Garland Building

Client / City Constructors, Inc.

Area / Historic Core, Downtown Los Angeles

Status / In Progress

Type / Commercial, Restaurant/Bar

We’re renovating an 11-story steel framed tower that was originally designed by the architecture firm Morgan, Walls and Morgan.

Garland Building

We’re renovating an 11-story steel framed tower that was originally designed by the architecture firm Morgan, Walls and Morgan.

Owner / City Constructors, Inc.

Location / Historic Core, Downtown Los Angeles

Status / In Progress

Type / Commercial, Restaurant/Bar

We’re renovating an 11-story steel framed tower that was originally designed by the architecture firm Morgan, Walls and Morgan.

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History

The Beaux Arts-style Garland Building was constructed in 1913 to house offices as well as a theater space, nestled within the building, that held vaudeville performances. The structure has a façade of glazed brick and terra cotta ornamentation.

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Design

We are reactivating the tower’s original uses, including retail and restaurant on the ground floor and office space on upper floors. New typical office floors will create open, light-filled floor plates highlighting the beautiful double-hung and center-pivot windows. Proposed plans also include the introduction of a new basement bar space and incorporation of an original stair that went unused for over 100 years. We are also restoring the building’s historic exterior and entry lobby.

In a separate effort, we also worked on the restoration of the Globe Theatre (formerly the Morosco Theatre, after impresario Oliver Morosco), located within the footprint of the Garland Building. We restored the 1940s marquee and converted the 2000-era nightclub back into a theater and special event space.

Project photography by Hunter Kerhart.