Broadway Lofts

Client / ICO Development

Area / Historic Core, Downtown Los Angeles

Status / Completed

Type / Mixed Use, Housing

This six-story Renaissance Revival-style building was designed by the prominent firm Morgan & Walls and completed in 1906, when it held a high-end department store known as Le Bon Marché and later held a succession of theaters for movies and vaudeville.

Broadway Lofts

This six-story Renaissance Revival-style building was designed by the prominent firm Morgan & Walls and completed in 1906, when it held a high-end department store known as Le Bon Marché and later held a succession of theaters for movies and vaudeville.

Owner / ICO Development

Location / Historic Core, Downtown Los Angeles

Status / Completed

Type / Mixed Use, Housing

This six-story Renaissance Revival-style building was designed by the prominent firm Morgan & Walls and completed in 1906, when it held a high-end department store known as Le Bon Marché and later held a succession of theaters for movies and vaudeville.

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Inspiration

First known as the Bumiller Building, its striking green façade drew praise, as did its floor-to-ceiling lightwells, which channel natural light to each floor.

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Design

The existing lightwells turned out to be a key element in our conversion of the building from office use to 58 loft apartments, for which we sought to bring as much natural light as possible to each unit. Faced with a tight floor plate, we designed new steel-and-glass bridges within the existing lightwells. These bridges became the primary means of entry to most residences and freed up space for larger, more light-filled spaces.

The building's existing steel framed structure, originally encased in concrete, underwent a seismic retrofit with new concrete shear walls and moment frames. Common area amenities included a new roof deck with a freestanding gym structure. We also redesigned the ground floor core and shell space for future retail use.

Completed project photography by Paul Turang and Hunter Kerhart.