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SEASONS at the Hoover
 



 

 

 

 

 

Historic Rehab

The Hoover Hotel, named after U. S. First Lady Lou Henry Hoover of California, was built in 1929 as the premiere social center of Whittier, California, boasting 100 guest rooms, a ballroom, and stunning architectural detail. By mid-century, Whittier was enveloped in suburban Los Angeles sprawl and the newer trend toward large shopping malls left once-popular business districts like Uptown Whittier with few customers. The 1987 Whittier Narrows Earthquake dealt a final blow to this neighborhood, leaving The Hoover Hotel in slum conditions.

The City of Whittier led a major redevelopment effort for the historic Uptown Whittier district in the 1990s, and LINC partnered with a private developer to undertake complete rehabilitation of the aging hotel for creation of much needed apartments for limited-income seniors. The firm of Killefer, Flammang, Purtill Architects was retained to restore interior and exterior historic elements where they still existed and create new design for portions which were either beyond repair or changed by intervening owners. Wrought iron trellises and decorative terra cotta tiles were painstakingly restored on the ground floor. The grand ballroom that had long since been replaced by a seedy bar was transformed into a stunning combination of community rooms, computer center, kitchen, and manager’s office. The upper floors were fully rebuilt as 50 apartments with new walls, utilities, and senior-friendly safety features. This historic structure reopened its doors as SEASONS at the Hoover in 2001 as home to active seniors and capped off the successful rejuvenation of Uptown Whittier with busy restaurants, stores, movie theatre, and full-time residents.

Our vision for this site has garnered special recognition and awards from the National Council on Senior Housing (NCOSH), Seniors’ Housing Council of the Building Industry Association of Southern California, the County of Los Angeles, City of Whittier and the Whittier Chamber of Commerce. SEASONS at the Hoover was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.