We were excited to be part of the revitalized nightlife scene in Hollywood with the opening of The Lexington Social House. Whipple Russell Architects’ year long construction effort was revealed along with Thomas Shoos’ interior design; a cool interpretation of Parisian Moderne. The mix of structures that now make up the Lexington Social House include the original restaurant built at the height of old Hollywood glam -1933, with a nightclub added in 1935. A narrow alley separated the original two buildings until 1951, when the alley was filled in. This area is now part of Lexington’s dining space. Another side ally was filled in circa 1975 for yet another iteration. The original buildings were constructed of two layers of 15” thick un-reinforced brick, that had to be made earthquake safe. A huge (now invisible) steel beam was installed to stabilize the old walls while also allowing for doorways and open space. Some of the old brick was sandblasted for added texture. Another hurdle was getting the very large bar into the patio-lounge area; which also holds four large trees, gas heaters, and a 10ft long fire pit.