Tom Gilmore (property developer)

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Tom Gilmore was born and raised in New York.[1] Trained in architecture and design he headed a small architecture firm in New York before moving to Los Angeles in the early 90s. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles Gilmore got involved in real estate and development when he worked for Sentinel Real Estate, which owned the International Jewelry Center.[1] In 1996 the building was sold to Judah Hertz and Gilmore was eventually appointed President of Hertz Investment Group where he acquired and leased several historic structures in Downtown Los Angeles.[1]

In 1998, Gilmore decided to work Downtown real estate on his own when he formed his own development firm, Gilmore Associates, to acquire and rehabilitate under utilized historic properties in the Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles.[1] He began to couple his vision for Downtown Los Angeles as a thriving urban environment with a primary focus on rehabilitating historic buildings.

His vision of a vibrant urban community would largely be developed after the proposal and passage of the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance in 1999. The Adaptive Reuse Ordinance allowed developers to create Downtown housing through the conversion of commercial buildings much easier and less costly than before, with the goal of stimulating even more redevelopment Downtown.[2]

As the first developer to utilize the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance in Los Angeles, which opened up a new avenue for the renovation of the city, Gilmore has been a driving force in the redevelopment of Los Angeles’ urban spaces and a major catalyst for Downtowns revival and great residential boom.


Gilmore is known for developing the "Old Bank District" in Downtown Los Angeles, which consist of 4 historic buildings; three of which have been converted into 250 loft-style apartments along with the Farmers and Merchants Bank, which is often used as event space. He has also had a hand in redeveloping both the Rowan lofts and the El Dorado hotel, both residential complexes located in the Old Bank District.[3] Gilmore has also gone onto develop the former St. Vibiana’s cathedral as a performing arts center with event facilities located in Downtown Los Angeles.[4]

Civic Activities[edit]

Gilmore is involved in an organization known as Chrysalis, which works to help economically disadvantaged and homeless individuals find and maintain employment through their resources and support.[5] Gilmore and the Old Bank District also work in conjunction with the Downtown Art Walk to lend support and help cultivate the artistic culture of the community which takes place in the district and other Downtown neighborhoods.[6] Gilmore is committed to the community and its long term improvement and growth by being actively involved within the community.

Community Affiliations[edit]

Gilmore currently resides as a Board Member on the Southern California Institute of Architecture and serves as the secretary of the board.[7] He also serves as an Executive Committee Member on the Central City Association in Los Angeles.[8] Formally, Gilmore was both the Commissioner and Chair of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority [9] as well as an Executive Board Member of the Historic Core Business Improvement District.



  1. ^ a b c d Robert A. Jones, "Reclaiming the Badlands", "Los Angeles Times Magazine", October 3, 1999.
  2. ^ Richard Guzman, "Adapting the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance", "Los Angeles Downtown News", January 31, 2012. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  3. ^ Frances Anderton, "Swank Plans In Skid Row Los Angeles", "The New York Times", January 25, 2011. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  4. ^ Richard Guzman, Jon Regardie, and Ryan Vaillancourt, "Vibiana - Mixed Use", "Los Angeles Downtown News", September 20, 2010. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  5. ^ "Chrysalis in Autumn", "Chrysalis", November 3, 2011. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  6. ^ Justinian Jampol, "The Wende Museum", "The Downtown Art Walk", 2011. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  7. ^ "Board of Trustees", "Southern California Institute of Architecture". Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  8. ^ "Current Members", "Central City Association of Los Angeles", 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  9. ^ Betsy Streisand, "The City of Angels Struggles to Deal With a Devil of a Place", "US News and World Report", December 10, 2006. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  10. ^ "Central City Association Names Treasures", "Los Angeles Downtown News", April 2, 2010. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  11. ^ "OBD-X Block Party", "DTLA Buzz", August 19, 2010. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  12. ^ "Past Award Winners - Citizen of The Year", "Woodbury University", 2008. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  13. ^ "Donald Trump Award Video" on YouTube, 2008. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  14. ^ "Lofts in Downtown Los Angeles", "California Green Solutions", December 1, 2006. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  15. ^ "The AIA| LA Presidential Awards", "American Institute of Architects". Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  16. ^ "Charlie Awards", "Hollywood Arts Council", 2008. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  17. ^ Emily Young, "Reinventing The Past, One Chair at a Time", "Los Angeles Times", March 21, 2002. Retrieved February 7, 2012.