Investor buys Charlie Chaplin’s bungalow court, plans full restoration

Early Hollywood filmmaker Charlie Chaplin built the Chaplin Court bungalows in 1923 on North Formosa Avenue to provide living quarters for cast and crew working at his studio a couple of blocks away on La Brea Avenue.

Over the years, stars such as Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, and Judy Garland spent time in the tiny bungalows (560 to 700 square feet), which were designed in the then-popular “storybook” style.

The studio is now home of The Jim Henson Co., but the cottages remain at 1328 North Formosa Avenue, looking pretty much the way they did when they were designed by architects Arthur and Nina Zwebell.

The good news is that the cottages have been sold to a local real estate investor, Michael Kesler, who has vowed to preserve them and restore them to their original condition, according to Kesler’s real estate agent, Robert Cipolloni, of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. (Cipolloni represented Kesler with sales associate Finneus Egan.)

“He’s a local guy who buys investment properties and favors ones with special meaning and significance,” Cipolloni told Curbed. “He’s an LA native, and he was always going by it as a kid, and when the opportunity came up to invest in it, he took it.” Escrow is expected to close on the property in the next couple of weeks.

The cottages, which were leased to various tenants over the years, came up for sale for $2.5 million in 2015 after owner Larry Davis died. The bungalow court was subsequently taken off the market and was not for sale when Cipolloni approached the Davis estate about a possible sale. Davis’ sister, Marcia Ferstenfeld of Michigan, agreed (for a price that wasn’t disclosed).

“They’re going to restore it,” the Davis estate’s real estate agent, Brian Byhower of RE/MAX Estate Properties, told Curbed. “We’ve had offers by other people that wanted to tear it down, and we didn’t accept those offers.”

Indeed, buildings next door to the Chaplin Court are being demolished, Byhower said: “They wanted to buy our building, too, and we didn’t want to sell it to them.”

Kesler is already contacting contractors who specialize in restoring old houses, Cipolloni said. The bungalows need extensive work on plumbing, electrical systems, termite-damaged wood and the cobblestone paving, among other things, he added. Ultimately, Kesler plans to lease the units out.

The bungalows do not have historic protection, but Kesler will apply for a Mills Act tax exemption, which would require the buildings be preserved, and will consider other historic protection, Cipolloni said. Kesler “wants to hang onto it and pass it down to his family,” he said.

The Chaplin Court is one of several residential developments Chaplin oversaw to house his actors and crew, according to Wehoville:

Chaplin lived in one of the units here, just as he did in each of the other two cottage clusters he built. These quaint apartments also were home to film luminaries like Douglas Fairbanks, who lived here in the 1920s when the movies The Thief of Bagdad, The Black Pirate and The Iron Mask were released, and Rudolph Valentino, who lived at these Chaplin bungalows in the 1920s when his movies The Cobra, The Son of the Sheik and The Eagle were released.

Realtor.com had this bit of history:

Screen legend Douglas Fairbanks also stayed in one of the cottages, and he literally left his mark—a large Z to commemorate his film The Mark of Zorro. …

Elon Musk is digging a tunnel in Los Angeles right now

In December, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted while he was stuck in traffic: “Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging.” Well, the digging has begun: Wired reports that the excavation began Friday on Musk’s tunnel, which at this point is just a 30-foot wide, 50-foot long, 15-foot deep hole in the ground at SpaceX’s Hawthorne headquarters.

Musk sees tunnels as a possible way to alleviate the traffic he maligned in the Tweet. As Musk explained to Wired in a Twitter direct message, “You have tall buildings, they’re all 3D, and then everyone wants to go into the building and leave the building at a same time … On a 2D road network, that obviously doesn’t work, so you have to go 3D either up or down. And I think probably down.”

Musk has expressed wanting to have this tunnel eventually extend all the way to Los Angeles International Airport, but for now, he’s starting small.

When complete, the tunnel underway in Hawthorne will run from SpaceX’s complex to the company’s parking structure on the other side of Crenshaw Boulevard. The project is on SpaceX property, but the Los Angeles Daily News reports that Musk did get city permits to dig.

