Historic Core District in Downtown Los Angeles


The Historic Core has reinvented itself.  There are new restaurants, a Farmer’s Market, and a breath of new life throughout the area.

Los Angeles Historic Core (El Dorado Lofts )
Los Angeles Historic Core (El Dorado Lofts building)

Farmer’s Market:

Established July 2012 – Every SUNDAY 9:00am until 2:00pm -2 blocks from Pershing Square Station, adjacent to the Spring Street bike lane, off numerous bus routes from all over the city, and soon to be adjacent to the LA Streetcar. 5th Street–between Broadway and Spring Street.

Due to a high volume of residents and a low volume of healthy produce and grocery options, the Historic Downtown Farmers’ Market was established July 8, 2012.

When perusing, in addition to organic fruits and vegetables, you will also find

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Pershing Square Farmers Market Downtown Los Angeles

some exotic type vegetables, human food-grade dog food, incredibly fresh fish, grass fed meat, eggs (free range and sprout fed), orchids and a broad range of flowers, breakfast burritos, pupusas, BBQ, and iced or hot coffees and fresh lemonades and fresh juices to take you through your shopping experience.

Lofts have sprung up throughout the district.  These Loft/Condos are beautiful, full of light, huge windows, containing rough brick interiors, and most are the epitome of True Loft Living.



Stepping into the lobby entrance, one is immediately taken back to the storied

Higgins Building Downtown Los Angeles

downtown of yore. The interior is graced with vestiges of classic detailing including mosaic tile flooring, caged elevators rebuilt with birds eye maple, meticulous ironwork, imported marble wainscoting throughout the hallways, original zinc covered doorways, and windows. Select units have impressive views of the downtown skyline and Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Complimenting the Higgins is the world class Edison Lounge which sits in the basement of the building. Once the boiler room which supplied power to the offices above, it is now a celebrated historic downtown venue which brings back the nostalgia and glamor of a lost era.

A piece of living history, the Higgins building exemplifies the burgeoning community of art, culture, and entertainment in downtown.

Pet Friendly: Yes
Mills Act: Yes
Live Work: No

Building Features

  • 10 Stories
  • 135 Units
  • Classic Beaux-Arts Architecture
  • Iron Caged Elevators Rebuilt in Birds Eye Maple
  • Rooftop Common Area
  • 24/7 Security Guarded Entrance
  • World Class Edison Bar in Basement

Douglas Building Lofts


Douglas Building Lofts

The Douglas Building is a spectacular presence on the corner of Third and Spring Streets in this historic Downtown neighborhood. The Douglas Building is the legacy of T.D. Stimson, (1827 – 1898) a lumber baron turned real estate mogul who fostered commercial development in Los Angeles during the 1890s. As one of the few remaining vestiges of Los Angeles’ 19th century architectural treasures, the Douglas Building still stands out, bold and elegant in the midst of glass and steel.

Douglas Building Loft

The freshly restored Douglas Lofts accommodates 50 unique New York style loft units that vary in size and floor plan.  Distinct architectural attributes include high ceilings, exposed brick walls, restored double-hung windows, historic tile and hardwood flooring, state-of-the-art kitchens, and Waterworks bathtubs.

Floors two(2) through four (4) have of one and two bedroom lofts ranging from

Kitchen - Douglas Lofts Downtown Los Angeles
Douglas Building Lofts

735 to 1,275 square feet, with the fifth (5th) floor penthouses from 735 to 1,450 square feet. Corner units boast operable, curved windows, a rare and wonderful architectural detail.  Of the eleven penthouse units, seven have spiral staircases leading to a study that is open to the living area below.


  • Historically Significant Building

    Douglas Building Lofts
  • New York Style Loft Units
  • Striking City Views
  • Poggen Pohl State-of-the-Art Kitchens
  • Waterworks Bathrooms
  • Exposed Interior Brick Walls
  • Original, Restored Double-Hung Windows
  • Hardwood and Historic Tile Flooring
  • Curved Windows at Corner Units
  • High Ceilings
  • 20 Different Floor Plans
  • 7 Two-level Penthouse Units
  • Central Air and Heat
  • High-Speed Internet Connection
  • Washer/Dryer Hookups
  • Gated Mini-Park on Premises (Pet Friendly)

