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Pacific Palisades is considered one of the Vancouver’s iconic landmarks—a highly regarded example of West Coast Modern design. When it finally closed its doors to hotel guests in 2010, new owner Austeville Properties Ltd. embarked on a two-year renovation to transform the towers from tired has-been to stylish rental complex that pays homage to its international modernist roots.
Pacific Palisades in the 1960s.
Built in the 50s “International Style” by legendary developer Mel Zajac, Pacific Palisades was originally a four-building complex. The office building and one tower came down in the mid-90s. The remaining two towers became the Pacific Palisades Hotel, a favourite haunt of celebs like Johnny Depp, Sharon Stone, Tom Selleck and Martin Sheen during the ‘90s.
Take a look at the transformation below:
BEFORE: Pacific Palisades in Spring 2010. Note the ugly façade and tacky paint job.
AFTER: PaPa in Fall 2012. Note the return of the buildings’ original clean lines and refreshing colour palette.
The façade, a relic from the 80s, was stripped to reveal the glorious arched entryways of the original towers.
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