Eckardt Lofts

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738 South Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles

Eckardt Lofts

Eckardt Lofts is located in a converted historic building.
Building Information
Developer Michael J. Connell
Architect Hugo Eckhardt and G.W. Harding
Management Company Action Property Management
Number of Units 48
Number of Floors 8
Year Built 1913
Construction Method Concrete
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738 South Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles
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 was very successful in many different ventures. At the turn of the twentieth century, he moved to Los Angeles and built the first garment and textile manufacturing buildings. His buildings were the beginning of the Los Angeles Fashion District.

Connell began to build in 1911 and continued throughout that decade. In 1913 he hired architects Hugo Eckhardt and G.W. Harding to design several properties, including the building that is now Eckardt Lofts. In 1958, the building was upgraded. In 2001, because of their rich history, the Eckardt Lofts building, along with its neighbors the Cornell building and the Santee Court building, was designated a Los Angeles historic monument.

At some point in the mid twentieth century, Eckardt Lofts and its neighbors were bought by 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 three buildings including Eckardt Lofts 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]


Eckardt 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]


Private balconies

Cornell Lofts was built in 1916 by architect Hugo Eckhardt and G.W. Harding. This is one of several buildings built in the area by 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 level and the external fire escape up the center of the building. The red-colored 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 Eckhardt Lofts offer many desirable historic features such as high ceilings and oversized industrial windows. They also includes 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 Eckhardt Lofts range in size from about 700-square-foot open floor plans to a 2,000-square-foot penthouse.


Cornell Lofts are part of the Santee Village complex, which share 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


Eckardt 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 the building.
  • There are communal barbecue areas available.


The Eckardt building is a 1913 historic building 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: Eckhardt Lofts
  2. LA Downtown News: Santee Village
  3. LA Fashion District
  4. Walk Score
  5. Santee Village: Eckhardt Lofts
  6. Downtown LA listings
  7. Walk Score
  8. LA Loft Living
  9. Michael J Connell Foundation

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