Musk, an admitted tunneling novice, seems confident he and his team will learn how to speed up tunneling. At a Sunday press conference for a Hyperloop design competition, Musk stated, “We’re just going to figure out what it takes to improve tunneling speed by, I think, somewhere between 500 and 1,000 percent,” but also admitted, “We have no idea what we’re doing—I want to be clear about that.”

Oscars 2017: The Full List of Nominations

After much speculation and accompanied by an unrelenting onslaught of PR campaigns, the list of 2017 Oscar nominees for the 89th Academy Awards is finally here. 

To absolutely nobody’s surprise, La La Land lead the pack with 14 nods, tying the record held by Titanic and All About Eve. While #OscarsSoWhite still rings mostly true here, note that actors of color managed to slide into directing and acting categories this year. For best director, Barry Jenkins nabbed a nomination for the almost universally hailed Moonlight. On the acting side: Denzel Washington (Fences) was nominated in the lead actor category, while Ruth Negga (Loving) and Viola Davis (Fences) was nominated for lead actress, while Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) and Dev Patel (Lion) got nods in the supporting actor category, alongside Naomie Harris (Moonlight) and Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures), who were nominated for best supporting actress.

Nabbing 5 nominations, it also looks like Manchester by the Sea managed to escape relatively unscathed from the recent resurfacing of sexual harassment lawsuits against the film’s lead, Casey Affleck, by former colleagues Amanda White and Magdalena Gorky, who served as Affleck’s producer and DP on the widely panned mockumentary, I’m Still Here. What that says about our industry machine? It’s a complicated matter which we’ll discuss in a follow-up post.

A snub more so than a surprise, Martin Scorsese’s Silence grabbed only one nomination, in cinematography. And with Hacksaw Ridge sliding into the nominations too, it looks like Hollywood’s truly forgiven Mel Gibson.

While the guessing game isn’t over yet, let the full list of nominees below feed your curiosity for now. The 89th Academy Awards takes place Sunday, February 26, 2017. 

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Full 2017 Oscars Nominations List:


BEST PICTURE

  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hidden Figures
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Damien Chazelle, La La Land
  • Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
  • Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
  • Denis Villenueve, Arrival

BEST ACTOR

  • Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  • Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Ryan Gosling, La La Land
  • Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
  • Denzel Washington, Fences

BEST ACTRESS

  • Isabelle Huppert, Elle
  • Ruth Negga, Loving
  • Natalie Portman, Jackie
  • Emma Stone, La La Land
  • Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Viola Davis, Fences
  • Naomie Harris, Moonlight
  • Nicole Kidman, Lion
  • Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
  • Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • My Life as a Zucchini
  • The Red Turtle
  • Zootopia

CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Arrival
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Moonlight
  • Silence

COSTUME DESIGN

  • Allied
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Jackie
  • La La land

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

  • Fire at Sea
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Life, Animated
  • OJ: Made In America
  • 13th

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

  • Extremis
  • 4.1 Miles
  • Joe’s Violin
  • Watani: My Homeland
  • The White Helmets

FILM EDITING

  • Arrival
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • La La Land
  • Moonlight

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • Land of Mine, Denmark
  • A Man Called Ove, Sweden
  • The Salesman, Iran
  • Toni Erdmann, Germany

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

  • A Man Called Ove
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • Suicide Squad

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

  • Jackie
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Moonlight
  • Passengers

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

  • “Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” La La Land
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls
  • “City of Stars,” La La Land
  • “The Empty Chair,” Jim: The James Foley Story
  • “How Far I’ll Go,” Moana

PRODUCTION DESIGN

  • Arrival
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • La La Land
  • Passengers

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

  • Blind Vaysha
  • Borrowed Time
  • Pear Cider and Cigarettes
  • Pearl
  • Piper

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

  • Ennemis Interieurs
  • La Femme Et Le TGV
  • Silent Nights
  • Sing
  • Timecode

SOUND EDITING

  • Arrival
  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • La La Land
  • Sully

SOUND MIXING

  • Arrival
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • La La Land
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

VISUAL EFFECTS

  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Doctor Strange
  • The Jungle Book
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hidden Figures
  • Lion
  • Moonlight

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

  • Hell or High Water
  • La La Land
  • The Lobster
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • 20th Century Women

Want to know how non-voters can influence the Oscars? Read our post here which goes behind the Oscars to decipher the system.