    Douglas Building Lofts
  • Secure Underground and Street-Level Parking
  • Easy Freeway Access
  • Walking Distance to Major Cultural Attractions, Restaurants and Shopping
  • Two Blocks from the Metro Red Line Station
  • Minutes to Grand Central Market




Eastern Columbia Building

Clad in stunning turquoise terra-cotta and gold leaf, the Eastern Columbia Outfitting Companies’ 13-story art-deco retail tower epitomized the height of opulence when it established in 1930. Currently, this zig zag moderne landmark enshrined on Los Angeles’ list of historic and cultural monuments dazzles anew – and provides buyers a timeless setting for urbane living. ¨Spacious, sophisticated, urbane: each of Eastern Columbia’s 147 light-filled loft condominiums juxtapose luxurious contemporary upgrades and classic period details.

The same measures of elegance permeates the entry court and sky-high pool deck, the leisure terrace and fitness studio.

Regaining their poise after decades of slumber, the neighborhood’s Victorian, Beaux Arts and Art-Deco buildings are now home to intrepid residents, shops, restaurants and cultural magnets.


Building Amenities

Eastern Columbia Building on Broadway
  • 147 light-filled loft condominiums, from 720 to 2,750 square feet
  • Centrally located in the Historic Core, at the hem of the Fashion District and South Park
  • Interior redesign by internationally acclaimed firm Kelly Wearstler Interior Design
  • Residential architectural conversion by award-winning firm Killefer Flammang Architects
  • Luxurious contemporary upgrades and classic period details
  • Modern tools for comfort and productivity – high-speed Internet access, satellite television, digital climate control, washer-dryer hook-ups, closed-circuit camera monitoring and storage units
  • Roof level leisure terrace featuring fitness center, lounging cabanas, sun deck, pool, spa and fireplace
  • Corridors styled with polished concrete, carpet runners, decorative unit door patterns, custom pendant lighting and faceted glass wall sconces

    Eastern Columbia Building Lobby
    Eastern Columbia Building Lobby
  • Elegant lobby appointments, including fluted paneling and antiqued mirrors
  • Landscaped ground level courtyard with entry fountains and retail shops
  • Secured resident and guest parking in a newly constructed adjacent structure
  • Fitness Center
  • Roof Deck 1


History and Renovation

Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #294

Directed by internationally acclaimed interior designer Kelly Wearstler Interior Design (kwid) and award-winning architectural firm Killefer Flammang Architects, the detailed redesign brought new polish to Eastern Columbia’s faceted beauty.

Eastern Columbia Building

“Eastern Columbia, Broadway at Ninth” – over several decades, the city’s airwaves chimed this jingle to advise Los Angeles shoppers of new arrivals and special offers at Downtown’s flagship department store.  For years the tallest building on the area skyline, the Eastern Columbia Outfitting Company opened on September 12, 1930. ¨Perhaps Los Angeles’ finest example of the Art Deco era’s zig zag moderne style, the Claude Beelman-designed tower has long captivated arts and architecture scholars. Faced in turquoise terra cotta and trimmed with deep blue and gold terra cotta, the tower’s façade features sunburst patterns, geometric shapes, zigzags, chevrons and other stylized motifs. A four-sided clock tower emblazoned in neon with the name EASTERN caps its thirteen stories.

After retail operations ceased in 1957, Eastern Columbia was transformed into studio and office space for local garment businesses and arts organizations. Among the tenants: the Los Angeles Conservancy and West Coast swimwear icon Jantzen. In fact, just up until residential conversions began, a fashion runway blazed through the building’s eleventh floor.

ROWAN LOFTS at 460 S Spring Street


Rowan Lofts Lobby

Built by famed real estate developer Robert A. Rowan and A.C. Bilicke, the building is located at the corner of Fifth and Spring Streets, a prime location in the midst of the flourishing business core, at one time known as “The Wall Street of the West.”

Designed by John Parkinson noted for his architecture of Los Angeles City Hall and The Pacific Stock Exchange and G. Edwin Bergstrom in 1911.  From 1905 to 1915 Bergstrom was in partnership with architect John Parkinson. The firm of Parkinson & Bergstrom designed the Los Angeles Athletic Club, the Alexandria Hotel, and the original building of Bullock’s Department Store.

