Happy Holidays from Historic Resources Group!


To all of you from all of us at HRG, we wish you a warm, wonderful holiday season filled with friends and family, happy moments, observing old traditions, and building new ones.

This holiday season, we are grateful to be celebrating 30 years in business, working with clients old and new, and all we’ve accomplished together.

Cheers to continued friendships, collaboration, and success in 2020!

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Historic Resources Group Celebrates 30 Years of Preservation Practice

As Historic Resources Group enters its 30th year, we look forward to providing historic preservation services and continued collaboration with our clients and colleagues for many years to come. View our 30th Anniversary slideshow.


Historic Resources Group changes leadership without changing at all.

Christine Lazzaretto
Managing Principal

Paul Travis, AICP
Managing Principal

Andrea Humberger
Business Operations Principal

Peyton Hall, FAIA
Principal Architect

John LoCascio, AIA

Kari Michele Fowler
Senior Preservation Planner

Laura Janssen
Senior Architectural Historian

Heather Goers
Architectural Historian

Robby Aranguren
Planning Associate/GIS Specialist

Molly Iker-Johnson
Associate Architectural Historian

Holly Kane
Development Manager/Associate Historian

Christy Johnson McAvoy
Founding Principal


Cast Your Vote – Help Save the Formosa Café!

West Hollywood’s Formosa Café is one of twenty-five projects on historic Main Streets across the country competing in the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets Program. This program provides funding for rehabilitation work, determined by popular vote, with the online voting portal hosted by National Geographic. The beloved Formosa Café, which opened in 1925 on Route 66, will be rehabilitated if funding is received, preserving an icon for future generations. Located across the street from a major movie studio, the Formosa was a favorite of numerous celebrities, as well as mobsters. Threatened by development pressures, places like the Formosa Cafe are exceedingly rare today. This project will help its owners keep the building alive. Log on and cast your vote daily between now and October 31, to help the Formosa, shuttered since December, win much-needed funding!

Photo credit: Formosa Café by Sue Hwang.


Historic Angels Flight Railway Back in Business

Los Angeles’s beloved 1901 Angels Flight funicular is once again ferrying passengers up and down Bunker Hill. Mayor Eric Garcetti and civic leaders celebrated by taking the first ride. Originally located beside the Third Street tunnel, Angels Flight was dismantled and went into storage in 1969, finally reopening in its present location in 1996. During the 1995-96 restoration process, HRG provided treatment recommendations and assisted with maintaining authenticity in materials and finishes. As part of the recent repairs and rehabilitation, HRG worked with the new operator, ACS Infrastructure Development, Inc., and KC Restoration to provide specific treatment recommendations and historic paint analysis. HRG’s recent work on the project provided for a reunion with John Behnke and John Welborne who continue to play a large part in the ongoing restoration and operation of Angels Flight.

Large image: Angels Flight on a test run in August 2017.
Small image: Historic paint analysis matching for Angels Flight performed by HRG, 2017.