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Entertaining Activities That’ll Save Your President’s Day Weekend

Happy Birthday, Mr. President(s), and thanks for the long weekend! What will you do with your three days of family togetherness? We’ve got plenty of ideas, and in the spirit of the holiday, they all have a distinctly American approach.

These are our favorite spots to pick up pies.

  1. For Abraham Lincoln, the early champion of the rights of all, who fought to free African Americans brought here in slavery, we recommend a visit to the California African American Museum. Exposition Park is a great place to spend the day and also visit the California Science Center or the Natural History Museum. Note: the museum is closed on Mondays, so make this visit on the weekend.
  1. For Reagan, we’ve got an obvious pick—spend President’s Day at our closest Presidential Library—the Reagan Library. With music, storytelling, history and food, there’s fun for people from all parties.
  1. Harrison’s nickname was “Tippecanoe”. You won’t need to “tip your canoe” when you go fishing at Troutdale, as the pond is stocked with trout and you fish from the shores.
  1. Pick a Patriotic day trip: we found six local adventures that will leave you saluting the red, white and blue.

LACMA NexGen membership, kids get in free and they can each bring an adult with them. Pretty amazing deal, especially when you realize that at LACMA there are art exhibits that appeal to kids (mummies and rad modern art sculptures: we’re talking Michael Jackson and his monkey, art in an elevator and what many kids call the “playing in spaghetti” installation), there is also a painting studio in the Boone Gallery, and story times and tours several times a week. Did we mention that the tar pits are literally the museum’s back yard? Bring a change of play clothes and you can let them poke and play in the patches of tar that bubble up. If you can’t find street parking (it’s tough on weekends) you can always park in the underground lot and take a ride up on the glass elevator—just like in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

5900 Wilshire Blvd.
Miracle Mile
Online: lacma.org

photo: Meghan Rose

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Get Historical
Our local forefathers (and mothers) leave us with a history that goes from covered wagon to space ships. Check out one of LA’s historical offerings.

  1. See how the Wild West was settled at the Autry Museum. California Continued is the newest permanent exhibit that is just what every parent loves: something that manages to be loads of fun, while teaching a few lessons along the way.
  1. Pop Quiz: What American President officially created NASA by signing the NASA Act into law?* At the California Science Center, kids can see a real space shuttle that was built right here in LA and learn all about space travel. (*Answer: Eisenhower.)
  1. Over at LACMA you can visit the Art of the America’s building (and all the other buildings, too) for free on this holiday Monday.
  1. Take part in Presidential arts and crafts on Sunday at the Zimmer Museum.
  1. It’s the USS IOWA’s 73rd Birthday with a free day long festival. Explore the history that the Battleship tour has to offer (at an additional price) or just enjoy the food, music and festivities by the boat.

Topanga Park or Descanso Gardens.

  1. Keep those oceans white with foam, not trash! Lend a hand at this month’s Heal the Bay beach clean up.
  1. Learn about what creatures live in our local cityscape, and what plants grow and thrive here. Our favorite spot that blends hands on learning with lots of fun is the Nature Labs at the Natural History Museum.
  1. The recent rains means the hills are green and the waterfalls flowing. Take a trek to where you can splash in some crystal clear falling water.
  1. From the mountains, comes the Air + Style event, where they bring the mountain, and the very American sport of snowboarding, to the city center.

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We Are a Melting Pot
The very nature of America is the way we welcome immigrants and blend new cultures and traditions into our beautiful mélange. So celebrate festivities and cultures of other people this weekend!

