Van Nuys Apartments
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|Van Nuys Apartments|
|Location||210 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
|Architect||Morgan, Walls, and Clements|
|Architectural style(s)||Renaissance Revival|
The Van Nuys Apartments were developed by their namesake – Isaac Newton Van Nuys – in 1913 as a financial center in the heart of Los Angeles. The building was designed by the architecture firm Morgan, Walls & Clements, who designed other notable landmarks such as the Mayan Theater, El Capitan Theater, and The Citadel. The 26,528 sq ft (2,464.5 m2) building features an 11-story steel frame with masonry-clad walls; its primary facades facing Spring street and 7th street.
Upon its opening, First National Bank occupied the entire first floor and basement of the building, while Dean Witter & Company, Merrill Lynch, and other financial services firms occupied offices in the upper floors. The building served as a bank and office building until the late 1970s.
In 1982 the building was converted into a 299-unit residential complex reserved for low-income senior citizens via funds from the HUD and CRA/LA. The conversion also included rehabilitation, and the creation of 13,000 sq ft (1,200 m2) of retail space on the ground floor. The basement was converted into parking.
The L.A. Conservancy has deemed the Van Nuys Apartments building a historic landmark.
The Van Nuys Apartments
Recently the Van Nuys Apartments underwent a $47.97 million dollar renovation. The renovation focused on restoration of the historic elements (primarily on the exterior of the building), remodeling of the units’ interiors, and repair of the building’s rooftop. Approximately $50,000 of hard cost per unit was spent on remodeling the interiors of each of the 134 studios, 155 one-bedroom, and 10 two-bedroom apartments.
The Van Nuys apartment community is a HUD subsidized, project-based Section 8 property; catering to seniors over 62 years of age and individuals with disabilities. The property features on-site security 24 hours per day and a recreation room.
In addition to the 299 residential units, the building also features 5 commercial spaces. Versalles Beauty Salon and Super Collection clothing are 2 of the current tenants.