Lofts at Hollywood & Vine

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6253 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

Lofts at Hollywood & Vine
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Lofts at Hollywood & Vine in LA
Building Information
Architect Aleck Curlett
Number of Units 60
Number of Floors 13
Year Built 1929
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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6253 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Distance to Public Transit Over 10 options nearby
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning [Q]C4-2D-SN
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

The famous sign at the intersection


The Lofts at Hollywood & Vine provides a live/work residence in one of the most recognizable intersections of the world that has been snapped in countless tourist photographs. This historic building was formerly the Hollywood Equitable Building, built in two phases over 1929 and 1930. It was the second high-rise office building to appear at this famous intersection and symbolized the new money being invested into Hollywood. It replaced a one-story bank.[1]


Aleck Curlett designed the new office tower (initially called The Bank of Hollywood) with a bank on the ground floor and gargoyles on the facade, capped with a copper roof. It had to adhere to a height restriction of 150 feet. Sam Kress, owner of a drug store chain, helped plan and finance the building. He included a brokerage office in the plans as he wanted to connect Hollywood to Wall Street in New York. [1]


Vine Street investors financed the building and the Dyas Department Store Company of Los Angeles leased it.[2] The first tenant was Myron Selznick whose flim production company moved into the space. His famous clients included Vivien Leigh, Gary Cooper, and Henry Fonda to name a few. The Equitable Building saw the comings and goings of many tenants over the years such as Williams Etsy and Company, Young and Rubicam Company, and Benton and Bowles. Because of the popularity of radio in Hollywood, many advertising agencies leased space in the building in the 1930s and 1940s.


In 2000, Tom Gilmore of Gilmore Associates purchased the building for $4 million and began a two-year restoration project with help from M2A Milofsky and Michali Architects to preserve the building's Neo-Gothic facade and Art Deco interior. Elements that were restored include the gargoyles on the facade, the original elevator lobby lanterns, a checkerboard marble floor and Art Deco ceiling panel. Most of the restoration work was done on the lobby and the ground level.[3]


After this, Palisades Development Group spent $50 million to convert this office tower into 60 loft-style units. Killefer Flammang Architects designed the transformation that was completed in 2008.[4]

Location

The Lofts at Hollywood & Vine are located, not surprisingly, at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. The address is 6253 Hollywood Boulevard, which is part of the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. Residents who live at The Lofts are surrounded by the glitz and glamor of Hollywood, from its iconic sign viewable from the roof deck and the historic Capitol Records Building that houses Capitol Records and Studios, a recording facility and echo chamber. Capitol Records is one of the few remaining production companies in the immediate area.[5]


The Lofts at Hollywood & Vine is a moviegoer's haven, located just minutes away from the Pantages Theatre and Arclight Cinemas.


This residence provides a great location for nightlife, shopping, and restaurants. Places to eat include Dillon's Irish Pub & Grill, Hollywood / Vine, Lexington Social House, Wood & Vine, and Katsuya Hollywood. Trader Joe's is just half a block away for groceries, and there is also a local farmers' market in the area.[6][4]


The entrance for the Hollywood and Vine subway station on the Metro Red Line is one block east at Hollywood Boulevard and Argyle Avenue.[7]

Construction

Billboard lit up at night

The Equitable Building of Hollywood was designed in 1929 and 1930 by Aleck Curlett in the Neo-Gothic style. It is a concrete high-rise with thirteen floors (not seen too much anymore with the superstitions surrounding the number 13).


Gargoyles decorated the exterior, which have been restored thanks to Gilmore Associates and M2 Architects from 2000-2002. They also restored the lobby to its original place and character, as well as the original entrance way and ground floor facade.[3] The building underwent more construction when Palisades Development Group bought the building and developed it into condominiums.


The Art Deco details of the original building can still be seen in the lobby. The individual suites have a gallery/warehouse feel with epoxy floors, simple columns, and exposed beams.[8] The scaffolding on the roof, which makes it look unfinished at one angle, displays a large billboard used for advertising.

Layout and Features

Suites at The Lofts range from studios to two-bedrooms that all have two-story configurations. In keeping with loft style architecture, the ceilings are high with exposed beams and the windows offer incredible city and mountain views.

The one-wall kitchens display Viking appliances and the bathrooms are accented with Ann Sacks tiles.[9] Some units have traditional enclosed bathrooms while others have bath tubs that open onto sleeping areas for a unique mix of space. Corridors are on every other floor to maximize privacy and soundproofing.[4]

Floor Plans

Unfortunately, floor plans for The Lofts at Hollywood & Vine have not been made publicly available.

[10] - View this link in the References section for a virtual tour of an interior.

Amenities

The Lofts at Hollywood & Vine offer the following amenities:

  • 24-hour valet parking
  • Landscaped roof garden and deck
  • Storage
  • 24-hour security
  • Wheelchair access
  • In-suite washer & dryer
  • Views of Capitol Records building, Hollywood sign, and mountains

Bylaws

Lofts at Hollywood & Vine Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No


  • Pets are welcome at The Lofts at Hollywood & Vine.
  • The suites are often rented out as vacation rentals.
  • There is no age restriction in this condominium.[6]

Sustainability

This landmark building has been around since 1929 and was therefore not designed as a green building.

Since its conversion to condominiums, however, energy-efficient appliances and heating and air-conditioning systems have been added.[11]

Its proximity to shops, restaurants, and entertainment facilities by foot, bike, or public transit is probably its biggest sustainability feature.

There is also a garden on the roof deck for residents with a green thumb.

Trivia

The Bank of Hollywood Building
  • The old Bank of Hollywood Building (later renamed the Equitable) built in 1929 had a baronial penthouse for executives and a brokerage room at ground level.[2] Many famous film producers leased space in the building, such as Myron Selznick, as mentioned earlier. American composer Irving Berlin famous for "White Christmas," "Easter Parade," "God Bless America," "Annie Get Your Gun," "Puttin' on the Ritz" and many other classic showtunes wrote songs in suite 207.[12]
  • Young and Rubicam Company, a radio company that moved into the building in 1942, did the advertising for the US War Department. Benton and Bowles sponsored the popular Glamour and Manor Show.[1]
  • In 2002, The Hollywood and Vine Diner opened on the ground floor of the building as a throwback to old Hollywood with wood paneled rooms and booths, as well as a variety of historic photographs from Hollywood premieres, movie stars, and landmarks.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Hollywood Heritage
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Story of Hollywood book
  3. 3.0 3.1 M2A Architects
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 KF Architects
  5. Wikipedia-Hollywood & Vine
  6. 6.0 6.1 Vacation Rentals by Owner
  7. Los Angeles Condo
  8. LA Condo Domain
  9. Top LA Condos
  10. 6253 Hollywood Boulevard Tour
  11. Los Angeles Rentals
  12. Go Los Angeles


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