The Rowan Building was formerly home to many of the city’s oldest and most prominent law offices and stock brokerage firms during the golden years of Los Angeles’ downtown area.


Rowan Building Lofts

Deeply rooted in the history of Downtown Los Angeles, The Rowan is an iconic loft residence within the Old Bank District. Located in the center of an innovative neighborhood with eclectic restaurants, galleries and shops.

The Rowan has exceptional natural lighting by day, and skyline by night. Owing to it’s extremely high ratio of window to square footage, combined with it’s southerly facing orientation.  The original mahogany sash is beautifully restored, featuring  laminated glass windows in operable frames.  Most windows measure 4’x8’ or larger!  They provide impressive spectacular city views while also providing natural airflow.


Rowan 2 Story Loft

1st floor lofts feature two-story living spaces with 15 feet UP ceilings, original marble tile flooring and mezzanines.  Select homes feature private patio areas.


Most 2nd floor residences have decks or balconies with french doors. An exclusive lounge boasts deconstructed art and decor.


Abundant open areas in each floor plan allow for unique living space to meet individual needs.


Offering the pinnacle of contemporary urban living, 8 penthouse residences feature ceilings with skylights, soaring to more than 15 ft. high.




Bartlett Lofts Historic Core Downtown Los Angeles
Bartlett Lofts Downtown L.A.

Bartlett Building Lofts is perfectly situated in Downtown Los Angeles, located within the Jewelry District. The lofts were architecturally designed with a New York flair for live/work environment. There are twelve floor plans available, some units have a private patio and sunset views.

The building features a rooftop deck with magnificent city views, and a second floor patio. The building also retains its original restored elevator doors in the lobby, and two beautiful iron staircases.


  • Magnificent City Views
  • Private Balconies
  • Custom Built Antique Look Closets

    Bartlett Building Lofts Downtown Los Angeles
    Bartlett Lofts Rooftop Patio
  • Exposed Brick
  • Rooftop Patio
  • Building History
  • The A. G. Bartlett Building was designed in 1911
  • Los Angeles architects John Parkinson and Edwin Bergstrom in the Beaux Arts style
  •  1911 and 1922, the upper floors were tenanted by the Union Oil Company
  • Major facelift in 1937
  • Style adopted was Art-Deco ‘Moderne’
  • 2002, the building was converted to residential use


PAN AMERICAN LOFTS at 253 S Broadway


Pan American Building

The Pan American building is the second oldest building in downtown Los Angeles, right behind the Bradbury Building which sits across the street. It was constructed in 1895 by architect Sumner Hunt. It was originally called the Irvine Block. It was built as an office building and, when it was built, was only the second office building in the area.

Located on the corner of 3rd Street and Broadway across from the Million Dollar Theater  the Pan American Lofts Building was Designed by Sumner Hunt and built in 1895 , it is notable for its Spanish Colonial Beaux Arts architecture that is denoted by it’s complex terracotta embellishments, entry way arch and large windows.

Converted: Urban Pacific Builders , Donald Barany Architects — 2007

The Pan American was formerly called the Irvine Byrne Block Building and was home to the Mexican Consulate during World War II .

In the heart of Los Angeles’ historic Old Bank district, near the Civic Center and Bunker Hill, the Pan American Lofts provide a unique kind of live-work space for Downtowners.

Unit amenities include:

  • exotic bamboo flooring (select units)
  • original exposed brick and concrete walls
  • 12-foot to 17-foot interior ceilings
  • huge floor-to-ceiling windows
  • high-end stainless steel appliances
  • juliette balconies/private decks (select units)
  • Porcher bathroom fixtures and vanity
  • Hansgrohe kitchen faucet

The Pan American Lofts feature 40 stylish condominium loft residences (658-1248 square feet), including ten 2-level penthouse lofts with internal mezzanines and private rooftop terraces.

With stylish, modern interiors, the Pan American Lofts boast bamboo floors (select units), original exposed brick and concrete walls, 12′ to 17′ ceiling height, copious windows and natural light, high-end stainless steel appliances, controlled-access underground parking, interior courtyard, juliette balconies or private decks (select units).

The halls and stupendous staircase have been immortalized in many of Alfred Hitchcock’s movies, Brad Pitt’s “Se7en”, “Fight Club”, “Blade Runner”, along with numerous TV shows and commercials alike .

