Broadway Hollywood Lofts History
The 1927 Renaissance-style tower was designed by noted Los Angeles architect Frederick Rice Dorn, with an international-style addition by Parkinson & Parkinson added in 1938. The building originally opened in 1927 as B.H. Dyas Specialty Emporium before becoming the keystone to the Broadway Department Store chain. The building was prominently featured in the Charlie Chaplin film Modern Times (1936) as well as many other films.
The converted building includes 96 loft condominiums with interiors redesigned by Kelly Wearstler Interior Design, with residential conversion being handled by Killefer Flammang Architects. Open floor plans include large private balconies and terraces in some of the lofts, which range from 931 to over 2,000 square feet.
The ten-story Broadway Hollywood Building’s construction in 1928 helped to usher in a spatial shift that opened the doors for large-scale retail development outside of downtown Los Angeles. It also was the first department store to introduce women’s slacks. The new loft residences occupy the top eight floors of the structure.