I happen to be walking down California Avenue near Stacks restaurant the other day and I noticed the sign showing the improvements to the building pictured below. Is it me or are these improvments simply a way to make this building look generic rather than the way it looks today, which has a bit of an "edge" to it?
My friend, the late planning commissioner and architect Stan Vistica once said to me about architecture that good architecture either blends with its environment or stands out. I agree with him. These suggested improvements seem to make this building a medicore one. Unfortunately, the planning dept meeting regarding this design has come and gone and I am unaware of what transpired.
Decide for yourself whether throwing some eldorado stone on this building is the right thing to do.
Below: Building s it is today followed by the architectural sketch with the proposed improvements.