While I was down in the Los Angeles Historic Core and Theatre District a month ago, this building caught my attention more than once. It can be seen from various vantage points all over downtown Los Angeles. I decided to find out what it was.
As it turns out, the Eastern Columbia Building, also known as the Eastern Columbia Lofts, is considered one of the twenty most iconic buildings in Los Angeles. The Art Deco building at 849 S. Broadway in the Broadway Theater District opened on September 12, 1930 as the new headquarters for the Eastern Outfitting Company and the Columbia Outfitting Company.
With its bright turquoise terra cotta tiles and four sided clocktower, the building is widely considered the greatest surviving example of Art Deco architecture in the city. The Eastern Columbia was listed as Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 294 in 1985 and is considered a world-renowned Art Deco landmark.
In 2006, a two-year $80-million renovation of the building converted it into 147 condominiums. These live/work lofts showcase the timeless details of the early 20th century with modern upgrades. Units in the building have sold for record prices among condos in the Historic Core, but should you buy one you will have some of LA’s finest architectural treasures and celebrities as neighbors.
Historic buildings surrounding the Eastern include four designated Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments as immediate neighbors. These include the 1926 Orpheum Theatre, the 1927 United Artists Theater Building (Historic-Cultural Monument No. 523), which is now the Ace Hotel Los Angeles, and several other historic buildings in the Broadway Theatre District and the Historic Core.
If you are more interested in celebrities as neighbors, actor Johnny Depp acquired five penthouses in 2007, totaling a combined 11,500 square feet of space. Actor Tom Sizemore is said to be residing there as well as John Stamos. (note: Johnny Depp sold the last of his units off in November 2017, but other celebrities seem to continue moving into the building).
So there you have it. The Eastern Columbia Lofts is one of LA’s most iconic buildings, designated as and surrounded by buildings on the Historic-Cultural Monuments register, and occupied by A-List Celebrities.
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