Broadway

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1645 Vine Street, Los Angeles

Broadway
Broadway-LA-Exterior.jpg

The outside of Broadway, on 1645 Vine Street
Building Information
Developer KOR Group
Architect Frederick Dorn
Management Company Action Property Management
Number of Units 96
Number of Floors 10
Year Built 1927
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1645 Vine Street, Los Angeles
Distance to Public Transit Buses and Metro Red Line station nearby
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning [Q]C4-2D-SN
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

The building known today as Broadway began its life in 1927 as the B.H. Dyas Specialty Emporium, a department store serving as one of the first of its kind of Los Angeles. Soon after, its changed its target clientele to the rich and famous, to the point where part of the building's top floor had to serve as a play area for the children of the socialite shoppers, who needed time and space to make their purchases.

Eventually, Broadway ceased being a retail outlet and entered a quieter era, serving as a base for various radio stations and offices. Eventually, however, the decision was made to redevelop the building, and turn it into the luxury condominium it is today. With 10 floors and 96 units, coupled with a prime location in a good neighborhood, there is no doubt that Broadway has still kept the upscale reputation that it had made for itself all those years ago.[1]

Location

Grauman's Chinese Theater

Located on the legendary Vine Street, the place where Broadway stands today is very much a study in duality; it represents what Hollywood once was, and what it still could be in years to come. While there was a period of time where the area had been neglected by many, a myriad of redevelopment projects has revitalized the region and once again made it a desirable neighborhood to live in.[2]

Saying that there are a wealth of attractions close to Broadway is an understatement. Even discounting the many upscale shops and boutiques nearby, there are a number of historic Hollywood landmarks as well. For instance, three blocks of the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame lie on Vine Street, with luminaries like John Lennon adorning the pavement.[3] Other points of interest include the Capitol Records Tower and TCL Chinese Theater, known formerly as Grauman's Chinese Theater.

Accessibility-wise, there are a myriad of ways to get around. There is a Metro Red Line station serving Vine Street, and there are also bus stops nearby. Many of the local attractions are within walking distance as well.

Construction

A picture from a kitchen area

A blend of 1920's design and modern conveniences, Broadway is very much a byproduct of two eras. Designed by Frederick Dorn, the exterior of the structure still bears many of the Renaissance inspired architecture that was present in its days as a department store, like a facade decorated with cornices and terra cotta pilasters. In addition, Corinthian style pillars stand near the top floors.[4]

The interior, of course, naturally went through many more changes, with the shifts from department store to office building to condominium. With that said, the building is fitted with amenities necessary for today's busy lifestyle, such as marble flooring, and a custom lighting setup. Also of interest is the large neon 'The Broadway Hollywood' sign, still adorning the top of the building even today.

Layout and Features

The units in Broadway range from 931 square feet to over 2000 square feet, with some of the residences on the upper floors being multilevel duplex units. The units themselves come standard with stainless steel appliances, stone counter tops, high ceilings, and large windows. Certain units also come equipped with balconies and fireplaces.[5]

Additional building features include an expansive rooftop deck, lounging cabanas, and ground floor retail.

Floor Plans

Below are a selection of floor plans from Broadway:

Amenities

Broadway has a wide variety of amenities, such as:

  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Fitness center
  • Rooftop deck
  • Valet parking
  • Concierge
  • Secured parking

Bylaws

Broadway Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • Rentals are permitted
  • Broadway allows pets
  • There is no age restriction in place
  • Barbecues are allowed, but not near the spa/pool area

Sustainability

As one might expect from a building constructed in the 1920's, Broadway was not designed with sustainability in mind. Of course, with the proximity of buses and the Metro Red Line, residents can at least cut down on the use of motor vehicles without too much hassle. In addition, there are many services within walking distance.

Trivia

A picture of Broadway from times past
  • Howard Hughes was rumored to have an apartment on the top floor
  • As a protected historic property under the Mills Act, property owners pay significantly less sales tax[6]
  • Was featured in the Charlie Chaplin movie Modern Times, along with other films
  • Supposedly the first department store to sell women's slacks

References

  1. Broadway's History
  2. Neighborhood section on official site
  3. Vine Street on Wikipedia
  4. Details about the building on the sales website
  5. Loft Features
  6. Mills Act info

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