Churchill

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10450 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

Churchill
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The Churchill on Wilshire
Building Information
Developer ADCO Group
Architect William Lescaze
Number of Units 110
Number of Floors 13
Year Built 1961
Construction Method Steel
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10450 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning LAR5
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

The Churchill


The Churchill, constructed in 1961, was one of the first skyscrapers built on the Wilshire Corridor. The 13 story landmark building offers 110 units ranging from one, two, and three bedroom floor plans from 1000 to over 2100 square feet. The Churchill has been updated and renovated with elegant amenities that residents have come to expect with a home on Wilshire Boulevard.

The units at the Churchill offer extravagant views from the wall to wall and floor to ceiling windows allowing for an abundance of natural light and spellbinding views of the city and the local area. Large balconies are perfect for enjoying a morning coffee or light lunch as residents watch the busy city below. Amenities include valet parking, concierge, banquet room, exercise room and swimming pool.[1]

The Wilshire Corridor is located in the heart of Westwood and is the home of some of the most exclusive condominium buildings in the country. Westwood is bordered to the north by Beverly Crest, to the east by Beverly Hills, to the southeast by Century City, on the south side by West Los Angeles, on the west by Veterans Administration and Brentwood and on the northwest by Bel-Air. Westwood was developed on the lands of the historic 'Wolfskill Ranch', a 3,000-acre (12 square kilometre) parcel of land that was purchased by Arthur Letts, the successful founder of the Broadway, and Bullock's department stores, in 1919. Upon Arthur Lett's death, his son-in-law, Harold Janss, vice president of the Janss Investment Company, inherited the land and developed the area and started advertising for new homes in 1922.



Location

The Churchill is one of the original high rises built on the Wilshire Corridor (also known as the Millionaire's Mile or the Golden Mile) in Westwood, Los Angeles. It is located on Wilshire Boulevard on the block between Holmby Avenue and Warner Avenue. There are approximately 200 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Westwood and area residents can walk to an average of 3 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.[2] Westwood has good public transportation with about 10 bus lines passing through it.

Royce Hall at UCLA
Westwood Village is probably best known as Bruin Country with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) perched at the north end of the village. However the area, with a mix of apartments, single family homes, mid-rise condos and high rise condos, isn't only a home to college students. Westwood Village, like many city centers has gone through a revitalization.

The village was decaying in the late 1980s, only to undergo a revival and reverse the trend more recently. These days, Westwood Village probably houses more large chain retailers than smaller independent shops, but the presence of three grocery stores (Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and Ralphs), four movie theaters (including the iconic Fox Theaters, where many Red Carpet events are held) make Westwood Village, which is a very small and densely populated area a very livable community.

Various hotels, including the W are also located here. Outside of restaurants and shopping, the Armand Hammer museum in the south end of the village and the UCLA Fowler museum to the north provide a splash of culture to the neighborhood while the Geffen Playhouse and Royce Hall also satisfies those with an appreciation for live theater.


Construction

As a leader in condominium construction and conversion, ADCO Group built the Churchill in West Los Angeles' Wilshire Corridor in 1961. It was designed by William Lescaze, architect, of New York. The Churchill is L-shaped in plan, enclosing two sides of a large open courtyard southwest of the building. Planting beds and tree boxes were carefully coordinated with the engineering structure. Tile is used in three soft colors in a freely curved pattern which is closely integrated with the form of raised planters, pool and pool deck.

Garrett Eckbo, the landscape architect for the building said of the landscaping "Planting avoids the standard exuberant tropical character compound of exaggerated textures and contrasts, large floppy leaves which diminish the scale of the area, startling and restless combinations of form and plants which develop little or no structural quality. This is a more subtle and restrained planting scheme which relies a good deal on flowering shrubs and trees. The entire coordinated pattern of this courtyard development functions in two ways: (a) as space to enter and use at its own level; (b) as a pattern viewed from all of the floors above."

Built originally as an apartment complex, The Churchill was converted into a condominium association in 1976. The building is constructed of a series of horizontal concrete slabs attached to and supported by a rectangular structure of steel girders and beams. The ceiling of each unit is actually a "drop ceiling" below the next concrete slab. Above the "drop ceiling" and between it and the concrete slab above is an area referred to as the "plenum."

The various pipes, conduits and ducts needed to serve each unit run up and down central shafts in the building, then branch out sideways through this "plenum" area, and then go up into each unit through slab penetrations (i.e. hole) made in the concrete slab during the building's original construction.[3]

Layout and Features

Having been built in 1961, the Churchill is now over 50 years old. Most kitchens have been updated and may include granite countertops, tile floors, and stainless steel appliances. Master bedrooms may enjoy custom built-ins with lots of space and ample storage.

Homeowner dues range from $750/month to $1,550 per month. Apartments are relatively spacious compared to more contemporary buildings that seek to maximize return on investment by cramming as many units into them as possible.

Floor Plans

The Churchill offers 110 units ranging from one, two, and three bedroom floor plans from 1000 to over 2100 square feet.

Floor plans for The Churchill are not publicly available. See references below for video walkthroughs of the building and some units. [4][5][6]

Amenities

Amenities at The Churchill include a gym/fitness room, storage area, gated parking, guest parking, meeting room, on site property management, sauna, security and concierge.

Bylaws

Churchill Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


Typical LA residents will be at ease as pets are allowed, which includes small purse dogs that are a required accessory in the area.

There are no age restrictions for residents of the building and rentals are allowed.

Sustainability

Fifty years ago when The Churchill was built there was little thought given to sustainability and being eco minded. Thus it is up to residents to make their own "green" lifestyle changes. Some might include:

  • Ways to save energy with electrical appliances: Buy a power bar with an on-off switch to kill the power on multiple appliances with one switch; don't bother with stand-by mode on your electronics, it still sucks power until you hit the switch and look for Energy Star-rated appliances when you’re in the market for a new electronic or appliance.
  • Saving money with car-sharing. The green benefits can be nice and asome individuals save $300 to $400 a month on fuel, parking and insurance. Driving is one of the single biggest polluting acts a person can undertake. Yet, three quarters of people surveyed admit to getting behind the wheel even when another form of transportation is readily available.
  • In addition to cars there are bike share programs, bolstered public transit, and the growing popularity of scooters and e-bikes can help replace even just a few road trips with sustainable transportation.[7]
  • Reduce your water consumption. Older toilet models can use as much as 20 liters per flush, approximately the size of a water cooler jug! Get rid of that that water waster and replace it with a new and improved model (some of which only flush close to half a liter of water). That soothing shower streams 15 to 20 liters a minute straight down the drain. A low-flow shower-head halves that amount with no noticeable difference in water pressure. Some models come with an easy shut-off button for sudsing.

Trivia

Janns Investment Company Building
  • The Bruin Theatre, opened in 1937 with 670 seats, is a famously recognizable theater in the Westwood areas that has seen many a movie premiere with its signature wraparound marquis. The Regency Theatres took over its lease in 2009.[8]
  • The Playboy Mansion, home of founder Hugh Hefner, is located in nearby Holmby Hills.
  • Some landmark buildings still remain from the early years of Westwood Village including the first building erected in the village, the Janss Investment Company Building (Janss Dome) with its aqua and white zig-zag patterned dome and gold leafing.


References

  1. Top LA Condos
  2. Walkscore
  3. Davis-Stirling
  4. youtube
  5. Youtube
  6. Youtube
  7. Canadian Living
  8. Los Angeles About.com


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