Rowan Lofts

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460 South Spring Street

Rowan Lofts
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An exterior shot of Rowan Lofts on 460 South Spring Street
Building Information
Developer Downtown Properties
Architect Killefer Flammang Architects
Number of Units 206
Number of Floors 12
Year Built 1911
Construction Method Steel
Type of Roof IRMA
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460 South Spring Street
Distance to Public Transit Bus stops nearby
Region Los Angeles
Municipality Los Angeles
Zoning C4-4D
Title of Land Condominium



Rowan Lofts, a twelve floor, 206 unit structure began life as the Rowan Building in 1911. Constructed in the business core of downtown Los Angeles, the Rowan Building found itself home to many professional tenants, such as stock brokerage firms and law offices. It still stands today as an iconic symbol of early 1900's design, and possesses the quiet, sophisticated elegance that many surviving structures from the era share.

The interior, of course, is fully modernized for today's lifestyle, with all units possessing a wide range of features and amenities for the use of the residents.[1]


The Alley

Located in the Old Bank District of downtown Los Angeles, residents of Rowan Lofts find themselves in a historic neighborhood.[2] Many of the surrounding buildings are around the same age as Rowan Lofts, leading to a atmosphere that is both uniform and nostalgic all at once.

There are a variety of shops and restaurants within walking distance. In fact, a notable feature of the area is The Alley, a foot traffic only street with accent lighting and convenient access to the retail and culinary establishments along the path. Other nearby attractions for residents include the Staples Center and the Los Angeles Music Center.


Rowan Lofts was originally built in 1911. Though renovated thoroughly to transform it from an office building into a condominium, the exterior of Rowan Lofts still shows its heritage even today. Of note is the extremely high ratio of windows to square footage; this leads to an abundance of natural light coming into the building. Many of the windows themselves are uncommonly large, another contributing factor to the illumination of Rowan Lofts. The building's mahogany sash was restored to its former glory as part of the renovation, and further adds to the structure's refined atmosphere. [3]

The interior has naturally undergone a significant transformation to facilitate the addition of modernized living spaces, but there are still many old touches remaining that seamlessly mesh with the contemporary amenities - for instance, new interior doors are right beside the original brick walls that were laid in 1911. The original elevator doors and marble corridor walls have likewise been preserved and restored.

Layout and Features

An example of a kitchen in Rowan Lofts

With 206 units available, there is no doubt that Rowan Lofts has more than enough space for its residents. As perhaps one would expect from the name, all of the units are loft-style residences, with residences ranging from 550 square feet to over 1400 square feet.[4] There are a range of configurations, from smaller studio apartments to two bedroom/two bathroom.

Some additional features include hardwood floors, designer kitchens, and bathroom fixtures supplied by Toto. Some units also come equipped with skylights and patios.[5]

Floor Plans

Below are a selection of floor plans from Rowan Lofts:


Rowan Lofts offers a wide range of amenities to its residents, with a few examples below:

  • Outdoor common area
  • Pet privacy courtyard
  • Spa
  • 24 hour security
  • Concierge


Rowan Lofts Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

  • Rowan Lofts allows rentals
  • They allow residents to have pets
  • There is no age restriction in place
  • A communal barbecue area is available


As befitting a building that was constructed in 1911, sustainability was not high on the priority list of the builders. On the bright side, many services and shops are within walking distance, and with public transportation being available there are options for residents to reduce their carbon footprint, should they desire.


The Rowan Building lettering on the exterior from its first incarnation
  • Originally designed by John Parkinson, who also designed the Los Angeles City Hall
  • Named after the first developer, Robert A. Rowan
  • Residents qualify for reduced property taxes under the Mills Act
  • Goodwin Gaw, president of Downtown Properties, is known for maintaining many historic properties like Rowan Lofts in his portfolio


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  5. Loft details

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