Desmond's

Client / MCP612

Area / Historic Core, Downtown Los Angeles

Status / In Progress

Type / Commercial, Mixed Use, Restaurant/Bar

Desmond’s was a Los Angeles-based retail chain that offered a top-the-line department-store experience. This location, which was designed by A.C. Martin, opened in 1923, although the façade underwent alterations in 1933.

Desmond's

Desmond’s was a Los Angeles-based retail chain that offered a top-the-line department-store experience. This location, which was designed by A.C. Martin, opened in 1923, although the façade underwent alterations in 1933.

Owner / MCP612

Location / Historic Core, Downtown Los Angeles

Status / In Progress

Type / Commercial, Mixed Use, Restaurant/Bar

Desmond’s was a Los Angeles-based retail chain that offered a top-the-line department-store experience. This location, which was designed by A.C. Martin, opened in 1923, although the façade underwent alterations in 1933.

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Design

As part of our renovation of this extraordinary mid-rise building, which Desmond’s occupied until 1981, we are maintaining retail use at the basement and ground floors.

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New Uses

We are converting floors two through six to creative offices. And for an unusual rooftop experience, we are designing the addition of two new stories that will hold a restaurant/bar. Upon completion, the building will hold 85,000 sf of space.

Listen here for an interview with A Martinez, host of KPCC's Take Two, and Sarah Cahill, the project manager for Desmond's, about our design process.

Sarah Cahill, our project manager for Desmond's, toured the site for an interview with A Martinez, the host of KPCC's Take Two.