven-story mixed-use podium project that pays homage to the three structures which originally stood on the site, including a brick clad that references to the fire station.
The historic but weathered façade will be rehabilitated to its former glory. Its original storefronts will be preserved and host two full service restaurants with outdoor seating, a café and boutique shops. The original urn-shaped finials and a beam and pulley from the old fire station will be carefully recast and displayed.
In deference to the 1926 façade, the 165 apartments above the retail base are set deeply back. They highlight the ground level’s historicity by providing a counterpoint through contemporary architecture. In contrast to the ground level’s arches and ornamentation, the residential tower uses rectilinear forms and tile patterns, making heavy use of glass and metal as paneling, railing and solar shading. One of five outdoor recreational zones, the sky deck at the top level features a rooftop pool, panoramic views of the downtown and the San Bernardino Mountains, a green roof garden, and a glass floor for guests to take in the Fox Theater and street life below. An open terrace at the fourth level offers close up views of the Fox Theater and Mission Inn. The building will once again chart a key moment in the city’s history – the point at which the downtown became a truly livable, walkable destination.
Making progress rain or shine!
– Demolition completed
– Historical façade shored in place
– Subterranean parking structure grading and shoring in progress