The W.P. Story Building at 6th & Broadway. This garage entrance before & after is a spot-on representation of what was over a 1/2 century of neglect in Downtown Los Angeles. I walked by this entrance hundreds of times before finally noticing there was likely more to it than meets the eye.
Anyone in the market for a 1926 Deco theatre?
Originally opening as the West Coast Granada in Wilmington, the 1,100-seat theatre was financed by C.W. Post (as in Post Cereal). Shortly after opening, the theatre was run by Fox West Coast and advertised as the Fox Granada.
Over on Fairfax, between 3rd and Wilshire, awaits a treasure box called Tini. Short for ‘This Is Not Ikea,” the massive two-story space is overflowing with unique, vintage home decor items handpicked by the ever-tasteful owner, Alexis Hadjopulos, from a multitude of eras that are anything but mass-produced and flat packed in a box.
With everything from Midcentury credenzas, 1940s TV sets, fur coats, chandeliers, superhero lunch pails and 80’s grunge wall posters, and so. so. so. much more, TINI doubles as a museum of the evolutional styles of the American home. You could spend an hour passing through the multiple (and usually themed) back rooms without realizing that your parking meter has been blinking EXPIRED for the last 18 minutes before you even reach the upstairs.
The Hotel Figueroa was built in 1925 as a YWCA. It stands today overlooking Staples Center and the L.A. Live Complex.