Mercury

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3810 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

Mercury
Mercury-LA-Exterior.JPG

The exterior of Mercury on Los Angeles
Building Information
Developer Forest City Enterprises
Architect Claud Beelman
Number of Units 238
Number of Floors 22
Year Built 2006
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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3810 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Distance to Public Transit Bus stops nearby, light rail accessible
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning C4-2
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Adaptive re-use of pre-existing buildings is not exactly uncommon in Los Angeles nowadays. Often, developers will take historic structures that are past their prime and subsequently give them a new lease on life by renovating them and using them for residential purposes.
Mercury's main entrance
Mercury in Los Angeles is but one example of this phenomenon at work, and its lineage as an industrial landmark from the 1960s belies its current status as a luxurious place to live, even by generous Los Angeles standards.

Originally built in 1962, Mercury began its life at the headquarters of the Getty Oil Company.[1] Its conversion into a luxury high-rise took place in 2006, and upon completion the 22 floor tower offered 238 units for both sale and rent. Located in the area of Los Angeles known colloquially as Koreatown, Mercury finds itself central to Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and various beaches, making it ideal for those who want to be able to experience all that the City of Angels has to offer.

Naturally, Mercury has a number of amenities to offers its residents, from a fitness center to a fully equipped rooftop deck, ensuring that no matter how busy their lives may get, residents of Mercury know that they can easily unwind from a hard day once they arrive at home.


Location

A shot of Koreatown

Located on 3810 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, Mercury finds itself in the heart of Los Angeles' Korean population. Koreatown has a population of over 120,000 and has the highest population density in all of Los Angeles. Naturally, the area has many businesses that cater toward the Korean and Latino demographics, giving the area a strong multicultural vibe. The neighborhood is notable for its nightlife, with many lounges, coffee shops, and karaoke bars dotting the landscape, as well as a wide variety of restaurant types, ranging from Korean, to Chinese, to Thai food. Prospective residents will be interested to know that Mercury is also relatively close to many of the more famous sights of the city, like the Staples Center and LA Live.[2]

Mercury's address has a Walk Score of 98, meaning that ownership of a car is unnecessary to run daily errands - as many shops and services are located closed to Mercury, walking will suffice. Should one wish to travel outside the neighborhood, the city's public transit system can handle that easily, with 12 bus stops and one light rail station near Mercury. Biking can also be a primary method of travel, as the terrain is generally even; one must take note, though, that bike lanes are not exactly widespread.[3]

Construction

An example of an unfurnished room in Mercury

Originally built in 1962 and designed by noted architect Claud Beelman, Mercury is a traditionally constructed condominium with some very unique design touches. While the underlying base structure is very similar to other buildings of the time, its exterior is clad in a stunning combination of white marble, anodized aluminum, and bronze glass, resulting in a sleek, modern appearance.

The internal renovation was rather involved, due to the units having unusual dimensions (18 feet wide and 52 feet deep) - to get around this, the deeper portions of the units were used for the bathrooms and walk-in closets, and the deepest units had the entry door placed midway into the residence, thus mitigating the depth perception somewhat.[4]

Layout and Features

Mercury's 238 units come in one bedroom and two bedroom configurations, with the one bedroom residences ranging from 690 to 1000 square feet and the two bedroom residences ranging from 910 to 1540 square feet. The units come well equipped, featuring luxuries like stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, walk in closets, European style cabinetry and in-suite laundry. Certain units also come with private decks.

Floor Plans

Unfortunately, Mercury does not currently offer floor plans for public viewing. Thus, curious parties will need to rely on video footage to get a good look at the features and layouts of the building - an interesting note is that the best footage comes with Korean audio, though there is enough English text to get the point across adequately.

[5] - View video from "References Section" at the bottom of this page.

Amenities

Some of the amenities that Mercury offers include:

  • Fitness center
  • Swimming pool
  • Shared barbecue area
  • Rooftop rec center
  • Spa
  • Secured parking



Bylaws

Mercury Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes


  • Rentals are allowed
  • Mercury is pet-friendly
  • There is no age restriction on residents
  • There is a shared barbecue area


Sustainability

There is unfortunately no record of Mercury being a sustainable building - this is not really a surprise, given that it was originally built in an era where environmental friendliness was not really a concern. Thus, it must fall to the residents to reduce their impact on the environment by taking pro-active measures of their own.

For instance, recycling would go a long way toward reducing one's carbon footprint. Other effective methods would be actively monitoring and reducing unnecessary water and electricity use.

Trivia

  • As an architect of note, many of Claud Beelman's other works have ended up on the National Register of Historic Places, all of them in the Los Angeles area[6]
  • Koreatown took a harsh blow in the early 1990s, as it was the neighborhood hardest hit by the Rodney King riots in terms of raw damage done
  • The rooftop recreation center was christened '23' by the developers
  • J. Paul Getty, the founder of Getty Oil, was named the richest man in America in 1957 by Fortune magazine and was worth over two billion dollars when he died in 1976[7]


References

  1. Top LA Condos - Mercury
  2. Wikipedia - Koreatown
  3. Walk Score
  4. TCA Architects - Mercury
  5. Mercury on Youtube
  6. Wikipedia - Claud Beelman
  7. Wikipedia - J. Paul Getty


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