An office developer has finally submitted plans to Newport Beach officials for an addition to an historic building designed by famed architect Richard Neutra.
Preservationists succeeded in preventing the demolition of the Mariner's Medical Arts Building two years ago, and its developer submitted new plans late last month. They would add about 13,000 square feet of office space to the back of one of the structures built in 1963, without destroying the mid-century modern complex.
But activists aren't satisfied.
"Anything being built back there, in my opinion, would ruin the whole spatial quality of the project," said John Linnert, a Costa Mesa architect who spearheaded the campaign to save the complex. "He was a master of designing and composing the materials, but he was also a master of designing and composing the voids."
Built in 1963, the building is tucked into a stretch of commercial properties — at 1901 Westcliff Drive.