Kelly Wearstler designs downtown LA’s own hotel


Downtown LA proper is a new boutique hotel located in Los Angeles, California, designed by Kelly Wearstler. The property has 148 rooms in the heart of downtown’s South Park area, adjacent to the Fashion District. The building was originally built by Los Angeles architects Curlett & Beelman in the 1920s as a private club.

Wearstler reimagined the space by combining the building’s historic history with a modern palette that would fuse elements of Spanish, Portuguese, Mexican and Moroccan design. Over 100 different types of hand-painted and custom tiles were used by Wearstler, along with murals and site-specific installations by local artists.

Specially designed furnishings in charcoal and mauve tones bring a deeply residential feel to the rooms and suites. A highlighted accommodation is the 2,500 square foot Proper Pool Suite featuring a full-size indoor pool accented by a ceramic mural by local artist Ben Medansky.

As Wearstler described it, “The design of the hotel was greatly inspired by the community – early California, the Spanish missions, and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner building across the street. The building is also a historical and cultural monument, so we have retained some of the original integrity and fabric, such as the window frame and stonework, while elevating it with jewel tones, contemporary patterns and plasters.

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