Downtown LA Proper

Los Angeles, CA
The 13-story, 115,000 square foot renaissance revival building was completed in 1926 to be the home of the Commercial Club of Southern California. Once complete, it will become the newest addition to the Proper Hotel collection, a luxury hotel and venue.
  • $168.5 Million
  • $24.1 Million Federal HTCs
  • The KOR Group
  • Andrae Baly, abaly@ntcic.com
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Background

The 13-story, 115,000 square foot renaissance revival building was completed in 1926 to be the home of the Commercial Club of Southern California, a “business club and social arm of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce,” organized by prominent oil industry figure J. Ward Cohen. The Commercial Club differed from other clubs of its type, aiming to be more inclusive and focus on business and development networking. During its heyday, the club served many prominent Angelenos including Cecil B. DeMille, Harry Warner, and the heads of many industry moguls. The club is cited as a major contributor in bringing the 1932 Olympic Games to Los Angeles.

The organization ceased operation in 1932 as a result of the economic collapse of 1929 and, by 1947, the building was converted to the Case Hotel. It remained a hotel for nearly 20 years before transitioning to a YWCA Job Training Corps in 1965. The development team and their affiliate acquired the building several years after the YWCA moved out in early 2012.

The Project

Once complete, the former Commercial Club building will become a 148-room luxury lifestyle hotel known as the Downtown LA Proper. It will feature a broad mix of rooms and suites, each highlighting the distinct architectural features of the historic site; a private movie screening room; a rooftop bar and restaurant; and a public-facing restaurant on the ground floor. Additional space in the lower level is anticipated to be filled by a nightclub venue.

Kelly Wearstler, dubbed “the presiding Grande Dame of West Coast interior design” by the New Yorker, will spearhead the design of the building’s interior spaces, and James Beard award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and The Lucques Group will oversee food and beverage services.

The building is being redeveloped by the KOR Group, an award-winning development team with over two decades of experience in ground-up construction and adaptive reuse. They have been recognized in the industry as a leading innovator in the design and development of lifestyle properties and have received numerous accolades. The Proper Hotel brand currently has three other hotels, each opening their doors within the last five years – San Francisco Proper, Santa Monica Proper, and Austin Proper.

Economic and Community Impact

NTCIC facilitated the investment in the $24.1 million of federal Historic Tax Credits generated by the $168 million historic revitalization efforts. The project was estimated to generate 156 construction jobs and an additional 762 permanent direct jobs based on the Preservation Economic Impact Model (PEIM) created by the Center for Urban Policy and Research at Rutgers University.