The Singer Building - a historic Beaux Arts structure in Downtown Los Angeles - is being revived as live/work lofts with ground-floor retail.
Built in 1922 at 808 South Broadway, the eight-story edifice was designed and built in 1922 by Meyer and Holler's Milwaukee Bradley Building Company, best known as the designers of Grauman's Chinese Theatre. It was long occupied by the Southern California Music Company, which used the building as sales space and hosted concerts in an auditorium located on the building's top floor.
Owner ANJAC Fashion has brought on Downtown-based architecture firm Omgivning to design the project, which will turn each of the Singer Building's seven upper floors into live/work lofts. All units will feature operable floor-to-ceiling folding windows that open onto new patios. Its penthouse unit will feature a double-height sloped ceiling retained from the original auditorium.
Omgivning is restoring the building's front facade to its original date - with some modern touches - in accordance with the Broadway Design Guidelines. Plans also call for the addition of rooftop amenity space to the property.
The Singer Building's ground-floor is expected to be ready for occupancy in late 2019, with apparel retailer Vans reportedly signed to establish a flagship store within the space. A timeline for the remainder of the building's construction has not been announced.
The property sits next-door to the Tower Theatre - soon to be occupied by a new Apple store - and the Rialto Theatre - now home to an Urban Outfitters.
- Historic Core Archive (Urbanize LA)