Tom Gilmore (property developer)

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Tom Gilmore
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Born 1953
Known for American property developer

Tom Gilmore is a downtown Los Angeles-based developer of residential and commercial properties whose early projects in the city's historic core led to the largest resurgence of real estate investment and development the city has experienced in nearly a century.

Gilmore began his career by building a small architectural firm in New York and eventually relocated to Los Angeles, leading to his partnership with Jerri Perrone.[1] In 1998, Gilmore and Perrone formed an independent development firm, Gilmore Associates, to embark upon the redevelopment of the Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles.


His vision for Downtown Los Angeles as a thriving, self-sustaining urban community led him to purchase four abandoned historic buildings: the Continental, the Hellman, the San Fernando, and the Farmers and Merchants National Bank—all of which are located in Downtown Los Angeles and collectively renamed by Gilmore and Perrone as the “Old Bank District.” [2] Gilmore was the first developer to utilize the newly minted Adaptive Reuse Ordinance of 1999, which enabled him to convert historic commercial buildings into mixed- use residences, ultimately catalyzing the widespread redevelopment and revival of Downtown.[3]

His ingenuity and tenacity has been recognized through major projects he has spearheaded— notably— Vibiana, a development of the former St. Vibiana’s Cathedral as a performing arts center, event facility, and restaurants. Gilmore’s most recent ongoing project is the transformation of the historic spaces within the Hellman Building and the former Farmers and Merchants National Bank into a contemporary museum showcasing Los Angeles based art on S Main St in Downtown, aptly named the Main Museum.

Since Gilmore's first historic building opened to residents in 2000, more than 60,000 new residents now call downtown Los Angeles home and more than $5 billion in residential, business, entertainment and arts projects have been introduced to the city center.

Civic Activities[edit]

Gilmore and the Old Bank District 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.[4] Gilmore is committed to the community and its long term improvement and growth by being actively involved within the community.

Community Affiliations[edit]

Gilmore's commitment to the civic identity of Los Angeles is evident in his former roles as Commissioner Chair for the LA Homeless Services Authority and Executive Committee Member of the Central City Association. Gilmore continues to be involved in civic affairs as the Chairman of Southern California Institute of Architecture and Sister Cities of Los Angeles, and as a board member of Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Bureau.



  1. ^ Robert A. Jones, "Reclaiming the Badlands", "Los Angeles Times Magazine", October 3, 1999.
  2. ^ Frances Anderton, "Swank Plans In Skid Row Los Angeles", "The New York Times", January 25, 2011. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  3. ^ Richard Guzman, "Adapting the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance", "Los Angeles Downtown News", January 31, 2012. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  4. ^ Justinian Jampol, "The Wende Museum", "The Downtown Art Walk", 2011. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  5. ^ "Central City Association Names Treasures", "Los Angeles Downtown News", April 2, 2010. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  6. ^ "OBD-X Block Party", "DTLA Buzz", August 19, 2010. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  7. ^ "Past Award Winners - Citizen of The Year", "Woodbury University", 2008. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  8. ^ "Donald Trump Award Video" on YouTube, 2008. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  9. ^ "Lofts in Downtown Los Angeles", "California Green Solutions", December 1, 2006. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  10. ^ "The AIA| LA Presidential Awards", "American Institute of Architects". Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  11. ^ "Charlie Awards", "Hollywood Arts Council", 2008. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  12. ^ Emily Young, "Reinventing The Past, One Chair at a Time", "Los Angeles Times", March 21, 2002. Retrieved February 7, 2012.