Proper Hotel DTLA

Client / The Kor Group + Alma Development

Area / Fashion District, Downtown Los Angeles

Status / In Progress

Type / Hotel, Restaurant/Bar

This 13-story Renaissance Revival-style building was designed by master architects Alexander Curlett and Claud Beelman and completed in 1926.

Proper Hotel DTLA

This 13-story Renaissance Revival-style building was designed by master architects Alexander Curlett and Claud Beelman and completed in 1926.

Owner / The Kor Group + Alma Development

Location / Fashion District, Downtown Los Angeles

Status / In Progress

Type / Hotel, Restaurant/Bar

This 13-story Renaissance Revival-style building was designed by master architects Alexander Curlett and Claud Beelman and completed in 1926.

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Collaboration

Now known as the Proper Hotel DTLA, the building is owned by the KOR Group and Alma Development, which, as part of Proper Hospitality, put our architects together with interior designer Kelly Wearstler. Together, we’re overseeing the building’s conversion to a 115,000 sf, 148-room hotel.

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History

The building originally held the Commercial Club, which was dedicated to promoting Los Angeles’ industrial and commercial growth. The club’s membership was a who’s-who of Roaring Twenties Los Angeles, with movie moguls (including Cecil B. Demille) bankers (Irving Hellman) and businessmen (Moses Hamburger, owner of Hamburger's Department store, on which we’re now working).

In its heyday, the Commercial Club Building offered an enormous range of amenities and uses: there were offices, game rooms, a spacious banquet room, a ladies’ club, a gymnasium, a swimming pool, an athletic facility, a barber shop and 126 guest rooms for the club's members.

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Design

A key part of our work has been to strip away decades of non-historic additions and restore the building’s character. There has been plenty to work with, and in many cases, our programming for each space restores a space’s original use.

At the original pool facility on the 7th floor, we are creating a 2,500 sf guest suite, incorporating the full-size original pool directly into the living room of the hotel guest room. In a double-height former basketball court, we’re creating a 1,300 sf guest suite with a screening room. At the multi-level rooftop, we’re designing dynamic spaces for a restaurant/bar and spa, mixing cozy corners with expansive views, especially northward up the Broadway corridor.

For the building’s exterior, we are restoring the original steel storefronts, providing new façade lighting to illuminate the original terra cotta details, rehabilitating the original blade sign, and building a new open panel roof sign per the new Broadway Sign Ordinance (which we also helped to write).

Project photography by Emi Kiwataki and Hunter Kerhart. Renderings by Shimahara.