New 6th Street Courtyard Coming to PacMutual Building in Downtown LA

An artist rendering of what the new courtyard will look like when the Verizon section is removed from the PacMutual Building along 6th Street (Photo: Rising Realty Partner)

An artist rendering of what the new courtyard may look like when the “Verizon section” is removed from the PacMutual Building along 6th Street (Photo: Rising Realty Partners)

Earlier this month DTLA Rising broke the news that popular health-conscious eatery Tender Greens is officially coming to Downtown LA later this year, opening a 3,300 SF location at the PacMutual Building by Pershing Square, which was purchased last April 2012 by urban-minded developers Rising Realty Partners. But the exciting news doesn’t stop there. A new courtyard will be “carved out” of the PacMutual Building fronting 6th Street that will complement the arrival of Tender Greens by allowing for expanded outdoor patio dining. The proposed courtyard really isn’t “new” to be exact but is actually just restoring what was originally there: a historic courtyard created when the PacMutual Building expanded early on in the building’s history.

The PacMutual Building actually consists of three separate historic buildings built at different times and connected together including: the original 6-story 1908 structure facing Pershing Square, a 12-story 1921 addition (the largest out of the three) along 6th and Grand Ave, and another 4-story 1926 structure adjacent to the Biltmore Hotel sometimes referred to as the “Carriage House” (where Nasty Gal is taking 50,000 SF of creative office space).

Restoring the original courtyard will entail removing a small one-story building along 6th Street currently housing the Verizon Wireless Authorized Dealer retail store, which will relocate in April to another retail space near the building’s main entrance currently occupied by employment agency Manpower (leaving at the end of March). This small one-story building, which was added sometime after WWII, is sandwiched between the original 1908 portion of the PacMutual Building and the 1921 addition. Rising Realty Partners will be working with the LA Conservancy and a historic preservation architect to restore the historic courtyard. Work is slated to begin in late April after Verizon relocates.

The long-term goal for the PacMutual Building when Rising Realty Partners purchased it last year was to reposition the beautiful-but-outdated historic structure into a valuable community asset for Downtown LA. Signing on Tender Greens is part of that long-term strategy to bring the building back to relevancy within the community. Due to Tender Green’s popularity, we can expect to see a strong lunch and dinner crowd, which will help activate this block day-and-night along 6th Street (between Grand and Olive). Unlike 7th Street, now deemed Downtown LA’s “Restaurant Row,” 6th Street has been struggling to gain a strong identity. The addition of a courtyard, which will be shared by Tender Greens and another restaurant, will provide for a great new space for those who live and work downtown to congregate, adding more life and a stronger “sense of place” to an evolving urban street.

Past

The red arrow points to the historic courtyard that existed before a one-story building was built there after WWII

The red arrow points to the historic courtyard that existed before a one-story building was built there after WWII

Present

The popular health-conscious eatery from Culver City, Tender Greens, will be opening at the PacMutual Building near Pershing Square

The Verizon section will be removed and work will be done to restore the original historic courtyard that will also expand outdoor dining for Tender Greens

Future

Another rendering shows what the new courtyard may look like depending on the condition of the facades when they are exposed after removing the current "Verizon building" (Photo: Rising Realty Partners)

Another rendering shows what the new courtyard may look like depending on the condition of the facades when they are exposed after removing the current “Verizon building” (Photo: Rising Realty Partners)

15 responses to “New 6th Street Courtyard Coming to PacMutual Building in Downtown LA

  1. Amazing! What a great space that’s going to be.

  2. Looks cool… This would definitely be a great spot for those of us who go to any of the nearby gyms up on Flower/Fig, and want a healthy meal afterwards. I just hope they stay open for dinner, as a lot of the shops in the financial district seem to close once the office crowds shuffle out.

  3. Also, the more veggie/vegan options downtown, the better!

  4. DTLA is getting better and better FAST!

  5. Thanks to the investors who believe in DTLA!

  6. Now if they could only reapply the ornamentation on the original Pershing Square facing structure that was lost during a “modernization” decades ago.

    • I completely agree… That smaller buildings beaux arts exterior needs to be restored… The bland facade that’s there now is such a turn off to that corner of pershing square. It looks like there was stairs leading to an entrance as well that isnt there anymore :( it would be so beautiful if it does get restored.

    • I went on a walking tour once and I *think* I remember the gentleman giving the tour saying that the facade was added on as a sort of cover and not a complete removal. Hopefully it’s still underneath intact.

      • I was just looking at this building from the front – it’s hard to say for sure, but it does look like the original facade is just covered up. There are these odd cut outs/windows which seem odd to me as what’s behind doesn’t seem to align right. Who knows though. On the courtyard side the original facade is still intact, at least above the one story structuree, which will be nice. As to the stairs, the angle up is still there on the corner, there’s just a short ramp now.

  7. Lets restore Pershing Square, and get rid of the walls and Purple color

  8. Kudos to the Risings for taking on the responsibility of forging a new identity for this classic address while preserving its history. Well done.

  9. I don’t like so much the fenced off table seating it should be open.

  10. This is going to be fabulous, Tender Greens makes the most delcious and healthy salads, can’t wait!!

  11. Follow PacMutual building on Twitter and Instagram where this delicious eatery will be located!
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    http://www.risingrp.com

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