940 East Second Street, Downtown L.A., 90012
3-Story Townhouse Style Loft Condominiums
38 Live-work townhome lofts in the heart of the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles
Originally built in 1906 and entirely re-imagined in 2011
Historic architecture infused with sophisticated modern amenities
Come see for yourself: Luxury, Arts, Living
Located at the eastern edge of Downtown Los Angeles and within walking distance to many of the city’s cultural amenities, the Arts District is a thriving and creative community that inhabits the largely self-sufficient area along with independent restaurants, bars, shops and galleries.
The vibrant area began as the agricultural hub of Los Angeles in the 1800’s, filled with citrus groves and vineyards. Because of its proximity to the Los Angeles River, merchants were able to both water their crops and distribute produce. In the late 1800’s railroads linking Los Angeles to Chicago emerged and fueled an industrial boom. Warehouses and factories replaced the orchards and vineyards, and by the early 1900’s the area was a manufacturing and distribution powerhouse.
940 East 2nd Street was built in 1906 to store sugar beets by industrialists John and Adolph Spreckels, The Spreckels Brothers. The depot went through numerous renovations including one in the 1920s by one of Los Angeles’ preeminent architects, John B. Parkinson, known for designing Los Angeles City Hall, Union Station, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and Pershing Square.
The building changed ownership during the mid 1950’s, around the time the interstates were constructed and Los Angeles residential population and industrialized base began to sprawl.
The area re-emerged as The Arts District with the introduction of the Artisan in Residence Ordinance in 1981. Artists and urban pioneers moved back into the city’s core and created homes and studios in vacant and underutilized warehouses and industrial buildings, forming what is now considered the city’s creative and cultural incubator.
The current renovation and addition by Rockefeller Partners Architects preserves the historical facade while entirely reimagining the interior as 38 live-work townhome lofts.
Experience privacy, security and convenience in a way unparalleled by any Downtown residence.
A collection of 38 live-work townhome lofts, 940 E. 2nd St. infuses historic architectural details with sophisticated modern interiors and high level finishes. Natural light drenches the original brick walls, exposed steel beams and vaulted ceilings through a combination of skylights, custom made doors and windows, and operable clerestory windows.
All townhome lofts are 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths occupying three-levels with open floor plans, patios and terraces. Convenient assigned parking is located directly outside each front door.
European designed kitchens
Caesarstone quartz countertops
Energy-efficient stainless steel appliances
Waterworks plumbing fixtures, sinks and tubs
Concrete, wide plank oak wood flooring, and wool carpeting
Custom bath vanities made from reclaimed wood
Generous walk-in closets and en suite baths
Secure garage parking directly outside your front door
Security video monitors in garage
Direct TV, cable, and internet ready
Cat 5 cable ready
In-unit washer and dryer hook-ups
developer and architect
Canyon-Johnson Urban Funds
The Canyon Johnson Urban Funds (CJUF) are one of the country’s largest private real estate funds focused on the development of urban properties in underserved neighborhoods. A joint venture between Canyon Capital Realty Advisors and an entity of Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s Magic Johnson Enterprises, the funds were formed to identify, enhance and capture value through the development and redevelopment of real estate in densely populated, ethnically diverse urban communities. Fundamental to Canyon-Johnson’s investment thesis is its commitment to a “triple bottom line” philosophy of achieving superior financial results, fostering opportunities within urban communities, and embracing environmental responsibility. With nearly $2 billion in committed equity capital, the funds are positioned to facilitate more than $8 billion in development and revitalization in major U.S. metropolitan areas.
The Borman Group
Mark Borman is a co-founder of The Borman Group, LLC, a real estate development company that focuses on urban infill and adaptive reuse projects in Southern California and with a strong concentration in Los Angeles County. His involvement includes all phases of acquisition, design, entitlement, construction, project management, interior finishes and financing. Mr. Borman has been principally involved with over 200,000 square feet of development in asset classes including, commercial retail, multi-family apartments and for sale condominiums since 2005. Prior to The Borman Group, LLC Mr. Borman was an award winning independent film producer having had films play in film festivals including Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca, and Cannes. Other work related experiences Mr. Borman was a franchisee of Yum! Brands, Inc., and a commodity trader at The Chicago Board of Trade. Mr. Borman has a B.A. in Real Estate, Finance and Economics from the University of South Carolina. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Business Improvement District of the Artist District located in the city of Los Angeles, serves as the vice president of Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles, and the co-chair for the annual Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles Care and Cure Dinner.
Rockefeller Partners Architects formed in 2002, uniting the diverse and complimentary experiences of Rocky Rockefeller, AIA, Brian Pera, and Christopher Kempel AIA. The partners’ unique backgrounds allow RPA to provide comprehensive architectural services, from conceptual design and strategic planning to construction administration and post-occupancy evaluation.
At any given time the partners and their team of talented designers are managing a number of compelling projects, from custom residences to corporate headquarters. The success of these projects lies in part with the collaborative spirit shared by clients and professional peers as well as the firm’s commitment to buildings and interiors that balance the simplicity expressed in modernism with provocative natural materials and contemporary technologies.
Since forming, RPA has successfully completed a number of challenging projects and been recognized in national publications such as the Los Angeles Times, The Architect’s Newpaper, Building Design and Construction, and Form Magazine.
Our design philosophy is bound by a collaborative spirit, a commitment to the principles of modern architecture – volume, symmetry, and simplicity – and a deep respect for exceptional craftsmanship.