Residential Conversion

Historic Foreman & Clark in Downtown Los Angeles to become apartments

Architecture News West
Los Angeles–based OKB Architecture have released renderings for the mixed-use conversion of a historic department store in Downtown Los Angeles.  (Courtesy OKB Architecture)
Los Angeles–based OKB Architecture have released renderings for the mixed-use conversion of a historic department store in Downtown Los Angeles. (Courtesy OKB Architecture)

OKB Architecture has released renderings that depict planned renovations to the historic Foreman & Clark building in Downtown Los Angeles. The L.A.-based firm will convert the former department store and office building into a mixed-use apartment complex containing 125 units and 8,500 square feet of ground level retail.

Renderings for the mixed-use conversion depict renovated ground floor retail areas and a new residential entrance along 7th Street. (Courtesy OKB Architecture)

The building dates to 1928 and is organized along a series of double-loaded internal corridors, which, along with many of the building’s original decorative elements, will be retained through the conversion. The proposed apartments will ring the building’s exterior facades, with one set of units looking out over a large fifth floor courtyard and the others along the perimeter of the structure. The building will contain a collection of one- and two-bedroom units.



A fifth floor terrace will contain integrated seating areas, a shade pavilion, and modest plantings. (Courtesy OKB Architecture)

New additions to the structure include renovations to the fifth floor terrace overlooking the street and the addition of a new rooftop penthouse level. The shared terrace will contain building amenities like integrated seating areas, shade pavilions, and modest plantings.

The complex will contain a rooftop penthouse suite and terrace. (Courtesy OKB Architecture)

Renderings for the project depict updated ground floor retail areas with double-height glass-clad storefronts buttressed by low walls. The renderings also depict a new, more prominent residential lobby entrance along 7th Street marked by an oversized awning.  

Renderings for the new apartments depict rough finishes and spare interiors. (Courtesy OKB Architecture)

The project joins a growing number of new developments within and around Downtown Los Angeles’s historic Broadway Theatre District, including a forthcoming 450-unit condominium tower inspired by the surrounding historic mercantile structures by architects Hanson LA. Because many of the area’s structures are historically significant, many of the new developments in the district consist of interior renovations and condominium and office conversions.

A timeline for the Foreman & Clark project has not been announced.

Related Stories