Leo Carrillo Ranch, California, US

Historic stables preserved for use as a community resource

Working with a team of local craftspeople headed by Cruz Mendoza, Carrillo developed his Spanish Rancho between the years 1937 and 1940. The stable, a prominent, vernacular structure sited by Carrillo to take advantage of the rolling topography, is significant for its uncommon multi-level design and use of local materials, including unreinforced stone retaining walls and sun-dried adobe. True to its original construction, the adaptive reuse project seamlessly melds building and landscape improvements to preserve the site’s unique sense of place.

The project re-energises Leo Carrillo’s most iconic structure to create the park’s largest indoor activity space, including a multipurpose room suitable for events hosting 150 people. Executed in conjunction with a new contextually sensitive restroom building and site improvements, the stable and its outdoor event space are an added resource to the community and a new source of revenue for the City.

Text and images via the California Preservation Foundation.