at the corner of Broadway and West 11th Street, the Los Angeles
Transit Building was completed in 1922 as the headquarters for
the Yellow Cars rail transit system. Although not as well known
as the Red Car system, the Yellow Cars carried many more passengers.
This excellent example of Beaux-Arts architecture subsequently
became the Main Office of the Rapid Transit District and is currently
in use primarily for garment manufacturing. In 2002 the City of
Los Angeles created an Adaptive Reuse Ordinance that facilitates
the restoration of historic commercial structures for residential
use. Designed under the terms of this ordinance, 1060 Broadway
is to be converted into 61 residential units including four penthouses.
The north end of the tower, on axis with Broadway, will have a
duplex with new floor to ceiling windows and balcony carved into
a blank portion of the façade originally used for signage.
Rooftop additions will provide upper level penthouses for an additional
three 10th floor units giving access to private roof terraces.
A common amenity terrace is also located on the roof. All units
will have exposed concrete ceilings, bamboo floors and finishes
commensurate with the current residential marketplace.