The renovation of a historic Desmond's building continues to make progress in Downtown Los Angeles.
The six-story edifice, located at 612-616 S. Broadway in the Historic Core, is being transformed by Afton Properties into approximately 85,000 square feet of rentable space. The project, budgeted at $12-million according to the Los Angeles Times, involves both the restoration of the 1920s low-rise structure and the addition of seventh and eighth floors featuring a bar and a restaurant.
Downtown-based architecture Omgivning, which specializes in historic restoration, is designing the project. They will build off of an original design by A.C. Martin, which is highlighted by ornate terra cotta facade.
The Desmond's on Broadway was the eighth in a chain of clothing stores which was founded nearly Olvera Street in 1862 before going out of business in 1981, reports the Times.
Another Desmond's building, located on the Miracle Mile, also serves as office space today.
Afton Properties' project follows a slew of similar restorations along the Broadway corridor, including an adjacent building which now operates as a flagship store for the Jordan brand.
A block away at 510 S. Broadway, the 114-year-old Pettebone Building reopened in 2018 as 45,000 square feet of office space. The five-story structure was purchased earlier this year to serve as the new headquarters of gaming company NHN Global.
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