1100 Wilshire | Los Angeles Conservancy
Courtesy CBRE Urban Redevelopment Group

1100 Wilshire

Designed by the renowned firm of A. C. Martin Partners, this building on the western edge of downtown Los Angeles never truly served its intended use as office space.

Its unusual design featured a twenty-one-story triangular tower perched atop a sixteen-story parking structure. It sat mostly vacant for years.

Though the building didn’t attract office tenants, its stellar views of the L.A. basin and Pacific Ocean made it a great fit for residential conversion. It reopened in 2007 as 228 luxury condominiums with retail and commercial space on the lower floors.

2218 E. First St., formerly home to Redz. Photo by Manuel Huerta/L.A. Conservancy

Redz (Former)

One of the few lesbian bars to cater to Latinas opened in Boyle Heights in the 1950s.
Photo by Jessica Hodgdon/L.A. Conservancy

Wells Fargo

A deconstructed version of a building looking at first more like a drawing of a building than the thing itself, Gehry's design fragments the building into separate parts that play with light, shadow, and reflection.
Papa Cristo's
Papa Cristo's. Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy.

Papa Cristo's

The family-owned business remains a Pico-Union institution.