The Masonic Temple in Glendale was underutilized for decades before this extensive historical repositioning transformed the building into a next-generation creative office. According to Caruso Affiliated’s vision, Gensler preserved the bones of the eight-story Art Deco structure while creating a timeless balance between the modern and historical.
The Masonic Temple is an adaptive reuse renovation including a complete seismic analysis and upgrade of the existing concrete encased steel and board formed concrete walls to accommodate large glazing fenestrations on the North, South and East facades. To achieve this adaptive reuse workplace, the team carved out large volumes of space within the building shell. One of the project’s challenges came from the building’s upper floors, which were intentionally cloistered and dark, its sides with small, irregularly spaced windows. Large windows were carved into three façades bringing purpose and order to the building, allowing natural light to pour in. The team opened the top two floors into a soaring 26-foot-tall workspace framed by the original 1920s wooden trusses. This architectural intervention is the key feature in the repositioning, as the double-height space mixes free-address workstations with glass conference rooms, social gathering areas, and spaces for welcoming clients.
CBRE is the lead tenant of The Masonic Temple and the company’s Workplace Strategy Group collaborated closely with Gensler in the design of the space, showcasing their Workplace360, a unique approach across CBRE offices worldwide. The design encompasses this strategy and is a 100% free-address environment with no assigned offices or work stations and spaces for both individual and collaborative work.
By working closely with city officials, the community, and the historic preservation committee, Caruso Affiliated gained all necessary approvals to restore and re-open the Temple as a commercial site, ensuring that this landmark once again serves as a prominent beacon for the city.