Laura Janssen

Senior Architectural Historian


MS, Historic Preservation, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; BA, Art History, University of California, Los Angeles

Work Experience/History

Historic Resources Group (since 2003); Los Angeles Conservancy; National Park Service

Areas of Focus

Historic Structure Reports, Historic Tax Credits, Landmark Nominations, Mills Act Applications, Construction Monitoring, Building Conservation, Historic Resource Surveys, CEQA Cultural Resources Reports

Selected Awards and Honors

Ennis House, California Preservation Foundation Award, Los Angeles Conservancy Award, 2008; Pasadena City Hall, National Trust for Historic Preservation National Honor Award, California Preservation Foundation Award, Los Angeles Conservancy Award, 2008; Sacramento Memorial Auditorium Historic Structure Report, California Preservation Foundation Award, 2007

Favorite Project at HRG

Shangri-La HSR. The stars aligned to bring a capable group of consultants together to create a useful planning document for a very appreciative and gracious client. The beautiful oceanfront setting on the Hawaiian island of Oahu in the shadow of Diamondhead is the site of this very unique property. Built in 1937, Shangri-La was the Honolulu home of American philanthropist Doris Duke and houses her impressive collection of Islamic art. Being able to spend time in such a magical place with such a wonderful group of people… what's not to like!

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