  1. Scotsfest brings the burr of the Highlands to the decks of the Queen Mary. Plus some kilts, sheep, haggis and more!
  1. The Shaolin Warriors demonstrate the history of over a thousand years of Chinese martial arts culture and show off amazingly athletic Kung Fu mastery. Get ready to enroll your kids in karate after watching this show!
  1. La Santa Cecilia is an LA based Mexican-American band who play a blend cumbia, bossa nova and boleros. They rock, and kids love ‘em.
  1. The easiest healthy kid approved food is hummus. Hands down. Now it’s time to introduce them to some other Middle Eastern delights at these restaurants that will quickly become family favorites.
  1. This land is our land (all of us!), but it started out their land. Take a trip to the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center and Natural Area to see how the first settlers here lived in harmony with nature and each other.

How will you be spending the weekend with your kids? Tell us what’s on your long weekend to-do list in the comments below.

–Meghan Rose

Coachella 2017’s local shows (formerly known as Localchella) include Future Islands, Little Dragon and more

The best alternative to Coachella? Ironically, it comes from the music festival’s own promoter. Each spring Goldenvoice plucks some of the sub-headliner acts into two weeks of club and theater shows across L.A., and a few a bit beyond.

At this year’s local Coachella shows—affectionately known as Localchella, officially and boringly billed as “Goldenvoice Presents April”—Future Islands, Nicolas Jaar, Röyksopp, New Order, Floating Points, Local Natives, Little Dragon, Jamie xx, Empire of the Sun, the Avalanches and more have all been tapped for local shows. And by local, we mean everywhere from Pappy & Harriet’s to the Santa Barbara Bowl, with spots like the Roxy and the Regent in between.

Tickets are already on sale for a couple of shows, but there are three major on-sale dates to keep in mind: February 17, February 24 and March 3. You’ll find the corresponding on-sale dates below.

As in past years, some shows are being promoted under the FYF Presents banner—lest you forget that Goldenvoice’s hometown fest has moved up to July this year. 

In the meantime, here’s the full list of shows in a much more searchable format for your pleasure.

Mar 4

Chicano Batman
The Roxy

Apr 7

Denzel Curry
The Glass House (Pomona)

Apr 8

The Head and the Heart
Arlington Theatre (Santa Barbara)

Apr 11

Banks + Jack Garratt
Fox Theater (Pomona)

Sampha
El Rey Theatre

Apr 12

Crystal Castles
The Glass House (Pomona)

Francis & the Lights
El Rey Theatre

Apr 13

Bishop Briggs
El Rey Theatre

Future Islands
The Roxy

The Head and the Heart
Pappy & Harriet’s

Joseph
Constellation Room (Santa Ana)

Little Dragon
Pappy & Harriet’s

Oh Wonder
The Glass House (Pomona)

SOHN
Fonda Theatre

Two Door Cinema Club
Fox Theater (Pomona CA)

What So Not
The Novo

Young Turks in Palm Springs
With Ben UFO, Four Tet, Francis & the Lights, Jamie xx, Kamaiyah, Sampha, PNL
Palm Springs Air Museum (Palm Springs)

Apr 14

Two Door Cinema Club + Grouplove
Santa Barbara Bowl (Santa Barbara CA)

Apr 17

Banks & Steelz
El Rey Theatre

Bonobo
The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Car Seat Headrest
The Regent

Kaytranada
Fox Theater (Pomona)

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
The Roxy

Mura Masa
The Glass House (Pomona)

Nicolas Jaar
Pappy & Harriet’s

Apr 18

Blossoms
The Echo

Bonobo
The Glass House (Pomona)

Breakbot
The Roxy

DJ Shadow
Fonda Theatre

Galantis
The Novo

Glass Animals
Fox Theater (Pomona)

Hinds
The Regent

Little Dragon
The Observatory (Santa Ana)

Mura Masa
El Rey Theatre

New Order
Santa Barbara Bowl (Santa Barbara)

