Brockman Building

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Brockman Building and New York
Cloak and Suit House (annex)
Brockman Bldg - Los Angeles.JPG
Brockman Building, July 2009
Brockman Building is located in Los Angeles Metropolitan Area
Brockman Building
Location 520 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, California
Coordinates 34°02′49.07″N 118°15′23.14″W / 34.0469639°N 118.2564278°W / 34.0469639; -118.2564278Coordinates: 34°02′49.07″N 118°15′23.14″W / 34.0469639°N 118.2564278°W / 34.0469639; -118.2564278
Built 1912
Architect George D. Barnett
Architectural style Classical Revival, Romanesque Revival, Beaux-Arts
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 08001276[1]
Added to NRHP May 21, 2009

The Brockman Building is a 12-story Classical and Romanesque Revival building located in Downtown Los Angeles. Built in 1912, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009. The building was built in 1912 for John Brockman (1841-1925) and designed by George D. Barnett (1863-c. 1925) of Barnett, Haynes & Barnett. The Brockman Building was the first building west of the Broadway Commercial District to reach the city's 150-foot height limit.[2] Brockman's move started a westward movement of the downtown commercial district and turned Seventh Street into the city's high-end retail district. Several department stores (including the original J.W. Robinson Co.) and office buildings were developed along Seventh Street after the Brockman Building was completed.[2]

The building was converted into an 80-unit condominium project from 2006 to 2008, but the building's owner filed for bankruptcy protection before the project was completed.[3] The building was owned by Bank of America until April 2012,[4] when it was purchased by Denver's Simpson Housing LLC in what was reported as "the second highest price-per-unit sale in Downtown Los Angeles’[s] history." There were reportedly 26 offers for the building. The largely-finished lofts will be luxury rentals.[5]

The Bottega Louie restaurant has operated on the building's ground floor since 2009.[6][7][8]

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  1. ^ "NPS Focus". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved June 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form for Brockman Building and New York Cloak & Suit House (DRAFT)". Jones and Stokes. July 2007. 
  3. ^ "When Bad Business Is Good for Business". Los Angeles Downtown News. September 11, 2009. 
  4. ^ Ryan Vaillancourt (January 5, 2011). "Bank of America Retains Brockman: Bank Considering How to Sell Building, Though No Opening is Scheduled". Los Angeles Downtown News. 
  5. ^ "TODAY’S DEALS: Colliers Sells a Landmark L.A. Loft Property". Multi-Housing News Online. April 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Take an Activist Role on Brockman Building". Los Angeles Downtown News. April 9, 2010. 
  7. ^ S. Irene Virbila (July 1, 2009). "Bottega thinks big; The portions, crowds and noise are ample. Yet the prices at this downtown L.A. Italian spot are affordable". Los Angeles Times. 
  8. ^ Betty Hallock (April 29, 2009). "High hopes for Bottega Louie". Los Angeles Times.