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Proper Hotel Team

Project Lead – Morgan Sykes Jaybush, OMGIVNING

Client – Noah Gigliotti, Vice President, Development, The Kor Group

Interior Designer – Luke Kielion, Kelly Wearstler

Entitlements Consultant – Elizabeth Peterson-Gower, Elizabeth Peterson Group, Inc.

Structural Engineer – Ryan Wilkerson, Nabih Youssef Structural Engineers

Mechanical/Plumbing Engineer – Ryan HAUG, Henderson Engineers

Historic Preservation Consultant – Tara Hamacher, Historic Consultants

Lighting Designer – Tom Ruzika, The Ruzika Company

Landscape Architect – Dawn Dyer, Studio MLA

Waterproofing Consultant – Jeff Neilson, formerly with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Specifications Writer – Gloria Abston, Pawprint Specs, LLC

Pool Consultant – Drake Woods, Addison Pools

Low Voltage Consultant – Martin Thornos, Convergent Services

Construction Manager – Ed Kustanovich, Kustanovich Construction Consultants

Civil Engineer – Kira Delk, KPFF

Electrical Engineer – Dennis McVay, Salas O’Brien

Food Service Consultant – Frank Muller, Muller Design

Acoustic Engineer – Wayland Dong, Veneklasen Associates, Inc. 

Facade Access Consultant – David Ortiz, Olympique

Downtown L.A. Proper Hotel

The Proper Hotel of Los Angeles is a winner for the 2022 Preservation Design Award for Rehabilitation. Award recipients are selected by a jury of top professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, planning, and history, as well as renowned architecture critics and journalists. Tickets and sponsorship options are available at californiapreservation.org/awards.

About the Proper Hotel Project

Adaptive reuse conversion of the 1926 Commercial Club to a 148-room hotel, the Downtown LA Proper Hotel.  Compliance with the City of LA’s mandatory Non-Ductile Concrete Retrofit Ordinance. Participation in the Rehabilitation Tax Credit program with the National Parks Service.

Located on South Broadway in the South Park district of Downtown Los Angeles, the building was constructed as a private men’s club called the Commercial Club of Southern California. The lower floors were operated as a part of the club, including lounges, a billiard room, card room, grill room, main dining room, gymnasium, racquetball court, locker rooms, barbershop, and a swimming pool on the 7th floor. The remaining upper floors were devoted to 126 guest rooms for the members. The conversion to the Downtown LA Proper Hotel included retention and rehabilitation of as many of these spaces that still remained as possible. The hotel now contains 148 guest rooms and suites, and two restaurants along with a rooftop spa, bar, and restaurant.  The racquetball court and 7th-floor pool have been retained and converted to premier suites, while the main dining room was preserved in its entirety.

Featured Image Courtesy Hunter Kerhart