The Douglas Building is a remarkable presence on the corner of Third and Spring Streets in the historic section of downtown Los Angeles. This notable building is the legacy of T.D. Stimson, (1827-1898) a lumber baron turned real estate mogul who fostered commercial development in Los Angeles during the 1890’s. It was designed in 1898 by San Francisco architects James and Merritt Reid.
The architect behind the building’s renovation was Rocky Rockefeller of Rockefeller Partners Architects. Aside from running his architecture firm, Mr. Rockefeller teaches on the subject at the University of California in Los Angeles. The renovation’s unique architectural features include high ceilings, exposed brick walls, restored double-hung windows, historic tile and hardwood flooring, state-of-the-art kitchens, and Waterworks bathtubs.
The scope of work for this project was extensive. The building had been abandoned for some time and we were employed to do a full adaptive reuse. Construction included a complete demolition of the interior and remodel of the entire interior space. Highlights of this work included: the construction of a new subterranean parking garage; an elevator modernization; full seismic upgrades; facade and window restoration; and installation of a central skylight.