This project involves the adaptive reuse and expansion of the former Arteisa General Hospital into affordable Multi-family apartments. The design for Roselawn Manor seeks to honor, preserve and enhance the former hospital building.  The existing building will be nearly completely gutted and renovated.  A third story addition will be placed above the existing structure, but set back from the most architecturally significant or “primary” facades as a gesture of respect. Two new 2 story wings will be constructed behind the existing building forming a “U” plan.  Following basic historic preservation concepts, the new construction will be complimentary but distinctly different from the original architecture so that the original building can be easily distinguished. 

The existing public entry will be restored and enhanced, while the interior of the building will be modified into apartments. Apartments in the existing building will have the quality of a New York style loft apartment.  The exterior design of the additions will be finished with painted fiber cement wall panels and stucco and the aesthetics borrow from the Modern architectural tradition found in buildings of Artesia. The basic color scheme for the new additions, rust and tan is borrowed from buildings in the vicinity, while the original building will be re-stuccoed white to preserve its current appearance.  The public spaces of the building are located on each of the three levels in the original structure.  The lower level includes an entry lobby / lounge and the original coffee shop will be restored for use by the residents and a potential revenue stream for the facility.  The chapel on the second level will be restored for use as a community meeting room.  A roof deck and lounge will be provided on the third floor for resident gatherings, gardening and barbecues.


The site design strategy reinforces the project’s revitalization strategy.  A parking court will be developed behind the building, screened from public view on three sides by the building.  Carports are provided and each resident will receive a parking space on site.  The remainder of parking needs will be met with on-street parking. Since the additions are placed behind the existing building, the front yard will be preserved and enhanced.  American Elms will be planted along Roselawn & Garst Avenues, enhancing the pedestrian experience of the block.  Rainwater will be directed from roofs to pumice wick infiltration basins to store and percolate water into the trees’ root systems.  The remainder of the landscaping will feature native and drought tolerant plants.