The project is being handled by developer Allen Gross’s real estate firm Standard Development. Gross was the mover back in 2012, when he bought the structure and the last news came that the office building might be making the switch to residential. The architecture firm Omgivning is doing the renovation. The firm is also working on the massive Broadway Trade Center reboot (to turn it into a huge retail/hotel/food hall complex) and the conversion of the former Case Hotel building into a Proper hotel at Broadway and Eleventh Street.
The Banco Popular Building was built in 1903 and designed by Alfred F. Rosenheim, who designed the house in Country Club Park made famous by the TV show American Horror Story. The LA Conservancy says the Beaux-Arts building was originally commissioned by Hermann W. Hellman, a wealthy merchant and banker. The building has some incredible details: a white marble lobby, a curving marble staircase, and a stained glass dome “lit with natural sunlight from the central light well.” The building was sold in 1976 to the Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, “After years of decline in the 1960s and ’70s.” The Banco Popular dropped nearly $4 million on renovations of the building.
· Banco Popular Building Begins Residential Conversion [ULA]
· Old Bank District’s Banco Popular Building to Be Apartmentified [Curbed LA]
· Banco Popular de Puerto Rico [LA Conservancy]