Horton Plaza
Broadway Fountain For The People
Built in 1910, Horton Plaza is one of San Diego's oldest civic landmarks. The half block city park is named for downtown founder Alonzo Horton, who originally intended the plaza to be enjoyed by his guests at the nearby Horton House Hotel. Horton sold the park to the city for $10,000 in 1895, and his hotel was eventually demolished. The construction of the U.S. Grant Hotel, which opened in 1910, prompted 180 citizens of San Diego to petition for the redesign of the plaza. Banker Louis J. Wilde, part-owner of the U.S. Grant and future mayor of San Diego, donated ten thousand dollars for the project. The new design by Irving Gill replaced the original plaza bandstand with a symmetrical layout of grassy quadrants around a decorative fountain. Modeled after the 4th century B.C. Choragic Monument in Athens, the entablature of the fountain is inscribed with the words "Broadway Fountain for the People." For more information on this project Click Here!

Current Projects

Just Starting
Hotel Churchill

The Hotel Churchill originally was opened in August of 1914, in time for Balboa Park's Panama-California Exposition.  It was named for its owner, Orrin Churchill, and designed by architect David. S. Holmes.  The hotel is currently undergoing a $20.5 million rehabilitation and is expected to re-open in 2016. 

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In Progress
Hollywood Masonic Temple 

The Free and Accepted Masons of Hollywood Lodge No. 355, located at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California, was built in 1921. Designed by John C. Wilson Austin, the building has housed many venues -- including the Hollywood Opera & Theater Company, several nightclubs, and currently houses ABC's late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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Recently Completed
Hollywood Heritage Museum

The Hollywood Heritage Museum is housed in the restored Lasky-DeMille Barn. The building was dedicated as "Hollywood's First Major Film Company Studio" on December 27, 1956. The Lasky-DeMille Barn was recognized as a California State Landmark in 1955 and listed on the National Register in 2013. 

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Needles Historic Train Depot 
"El Garces" - Harvey House
El Garces Hotel and Restaurant in Needles, California, was part of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Depot. The hotel was built in 1908 by the Santa Fe Railroad under contract with the Fred Harvey Company, which owned a chain of restaurants, hotels, and other hospitality industry businesses alongside railroads in the western United States. The elegant Neoclassical and Beaux-Arts style hotel was considered the "Crown Jewel" of the entire Fred Harvey chain.  Spectra Company was consulted to investigate the historic significance of the existing tile during the hotel's recent renovation. For more information on this project Click Here!

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Upcoming Events
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California Preservation Foundation 
Ace Hotel & Theater Tour 
Thurs., Sept. 17th, 2015 | 5:30pm - 7:00PM
Go behind the scenes of one of Los Angeles' most iconic buildings, which recently underwent a multi-million dollar restoration. The tour will investigate the process and challenges of restoring a historic property per "the Secretary of the Interiors Standards" including the Ornamental Metal Tower, Decorative Terra Cotta Fa´┐Żade, and the Cast Iron Storefront Surrounds.
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Santa Barbara Mission Workshop and Tour
Friday., Oct. 9th, 2015 | 1:30pm - 5:00PM
Join us for a workshop and walking tour of the "Queen of the Missions" founded by the Spanish Franciscans in 1786. The day will include project insights by the architect and historic consultants, a preservation demonstration by Spectra Company, hosted walking tour and cocktail reception.

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Spectra in the News!
Spectra Company has been featured in numerous media relations. For a list of recent publications please Click Here!
2015 California Preservation Foundation Design Awards

Spectra Company will receive an award at this year's California Preservation Design Awards Ceremony for the Robert Pitcairn Jr. HouseCongratulations to everyone on the team!  
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