In the mid-1920s, a group of Hollywood luminaries arrived in San Diego to fund and promote a development of cottages and bungalows on a mesa overlooking Mission Valley. The new neighborhood was named for the three silent film star sisters who were celebrity backers of the real estate venture.
Natalie, Constance and Norma cut the ribbon stretched between the elaborate wrought iron entry gates of Talmadge before a crowd of 10,000 fans and onlookers on January 3, 1926.
In mid-2016, construction commenced on Talmadge Gateway, a 60-unit studio apartment building designed specifically to serve the needs of at-risk seniors. The project is a joint effort between non-profit corporations Wakeland Housing and St. Paul’s Senior Services.
Inspired by local Streamline Moderne structures, the building hosts lounges, meeting spaces and counseling offices.
At the request of the local community planning group, a small retail space anchors the south end of the project awaiting a street activating tenant like a coffee shop. A large second level terrace offers space for exercise, socializing and taking the breezes.
Bright, airy, sustainable and forward-thinking, this affordable housing infill development would (we think) make the sisters proud.
About Studio E Architects:
Studio E Architects is a thirteen-person collaborative led by two principals, Eric Naslund and John Sheehan. Based in San Diego, California, the firm works throughout the Southwestern United States and has built a varied body of work ranging from private residences to affordable housing, mixed-use, civic, and urban planning projects.
The firm has received numerous design awards, including three National American Institute of Architects Honor Awards. The California Council of the American Institute of Architects named Studio E one of California’s Emerging Talents in 1999. Studio E’s collaborative approach extends to its successful use of client and community workshops in the design process. The work of the office is noted for its understanding of place, its authenticity and its inventive optimism.