District La Brea
Los Angeles, CA
An Eclectic Group of Under-Utilized Buildings Renovated into a Street Retail Destination
Project Details


Los Angeles, CA

Practice Theme

Building Community + Place

What We Did



110,000 sq. ft.
Located in L.A.’s evolving mid-city neighborhood, this adaptive reuse project preserves an eclectic group of buildings while allowing tenants’ identities to be a focal point.

District La Brea encompasses one city block (110,000 sf) consisting of façade renovations, store interiors, and streetscape work to introduce pedestrian vitality. Sited on La Brea between 1st and 2nd streets, District La Brea now fits seamlessly among a diverse and dense collection of residential, studio, and retail facilities. Initially, an automobile dealership and then the headquarters of Continental Graphics Corporation, the eleven-building property had existing features that were preserved and highlighted in the renovation. Wood truss ceilings, steel beams, and exposed brick were all elements that maintained the traditional fabric of the project and support the unique aesthetic that defines La Brea.


AIA Long Beach/South Bay Merit Award

La Brea Shopping: New Stores Revive Old District

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