In 2004, Long Beach based developer Urban Pacific Builders undertook a $20 million  transformation of the Irvine Byrne building. A new roof was installed, the garage ceiling was heightened, and a new elevator shaft was built. The rows of offices were transformed  into chic, spacious loft units, each with 12′ to 17′ high ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows offering timeless views of the Downtown landscape.  Loft residences are adorned with original exposed brick and concrete walls, plentiful natural light, high end stainless steel appliances.  With it’s ideal location in the Old Bank District of The Historic Core, walking distance to everything downtown has to offer, including the upcoming renovations of Grand Avenue, Urban Pacific has created an establishment that cannot be replicated.

The project’s development team granted a Historic Facade Preservation Easement to the Los Angeles Conservancy to ensure that this unique architectural gem will be preserved. In return for helping to preserve a piece of history, homeowners may be able to claim a charitable deduction from their income taxes. Please consult your tax adviser or accountant for possible tax savings .

EL DORADO at 416 S. Spring Street


El Dorado Lofts Building Downtown L.A.

In every respect, this 12-story building grandly depicts an astounding wealth of Southern California-acquired materials and detailing. Green glazed brick clads the exterior, while rich golden tones of Batchelder tiles adorn the interior walls and lobby columns.

Catering to businessmen and frequent travelers, the hotel offered a multitude of state-of-the-art refinements. A much-proclaimed venue for local social events, the Hotel Stowell was sold in 1938 and later renamed the El Dorado Hotel.

El Dorado Lofts Downtown LA

Through the efforts of Downtown property owners and many others committed to the renaissance of downtown Los Angeles’ urban core, the historic Old Bank District has become a vibrant neighborhood filled with an ever-growing array of restaurants, theaters, art galleries and shops.

Luxury Lofts

FLOORS 2 – 11

Open and airy designs offer maximum versatility with both loft-style and enclosed bedroom configurations, along with the special appeal of balconies or landings that call attention to a vast array of cityscape views.  As a further important plus, there are only six residences on each of the ten Loft Plan floors.

Units ranging in size from 848 to 1,394 square feet, the building has a full array of distinctive floor plans and provides a choice of one or two bedrooms and either one or two full bathrooms.  Some plans also include expanded living areas with extra space for an office, den or an additional bedroom.

From the authentic 1898 solid wood doors that introduce each home, to the fire escape-style, wrought iron landings and balconies that showcase many of the residences, special care has been taken to artfully blend the old with the new. State-of-the-art kitchens and space for stacked washers and dryers make life even easier.

SANTEE VILLAGE at 738-746 S. Los Angeles Street

Santee Village Downtown Los Angeles

The true loft units in the Eckardt, Cornell and Textile buildings at Santee Village reflect the historic look and feel of the fashion industry with oversized industrial windows, concrete floors and columns, high ceilings and lots of open space. You can feel the history and the inspiration as soon as you walk in the door.


  • Convenient Live/Work Community
  • Landscaped Promenade
  • Relaxing Garden and Fountain
  • Market and Food Court
  • Pharmacy
  • Fashion Boutiques
  • 24-hour Courtesy Patrol
  • Convenient Gated Parking
  • Pets Welcome


  • Sparkling Swimming Pool

    LA Lofts Mills Act Downtown LA Lofts
    Santee Lofts Downtown LA
  • Soothing Hot Tub
  • Basketball Court
  • Barbecue Area
  • Putting Green
  • Mini Driving Range
  • Gathering Spaces
  • Dramatic LA Vistas

TEXTILE LOFTS at 315 E 8th street


Textile Building Lofts Los Angeles

The Textile Lofts at Santee Village offers airy loft homes with high ceilings and huge industrial windows—ideal live/work spaces for having a rich and rewarding life. (CLICK ON PICTURE FOR VIDEO)

Your Textile home is set in a complete urban living community in LA’s Fashion District. The building and neighborhood provide you with endless opportunities for shopping, fashion, art, entertainment, fitness, relaxation and networking. Get more out of LA Life. Tap into a location that’s bright, smart and alive with possibility.


