Cornell Lofts

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746 South Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA

Cornell Lofts

Cornell Lofts (middle building above) are located in a converted historic building.
Building Information
Developer Michael J. Connell
Architect Frank Stiff
Management Company Action Property Management
Number of Units 95
Number of Floors 11
Year Built 1916
Construction Method Concrete
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746 South Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA
Distance to Public Transit Nearly 50 bus and rail options nearby
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning M2-2D
Title of Land Condominium



Michael J. Connell was born in Ireland in 1854. He immigrated to the USA as a young man and became successful in several different ventures. At the turn of the twentieth century, he moved to Los Angeles and built the first garment and textile manufacturing buildings, effectively starting the Fashion District.

Connell build his first garment and textile buildings in 1911. He continued to build throughout the decade and in 1916 he hired architect Frank Stiff to design several properties, including the building that is now Cornell Lofts. In 1958, the building was upgraded. In 2001, because of their rich history, the Cornell Lofts building along with its neighbors the Eckardt building and the Santee Court building were designated Los Angeles historic monuments.

At some point in the mid twentieth century, the Cornell building and its neighbors were bought by businessman Arthur Gerry. He in turn sold the buildings to MJW Investments in 1998. MJW had also acquired four other buildings in the area and all the buildings were converted to lofts. The first lofts began selling in 2004.[1]

In 2008, MJW defaulted on a construction loan and the Cornell, Eckhardt and Santee Court buildings ended up in the hands of the Bank of America. In 2010, the investment team of Kennedy Wilson and RECP/Urban Partners bought the unsold units, finished the work that needed to be done, and put the units back on market.[2]


Store fronts in the Santee Village complex

Cornell Lofts is located between East Seventh and East Eighth Street on South Los Angeles Street and is one of the seven buildings in the Santee Village loft complex. Santee Village is a self-contained community within Los Angeles' Fashion district. Santee Village has it's own grocery store, pool, basketball court, and various other amenities.

The LA Fashion District spans about 100 blocks and it is the center of the textile industry on the West Coast of the United States. It isn't just about clothing, however. The Fashion District has good access to all amenities including apparel, textiles, restaurants, grocery stores, and apartment buildings.[3]

The metro bus/rail system and DASH bus lines throughout Downtown Los Angles make traveling via public transportation easy and convenient. There are around fifty bus and metro stops within a few blocks of Textile Building Lofts.[4]


The Cornell building was built in 1916 by architect Frank Stiff. This is one of several buildings he built in the area for developer Michael J. Connell. In 1958, the exterior was renovated.

The building is eleven stories and built with a heavy concrete frame. The exterior facade is dominated by the series of large windows on each floor and the external fire escape up the center of the building. The blue mosaic facade adds a distinctive finishing touch. The bottom two stories are used as commercial space while the top floors are residential.[5]

Layout and Features

The Cornell Lofts offer many desirable historic features in each unit, such as high ceilings and over sized industrial windows. They also include the best modern upgrades such a Bosch kitchen appliances and six-foot bathtubs. Select apartments also come with private balconies.[6]

Unit features include:

  • Ten to fourteen foot vaulted ceilings
  • Heavy duty polished concrete floors
  • Architectural concrete columns in all units
  • Over sized historic industrial windows
  • Mountain, city and skyline views, per plan
  • Italian-style kitchen and bath cabinetry
  • Granite kitchen counter tops
  • Stainless steel Bosch appliances
  • Deep stainless steel sinks
  • Six-foot bathtubs
  • Private balconies (select lofts)
  • Energy efficient heating & air conditioning
  • DSL, DirecTV and Comcast ready
  • Washer/dryer hook-ups

Floor Plans

The units at Cornell Lofts range in size from about 700-square-foot studios to 2-bedroom lofts to penthouses at 2,000 square feet.


Cornell Lofts are part of the Santee Village complex, which shares amenities. These amenities include:

  • Rooftop swimming pool
  • Spa & sauna
  • Basketball court
  • Dog park
  • Golf driving range
  • Barbecue areas
  • Landscaped courtyard & fountain area
  • Conference room
  • Fitness center
  • Market and food court
  • Pharmacy
  • 24-hour security & courtesy patrol
  • Controlled access & covered garage parking


Cornell Lofts Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • Pets are allowed in this building.
  • Some rentals are allowed.
  • There is no age restrictions in Cornell Lofts.
  • There are communal barbecue areas available.


The Cornell building is a 1916 historic structure and therefore was not designed as a green building.

However when the building was converted to lofts in 2004, some energy efficient appliances and energy efficient heating and air-conditioning were included in the units.

Proximity to public transit, bike lanes, shops, restaurants, and cafes also allows residents shrink their carbon footprint through biking, walking, or taking public transportation. [7]


Michael J. Connell
  • Because it is a historic landmark, Cornell Lofts qualifies for Mills Act property tax exemptions.
  • Parts of the 2008 movie Parasomnia were filmed at Santee Village.[8]
  • Michael J. Connell, the developer of the Cornell building, started the Michael J. Connell Foundation in 1931. The foundation still supports cultural, educational, environmental and medical endeavors, primarily in the Los Angeles area.[9]


  1. Santee Village: Cornell Lofts
  2. LA Downtown News: Santee Village
  3. LA Fashion District
  4. Walk Score
  5. Cornell Lofts
  6. Downtown LA listings
  7. Walk Score
  8. LA Loft Living
  9. Michael J Connell Foundation

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