cleaned and repaired atrium skylight spans the entire five stories.
Top Right: The cascading marble stairs of the atrium
Bottom Right: Ground floor staircase
restored this late 19th-century architectural treasure by renewing
what was architecturally and culturally authentic and important. And,
for the 21st century, she modified and added the elements needed to
make it functional. The result is a harmonious whole that complements
Ira Yellin, Developer
Completion date: 1991
Downtown Los Angeles
The Yellin Company
78,000 square feet
Built for mining tycoon Lewis Bradbury, the 1893 building is a National
Register Landmark and one of the most significant existing structures
in Los Angeles' architectural heritage. Likely the most photographed
structure in the city, it is the location of many movies, including
"Blade Runner", Ridley Scott's science-fiction cult film.
The restoration included seismic, code and infrastructure upgrades,
the stabilization and conservation of the exterior masonry and sandstone
and of the interior surfaces of glazed and unglazed brick, ceramic
tile and marble floors, and cast iron. The atrium skylight was cleaned
and repaired; new alabaster lighting was designed.
Exterior street-level improvements have included the redefinition
of a storage area into a rear entrance portico which connects the
atrium lobby to an adjacent urban park and parking structure. Ground-floor
retail storefronts have been re-designed to accommodate a variety
of tenants, while remaining compatible with the historic facade.