Apr 19

The Avalanches
Fonda Theatre

Bastille
The Novo

Empire of the Sun
Shrine Expo Hall

Future Islands
The Glass House (Pomona)

Glass Animals
Pappy & Harriet’s

Hinds
The Observatory (Santa Ana)

Jack Garratt
The Roxy

Local Natives
Fox Theater (Pomona)

SURVIVE
El Rey Theatre

Tacocat
Constellation Room (Santa Ana)

Apr 20

Car Seat Headrest
Pappy & Harriet’s

Future Islands
Pappy & Harriet’s

Lil Uzi Vert
The Observatory (Santa Ana)

Mitski
The Glass House (Pomona)

Moderat
The Mayan

Pond
The Echo

Roisin Murphy
Fonda Theatre

Röyksopp
The Novo

Swet Shop Boyz
The Echoplex

Whitney
El Rey Theatre

Apr 21

Daphni
Lot 613

Floating Points (Live)
El Rey Theatre

Honne
The Roxy

Jai Wolf
The Glass House

Roisin Murphy
Fonda Theatre

Apr 22

Glass Animals + Little Dragon + Jagwar Ma
Santa Barbara Bowl

Guided By Voices
The Roxy

Whitney
The Glass House

Apr 23

Phantogram
The Glass House

Apr 29

Chicano Batman
The Glass House (Pomona)

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Here’s the new plan for a shorter Plaza at Santa Monica

The long-discussed Plaza at Santa Monica project, planned for city-owned land in Downtown Santa Monica, has once again resurfaced with a new, slightly pared down design.

The project, which would replace a group of bank buildings and surface level parking lots, has been in development for several years. A city committee initially selected a plan from developer Metropolitan Pacific Capital and designer OMA, the architecture firm headed by Pritzker Prize winner Rem Koolhaas. The city council later rejected that option, only to reselect it after an affordable housing component was added.

But city officials still worried that the project had a few too many notes, so to speak, and, as the Santa Monica Lookout reports, the council asked for a height reduction in 2015. Renderings of the smaller project have now been unveiled and members of the public will be able to comment on them in writing until March 2.

Under the new plans, the project will range in height from 19 feet to 129 feet at the peak of its fan-like design. That’s down from a peak of 148 feet in the previous proposal. The new plans have also eliminated more than 200,000 square feet of office space and added 85 hotel rooms.

At this point, the mixed-use development will include 106,000 square feet of creative workspace, a 280-room hotel, 42,200 square feet of retail space and restaurants, 48 units of affordable housing, a grand plaza, two street-level pocket parks, another park on the second floor, and 12,000 square feet of cultural space.

The Lookout notes that even with a scaled-back design, the project may encounter resistance from residents who argue the entire site should be reimagined as a public park.

In November, Santa Monica voters rejected a ballot measure proposed by opponents of the Plaza at Santa Monica Project. It would have forced developers to get voter approval for most projects taller than 32 feet.

Just Opened: “Be the Astronaut” Exhibit Launches Kids into an Outer Space Adventure

Just Opened: “Be the Astronaut” Exhibit Launches Kids into an Outer Space Adventure

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Your little explorers are used to high-flying adventures around town. Blast off to one more expedition at the brand-new interactive exhibit, Be the Astronaut at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. NASA experts helped design this stellar experience where your kids will virtually launch a rocket, pilot a spaceship and drive a surface rover. Your out-of-this-world adventure begins in 3…2…1…

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1,2,3 Steps to 3,2,1, Blast Off
Kids will love having a hands-on role in this exhibit. There are three courses, Moon, Mars or Jupiter & Asteroids, that are divided into separate missions, with options such as: fly to the moon, land on the moon, or drive a rover on the moon. Each mission cycles through three different station types: NAV, SCI and FLY. Kids can get an Astronaut ID swipe card to use at each of these stations to track their journey. The ID card is theirs to keep, so they can return to the exhibit and pick up where they left off and continue their mission.

