Brockman Lofts

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530 West 7th Street, Los Angeles

Brockman Lofts
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Historic Brockman Lofts
Building Information
Developer John Brockman
Architect George D. Barnett
Management Company Simpson Property Group LP
Number of Units 80
Number of Floors 12
Year Built 1912
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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530 West 7th Street, Los Angeles
Distance to Public Transit Metro and bus available three blocks away
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning C2-4D
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

In the early twentieth century, John Brockman commissioned the Brockman Building to be built. He hired George D. Barnett of Barnett, Haynes & Barnett to design the 12-story Classical Revival building. It was completed in 1912. The Brockman Building was the first building west of the Broadway Commercial District to reach the city's 150-foot height limit. It was built as a commercial building and it started a westward movement of the downtown commercial district.


Several department stores (including the original J.W. Robinson Co.) and office buildings were developed along Seventh Street after the Brockman Building was completed. In 1917, one of Brockman's tenants, J. J. Haggarty (1864-1935), erected the interconnected Annex building to expand his store, New York Cloak & Suit House. The Dodd & Richards architectural firm designed the Annex in the Romanesque Revival style.


In the early part of the twenty-first century, West Millennium Group made plans to convert the now-unused office building to condominiums. The project started in 2006, but by 2008 they had filed for bankruptcy. For the next several years, the building was owned by Bank of America. During that time, in 2009, it was designated a historic building on the National Register of Historic Places.


In April 2012, Denver's Simpson Housing LLC purchased the building. The renovation project started by the previous owner was completed and sales of the luxury condominiums started in 2012--one hundred years after the building was originally built.[1]


Location

Brockman Lofts are located above the popular Bottega Louie restaurant

The Brockman Lofts are situated on the corner of West 7th Street and Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles' Historic Core. The building is within walking distance of numerous restaurants, shops, and nightlife. LA Live, Staples Center and the Standard Hotel are all a short distance away and Bottega Louie, one of L.A.'s most popular restaurants, is actually located downstairs.


The Historic Core neighborhood of Los Angeles is a heavily residential neighborhood. Many of the residences, like Brockman Lofts, are lofts and condominiums created from formerly vacant historic commercial and office buildings. As mentioned above, however, there are many small shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes in the area as well.[2]


The Brockman Lofts are also within walking distance of both metro stations and bus stops.


Construction

Brockman Building circa 1917 when the Annex was under construction.

The Brockman Building is twelve stories high with a partial mezzanine and basement. The Annex is four stories high with a basement and penthouse. The buildings share a common, two-story base. Both building are built of concrete with a brick and terra cotta facade. Both original roofs were asphalt, but the conversion in 2005 installed a rooftop terrace over the Annex which required an upgrade to a IRMA roof.


Each building is C-shaped and together the pair forms a rectangle around a shared light court. The Brockman Building was built in the Classical Revival style and the Annex was built in the Romanesque Revival style, but both have restrained Beaux-Arts detailing that tie the buildings together. Beaux-Arts features include the enriched cornices and classically influenced ornamentation. Although the buildings were renovated in 2005 in order to convert the interior space to lofts, the exterior still maintains the original facades of the building.


The unified base on the Brockman Building and the Annex is made of concrete panels painted to look like terra cotta. The panels are organized by a colonnade with granite base alternated by glass storefronts. The second story continues the theme of alternating windows with wall pillars. The main shaft of the Brockman Building (third to tenth floors) has a facade of dark brown brick with ivory terra cotta accents. The top two floors form the capital and are covered in ivory terra cotta with blue and gold accents. At the top of the capital is a copper cornice. At the center of the Grand Avenue side, there is a metal fire escape with stylized Roman grille patterns.The Annex shaft and capital are covered in ivory terra cotta with supported by wall pillars. There are two penthouses at the center and rear of the Annex.[3]


Layout and Features

The Brockman Lofts combine the building's 100-year-old heritage with all the modern conveniences of today. The units have huge windows, exposed brick accent walls, and high ceilings all in keeping with the age of the building. However, the apartments also feature upgraded lighting and plumbing fixtures, GE Monogram appliances, granite or marble in the baths and kitchens, deep soaking tubs, washers and dryers in each apartment, and dual pane windows to keep the noise of the traffic outside. The penthouse suites also offer private rooftop terraces.[4]


Floor Plans

Brockman Lofts have over 20 floor plans available from 802 to 2,279 square feet. Here are a few samples:

Amenities

Building amenities include:

  • fitness lounge
  • hot and cold plunge pools
  • roof top lounge with outdoor kitchen
  • onsite garage parking
  • emergency maintenance 24/7
  • concierge and doorman
  • smoke-free building


Bylaws

Brockman Lofts Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • This building allows pets
  • The building allows rentals
  • No restrictions on age are placed on residents
  • Communal rooftop terrace is available for barbecues


Sustainability

Brockman Lofts is a historic 1912 building and was therefore not designed as a green building. The renovation completed in 2012, however, did include features such as some energy-efficient appliances in the units. There are also several green areas in the building: the private penthouse terraces and the communal rooftop terrace.


Residents can further shrink their carbon footprint by taking public transportation or looking into carpooling options. The building's proximity to all restaurants, bars, markets, and cafes also always residents to chose walking when seeking out these amenities.


Trivia

Detailed ornamentation on the exterior of Brockman Lofts
  • Despite claims to the contrary, the building shown in the 1923 film Safety Last! was not the Brockman Building. The actual building seen in the film is the International Savings & Exchange Bank Building. The roof of the Brockman Building was used for the filming of Safety Last!, but the building itself is not seen in the movie.[5]
  • In July 2012, Haute Living featured Brockman Lofts as the number one most desirable place to live in LA.[6]
  • The ornamentation on the Brockman lofts contains examples of Christian imagery such as terra cotta scallop shells (an allegory for Christian pilgrims) and palms in the cornice (a symbol of eternal peace).[7]

References

  1. National Registry of Historic Places
  2. Downtown LA
  3. National Registry of Historic Places
  4. Simpsons Property Group: Brockman Lofts
  5. Internet Movie Database
  6. Haute Living
  7. National Registry of Historic Places

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