• Historic Santee Village Allows Reduced Property Taxes
• Up to 12 foot Ceilings
• Oversized Historic Windows
• Finished Concrete Floors
• Granite or Stainless Steel Countertops
• Stainless Steel Appliances
• Deep Stainless Steel Sinks
• 6 foot Bathtubs
• Laundry Hook-Ups
• Private Balconies (some units)
• Energy Efficient Heating/AC
• DSL Ready and DirecTV Ready

Eckardt Lofts at 738 S Los Angeles


Eckardt Building (Santee Village) Downtown Los Angeles

The Eckardt at Santee Village Lofts is an important manufacturing building that has been thoroughly renovated to give significant details for todays modern living while retaining classic industrial design features for an historic urban feel.

Each loft is fully finished but keeps a wide-open space for you to express your own style and ideas to set up a home that is distinctly your own. Walk in the door, take a deep breath and see how you can design the living environment you’ve always wanted.

Layout and Features

The Eckhardt Lofts offer many desirable historic features such as high ceilings and oversized industrial windows. They also includes modern upgrades such a Bosch kitchen appliances and six-foot bathtubs. Select apartments also come with private balconies.

Unit features include:

  • Ten to fourteen foot vaulted ceilings
  • Heavy duty polished concrete floors
  • Architectural concrete columns in all units
  • Over sized historic industrial windows
  • Mountain, city and skyline views, per plan
  • Italian-style kitchen and bath cabinetry
  • Granite kitchen counter tops
  • Stainless steel Bosch appliances
  • Deep stainless steel sinks
  • Six-foot bathtubs
  • Private balconies (select lofts)
  • Energy efficient heating & air conditioning
  • DSL, DirecTV and Comcast ready
  • Washer/dryer hook-ups

The units at Eckhardt Lofts range in size from about 700-square-foot open floor plans to a 2,000-square-foot penthouse.

CORNELL LOFTS at 746 Los Angeles St


The Cornell Lofts offer many desirable historic features in each unit, such as high ceilings and over sized industrial windows. They also include the best modern upgrades such a Bosch kitchen appliances and six-foot bathtubs. Select apartments also come with private balconies.

Unit features include (Click picture for unit video):

  • Cornell Building Lofts

    Ten to fourteen foot vaulted ceilings

  • Heavy duty polished concrete floors
  • Architectural concrete columns in all units
  • Over sized historic industrial windows
  • Mountain, city and skyline views, per plan
  • Italian-style kitchen and bath cabinetry
  • Granite kitchen counter tops
  • Stainless steel Bosch appliances
  • Deep stainless steel sinks
  • Six-foot bathtubs
  • Private balconies (select lofts)
  • Energy efficient heating & air conditioning
  • DSL, DirecTV and Comcast ready
  • Washer/dryer hook-ups

 Floor Plans

The units at Cornell Lofts range in size from about 700-square-foot studios to 2-bedroom lofts to penthouses at 2,000 square feet.

Find out how to qualify for mills act, historic building property tax discounts.

New lofts are coming to Downtown Los Angeles. Request to be one of the first to see the new lofts by signing up on the INTEREST LIST.

Contact us for the information to get ahead of the massive interest this loft will create next month and be the first for a breathtaking tour!

The reputation of the developer is often the topic of discussion among buyers, sellers. Real estate professionals who specialize in Downtown Los Angeles are familiar with the reputation of Barker Block and its developer.

Pricing of the new lofts may have some flexibility, and may rely on the knowledge and ability of the buyer’s agent to help assess the investment value, and then to get the seller to come down to the bottom-line price.

 All Downtown loft buildings have pros and cons that require the assistance of a Downtown loft specialist.

The developers request that buyers bring their agent to the first viewing of the new lofts. The Keller Williams Loft Team in Downtown Los Angeles provides the most experienced agents in Downtown purchases. It costs nothing for buyers to get help from the team that has provided the most exclusive first-to-see access to new lofts in the neighborhood.



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10 Replies to “Historic Core District in Downtown Los Angeles”

  1. The Historic Core may be getting a Barbecue restaurant this summer. Neil Strawder of Long Beac’s Migmista’s Barbecue said that he has created his own rubs and sauces. For the past six years Strawder has been selling brisket, pork shoulder, and the spicy-sweet bacon known as “pig candy” at local farmers’ markets. The operation has gained so many fans that he and his wife, Phyllis, are preparing to open a restaurant in downtown’s Historic Core this summer.

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