Old Town Irvine —  At the turn of the century, the little town of east Irvine provided a blacksmith shop, hotel, and general store for the surrounding residents and warehouses to store grain for local farmers. In 1984, the remaining buildings of the town were acquired by a private developer and Thirtieth Street Architects, Inc. was hired to design a historical adaptive reuse of the buildings. The buildings have been adapted as a hotel/retail/restaurant complex.  

One of the most interesting aspects of the reuse is the conversion of the 38-silo concrete granary into a motel, using the silos for 98 hexagonal motel rooms. Over 60,000 square feet of the various buildings were rehabilitated in accordance with the The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties with Guidelines for Preserving, Rehabilitating, Restoring and Reconstructing Historic Buildings.

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