The Eastern Columbia Lofts, built in 1930, clad in stunning turquoise terra cotta and gold leaf is a 13-story art deco tower that epitomized the height of opulence when it opened in 1930. Today, this zig zag modern landmark enshrined on Los Angeles' list of historic and cultural monuments dazzles anew - and offers buyers a timeless backdrop for urbane living.¨Spacious, sophisticated, urbane: each of Eastern Columbia's 147 light-filled loft condominiums juxtapose luxurious contemporary upgrades and classic period details.
Equal measures of elegance permeate the entry court and sky-high pool deck, leisure terrace and fitness studio. Directed by internationally acclaimed interior designer Kelly Wearstler Interior Design (kwid) and award-winning architectural firm Killefer Flammang Architects, the detailed redesign brings new polish to Eastern Columbia's faceted beauty. Moments from Downtown L.A. hotspots like Staples Center, the Arts District and Disney Hall, Eastern Columbia towers over Downtown'sHistoric Core. At the hem of the Fashion, Jewelry and South Park Districts, the Historic Core is the city's authentic commercial downtown. Regaining their poise after decades of slumber, the neighborhood's Victorian, Beaux Arts and Art Deco buildings are now home to intrepid residents, shops, restaurants and cultural magnets.
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #294
"Eastern Columbia, Broadway at Ninth" - over several decades, the city's airwaves chimed this jingle to advise Los Angeles shoppers of new arrivals and special offers at Downtown's flagship department store. For years the tallest building on the area skyline, the Eastern Columbia Outfitting Company opened on September 12, 1930. ¨Perhaps Los Angeles' finest example of the Art Deco era's zig zag moderne style, the Claude Beelman-designed tower has long captivated arts and architecture scholars. Faced in turquoise terra cotta and trimmed with deep blue and gold terra cotta, the tower's façade features sunburst patterns, geometric shapes, zigzags, chevrons and other stylized motifs. A four-sided clock tower emblazoned in neon with the name EASTERN caps its thirteen stories.
After retail operations ceased in 1957, Eastern Columbia was transformed into studio and office space for local garment businesses and arts organizations. Among the tenants: the Los Angeles Conservancy and West Coast swimwear icon Jantzen. In fact, just up until residential conversions began, a fashion runway blazed through the building's eleventh floor. From retail palace to creative workplace to timeless residence: it's a fitting evolution for Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #294. ¨The Historic Core¨Loosely outlined by 3rd Street on the north edge, 10th Street to the south, Hill to the west and Main to the east, the Historic Core was the cradle of early Los Angeles commerce and entertainment. A frequent backdrop for film sets, the area's lofty Victorian, Beaux Arts and Art Deco buildings instantly telegraph urban history and culture.
But it's at the pedestrian level that the Historic Core truly reveals its deep roots - and its rising outlook. Along Broadway, retailers vend diverse wares at Grand Central Market and the Arcade building, and vintage movie palaces host concerts and dance clubs. At 7th and Hill, five thousand precious gem and metal retailers make up the largest jewelry district outside of New York. On Spring Street, the former "Wall Street of the West" has come back to life as Gallery Row, a creative live-work haven. In the midst of it all, Biddy Mason Park features memorial art, shade, greenery and the whistles of city birds.¨Just a few blocks from the Historic Core's fringes, more burgeoning districts and attractions beckon. It's just a hop to South Park (home to Staples Center and the Convention Center) and the Civic Center (Disney Hall and MOCA); a skip to the Fashion and Wholesale Districts (where Santee Alley and the Marts reign); and a jump to Little Tokyo and the Arts District (Japanese-American Museum, Sci-Arc).
¨THE KOR GROUP ¨An innovative presence in the real estate and travel communities, the Kor Group is redefining the concept of home with its distinctive hotel and residential properties.¨Every Kor development reinterprets the modern day environment, blending the comforts of home, business necessities and leisure amenities in unique settings. Starting with Beverly Hills' Avalon Hotel in 1998, Kor Hotel Group continues to craft a rare array of boutique hotels consistently singled out for praise in such influential publications as CondéNast Traveler and Travel + Leisure.¨That success extends to Kor's residential projects. Respect for the historic character of landmark buildings and their local legacies guides Kor's redevelopment approach; insight into modern residents' desires for a luxurious yet relaxed lifestyle underscores the design process. The result: personal spaces at sought-after addresses, rich in classic and vintage elements, up-to-the-moment conveniences and inspired interior design.
Classic Period Details
Elegant Lobby Appointments, Including Fluted Paneling and Antiqued Mirrors
Resort-inspired Roof-level Leisure Terrace
Rooftop Pool, Spa, Sundeck, Outdoor Fireplace
Landscaped Ground-level Entry Courtyard with Fountain
Residential Architectural Conversion by Award-winning Firm Killefer Flammang Architects
Interior Redesign by Internationally Acclaimed Firm Kelly Wearstler Interior Design (kwid)