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Mission Control at Their Fingertips
The exhibit features eight navigation stations, eight science stations and sixteen fly stations that are all equipped with touchscreens and a joystick controller to make navigation a cinch for tech-savvy kids. At the NAV station (short for celestial navigation), kids plan their mission. At the SCI station (short for science and technology), kids learn about space travel machines, the science of astronomy, and about how astronauts stay healthy and safe in outer space. The FLY station is where they’ll enter the simulator module, immersed in visual, lighting and sound effects to fly the spacecraft on the flight path they designed.

Virtual astronauts are on-screen and along for the ride to advise and educate your young pilots with instructions and narrations on the journey, offering insights such as “we’re about to break the sound barrier,” and “we are moving at 25,000 miles an hour now.”

Insider’s Tip: Younger kids will be in awe of this exhibit, but older children will be more equipped to comprehend the science and intricacies of each mission and better able to accurately navigate a mission at one of the flight stations.

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Above and Beyond
Beyond the thirty-two stations, the Be the Astronaut exhibit has additional points of interest including a life-size spacesuit, and displays that explain more about the challenges, dangers and current research into space travel. Other topics visitors will learn about include food and nutrition for astronauts in space, the effects of microgravity on the human body, and the dangers of radiation.

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More Lunar Learning
The museum’s permanent Apollo 9 exhibit, located just before the entrance to the Be the Astronaut exhibit, is also a must-see. The real Apollo 9 command module (pictured above) is located here, and visitors get an up close view inside of it, and a real feel for the tight quarters in which astronauts travel. You’ll also see the transcripts and hear authentic voice recordings of the astronauts on this mission playing in the background. Don’t miss the collection of moon rocks brought back from the Apollo 11, 15 and 17 missions!

San Diego Air & Space Museum
2001 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, Ca 92101
619-234-8291
Online: sandiegoairandspace.org
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mon.-Sun.
Cost: $19.75/adults; $10.75/children 3-11 years; Free for children under 2
Note: The Be the Astronaut Exhibit costs an additional $5/person on top of the regular admission fee.

Will you check out this new exhibit? What are your insider tips for visiting the Air & Space Museum? 

Copy and Photos: Beth Shea

Fanciful 52-story tower intended as ‘gateway’ to Downtown Los Angeles

Bold renderings have emerged for a whimsical 52-story tower proposed for just south of the Los Angeles Convention Center. The tower would hold a mix of housing, hotel rooms, shops, and offices on the site of the Toyota of Downtown LA dealership.

The tower, at 1600 South Figueroa, is intended to serve as a “gateway” to Downtown Joel Miller of consulting engineering firm Psomas tells Curbed.

He said the developer, a parking lot company called L&R Group of Companies, “wanted fanciful designs” for the project because it’s intended to mark the entryway into Downtown from the south. (The site sits just north of the 10 Freeway, widely considered to be the southern boundary of Downtown LA.)

Miller emphasized the renderings are conceptual, but the building is “designed to be a vertical neighborhood,” Miller said, mixing 336 residential units, a 250-room hotel with retail and offices in one visually exciting structure.

According to the Downtown News, the project’s ground level would hold 9,000 square feet of retail space. Above that, there would be 6,500 square feet of office space. The fifth through 18th floors would hold the hotel and its 3,000-square-foot restaurant.

The 19th floor would mark the start of two, separated sections of the project, which would hold residential units. Above that, residential units would continue in the section above those two segments—the part that looks like hanging gardens in the rendering.

Penthouses will go in at the very top of the project, in the section that looks like the structure’s cocktail hat. In all, the tower would hold 202 condos and 134 rental apartments.

Running with the idea of presenting a visual entrance to DTLA, Miller says that the renderings show that the two, distinct residential sections in the project are actually meant to be angled differently than the rest of the building, so they look like a literal door or gate opening into Downtown.

L & R Group of Companies purchased the Toyota lot in April 2016, and filed plans for the tower Wednesday. Psomas is handling the land use entitlements for the project.

A timeline for the project has not been released.

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