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Women's Center Recognized with National Preservation Award

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, October 20, 2011, at 12:46PM
Downtown Women's Center Randall Michelson/rmpix.com

The Downtown Women's Center moved into its renovated home at 442 S. San Pedro in December of last year.

The new home of the Downtown Women's Center will be one of 23 projects honored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation this evening at its annual conference.

The organization moved into its new home last December, converting the former shoe factory built in 1926 into 71 units of affordable housing for women.

The facility is one of 13 projects given the group's 2011 National Preservation Honor Award.

“While each is unique, this year’s outstanding Honor Award winners all reflect the importance of protecting what is special and irreplaceable,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the Trust.

Along with facilities for residents and other women in need, the building at 442 S. San Pedro is also home to Made By DWC, a cafe and gift shop that supports the Women's Center and features goods made by residents.

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