The Lariat

The Lariat was originally built in the late 1950s as a motel, and was renovated and permitted as legal apartments in 2003. Unfortunately, the development has never lost the feel of being a motel for transient households. The redesign has provided residents with a strong sense of individual identity and ownership of their own home, while connecting neighbors through supported community interaction. The scope of work included an evaluation and rehabilitation of the existing site, building envelope, interiors, mechanical and electrical systems. Given the extensive rehabilitation required for the apartment complex, and the low density of the project compared with the site, 15 additional units were constructed in 4 additional buildings. Three-story buildings located adjacent to the commercial district contribute to the urban fabric and create architectural vitality. Bringing the new buildings closer to the sidewalk has created a more vibrant interaction between the public realm and the more private residential realm of the neighborhood.