Library Court Lofts

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630 West 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA

Library Court Lofts
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Library Court Lofts
Building Information
Developer Lincoln Savings
Architect Eddy and Deasy Architects
Number of Units 91
Number of Floors 6
Year Built 1955
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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630 West 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA
Distance to Public Transit less than 100 feet
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning C2-4D
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

In 1955, Lincoln Savings and Loans bought the property at 630 West Sixth Street. They hired Eddy and Deasy Architects to construct a building on the property for their headquarters. The building was used by Lincoln Savings until the company went bankrupt in 1989. In the mid-1960s, the University Club leased a few floors of the building leading some sources to refer to the building as the University Club.


In the 1990s, a New York company bought the building and planned to convert it into to a telecommunications center. The company started renovations, completely gutted the building, and destroyed many of the 1955 features as well as newer features such as the rooftop pool. The renovations were never completed.


In 2004, the Greystone Group bought the property. They hired historic preservationist Brenda Levin and invested $20 million to convert the building to what is know known as Library Court Lofts. Brenda Levin paid particular attention to the historic details while still making significant changes, such as removing the center of the building to allow space for a Zen-style garden.[1]



Location

Street outside Library Court Lofts

The Library Court Lofts building is located on the corner of Sixth and Hope Streets, in the Financial District in downtown Los Angeles. The Financial District is known for its upscale skyscrapers and numerous corporate headquarters. It is a convenient live/work neighborhood.


The Library Court Lofts building is within walking distance of numerous shops, restaurants, cafes, schools, and other amenities. Several restaurants, including Subway, Mitaki Sushi, Loose Leaf Custom Made Salad, and Wolfgang Puck La Bistro, are located on the ground floor of the building. Popular nearby locations include the Los Angeles Public Library, Staples Center, LA Live!, Macy's, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles Convention Center, 7th Street/Flower Station, Ralph's, and Standard Hotel.


Library Court Lofts are well connected with public transportation. There are nearly fifty bus and metro stops nearby. There is also easy access to freeways.[2]

Construction

The Library Court Lofts building was built in 1955 by Eddy and Deasy Architects as a three story office building. At some point in the next thirty years, two additional levels were added, bringing the concrete building up to five stories. In the 1990s the building was completely gutted and was supposed to be renovated. The work, however, was never completed.


In 2004, Greystone Group bought the partly-deconstructed building and invested $20 million to convert it to condominiums. Greystone hired architect Brenda Levin who stripped the partly-deconstructed building down to its shell, but made sure to keep the marble facade and the overall character of its 1950s style. She removed the core of the building to build a central open-air courtyard, added a sixth story with a roof deck and lounge area, and included space for amenities such as a business center and gym.[3]

Layout and Features

The Library Court Lofts building capitalizes on the historical nature of the building without compromising on modern amenities. The interior design is simple and elegant. The apartments feature floor to ceiling windows and hardwood floors from the original 1955 building combined with new stainless steel appliances and top-end bathroom fixtures.[4]


Unit features include:

  • Floor to ceiling windows
  • Hardwood floors
  • Granite counter tops
  • Washer and dryer
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Split level (select units)
  • Private patio (select units)


Floor Plans

Library Court Lofts have 91 different units. There are five studio apartments and five two-story townhouses on the bottom floor. The one-bedroom and two-bedroom condos on the other floors are between 570 to 1,185 square feet.[5]


Amenities

Building amenities include:

  • Playroom
  • Fitness center
  • 24-hour study
  • Courtyard
  • Business center
  • Rooftop Library Lounge
  • Rooftop sundeck
  • Gated subterranean parking


Bylaws

Library Court Lofts Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • Pets are allowed in this building.
  • Rentals are allowed.
  • There is no age restriction.
  • There is communal deck space available for barbecues as well as private patios with some units.

Sustainability

The Library Court Lofts building was built in the 1950s and was therefore not designed as a green building. However, during the conversion, many green areas, most noticeably, the Zen-style courtyard, were created. The conversion also saw some energy efficient appliances and windows installed in the units.


Residents seeking to shrink their carbon footprint can do so by taking public transportation, which is easily accessible with nearly 50 bus and rail options nearby. The building is also within walking distance of restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, and other amenities.[6]

Trivia

Lincoln Savings was the original owner of the Library Court Lofts building
  • In 1998, the body of 38 year old Paula Vance was found at the rear of the then vacant building at 630 West Sixth Street. The investigation into her death was finally solved using DNA evidence. Chester Turner was convicted of her death as well as the death of 13 other women who were murdered in the City of Los Angeles between 1987 and 1998.[7]
  • Brenda Levin, the preservationist who helped build Library Court Lofts, has worked on many historic buildings throughout the city. These include the Bradbury building, Grand Central Market, The Oviatt Building, Wiltern Theatre, and The Griffith Observatory.
  • Lincoln Savings and Loans, the original owners of the building at 630 West Sixth Street, went bankrupt in 1989 and more than 21,000 investors, mostly elderly, lost their life savings. Charles Keating, the head of Lincoln Savings, went to prison for fraud.[8]

References

  1. LA Downtown News: A New Chapter For Library Court
  2. Walk Score
  3. DLXCO: Library Court Lofts
  4. Top LA Condos
  5. City Lofts LA
  6. Walk Score
  7. LAPD online: Serial Killer Identified Through DNA Technology
  8. NY Times: Collapse of Lincoln Savings


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