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Anyone watching the construction of the Harper WestHollywood condo project knows the at-times controversial history. Curbed LA will catch you up on it in their post today. What a fantastic effort to blend old and new.

Photo showing the old and new of the Harper WestHollywood project. (via CurbedLA, click for gallery)

Because the 86-year-old Ramona Apartments was deemed as a historic site, local developer GTO built around the complex. The architect calls this project one of the biggest challenges he’s faced as an architect.

The fa├žade and front portion of one building of the Ramona was preserved, and essentially a new building was tacked on to that portion.

One-bedrooms will be priced from the mid $500,000s and two-bedrooms in the low $700,000s, and there are eight different floor plans.

The project is at 1236 North Harper in West Hollywood.

Full story and photo gallery at Curbed LA

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  1. Dennis Harper says:

    The Harper WestHollywood condo complex is a hot architectural mess that spits in the face of the residents of this block. It starts innocently enough on the south side of the project, with a tasteful restoration of the classic Ramona Apartments but quickly degenerates to the north into something akin to a cold as ice 1950′s Soviet-era workers quarters that completely uglifies what was once a pleasant and tranquil street.

    The Toledo Stamping Plant component of this project is indescribably depressing from the Harper street side. But let me try…

    Half of the building’s frontage on Harper is a gigantic exposed staircase leading mysteriously to elevators that take you to more staircases painted grey with grey fencing covering them so it looks like a zoo enclosure (a 1950′s Soviet zoo) lit by bare Ferris Wheel sized fluorescent tubes so bright you could see them from space. They make the street look like a Rite Aid parking lot – and hit the penthouse window with so much light no living thing could possibly survive in there.

    Add cartoonishly large red pipes in the planters along the street with massive chains hanging from them that could easily leave you mistaking this building for a water treatment plant, and what look like dozens of plumbing fixtures (perhaps meters) right inside the gate at the north end of the complex, and what you have here is an architectural train wreck of epic proportions.

    Yet…

    They expect people will pay nearly $600,000 for the privilege of being incarcerated there.

    Whoever approved this at City Hall should be punished by having to camp out on that depressing staircase all night as the white light from the Ferris Wheel bulbs slowly destroys their will to live.

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