downtown los angeles, historic core

Finally, Downtown LA Hotel Clark Moves Forward: Facade Refurbishment, Alcohol License

Work began this week on the facade refurbishment of the Hotel Clark to be under the King & Grove boutique hotel brand (Photo: Elan Feldman)

Work began this week on the facade refurbishment of the Hotel Clark to be under the King & Grove boutique hotel brand (Photo: Elan Feldman)

Patience is a virtue, right? Not for urbanists who want to see more of our neglected blocks in Downtown LA cleaned up and activated as quickly as possible. That impatience (read: eagerness) applies especially to the Hotel Clark project located near 4th and Hill where the future downtown streetcar is planned to pass right on by along Hill Street. DTLA Rising first reported in Dec 2011 that the historic, long-vacant Hotel Clark building, owned by NY-based Chetrit Group, would be brought back as a hotel and operated under the King & Grove boutique hotel brand (keeping the “Hotel Clark” name intact). Over the last year and a half, there was very little known about the project timeline as the Chetrit Group never revealed information to the public or media. Nevertheless, we knew work continued inside the hotel, albeit at a glacial pace. We saw the orange curtains in the rooms, spotted mattresses stored in the building, and found a video showing the finished rooftop pool, but that was about it.

Given the mystery surrounding the Hotel Clark’s construction timeline, it was especially exciting to see work resume this week on the much needed facade refurbishment — a sign that we are closer to the finish line. Downtown resident, Elan Feldman, spotted activity yesterday and sent in these great shots showing green tarp covering the fire escape next to the Hotel Clark vertical neon sign and construction crews applying gray paint to the building facade.

Feldman describes the situation perched high atop across the street: “They’ve been scraping the paint off and seeing if anything falls off. They’ve blocked off the sidewalk while they’re doing the work. I can’t see what they’re doing under the green tarp but it sounds like they’re scraping away. The guys in the harness are going up and down scraping off the paint. You can see that in the second picture and they might be painting it GREY?!”

In addition, another downtown resident sent in a public notice dated February 27, 2013 that the Hotel Clark owners applied for a Type-47 liquor license that includes beer and wine to be consumed in a restaurant environment only. Yet another sign that things are finally beginning to move forward. Basically, we can assume that most of the work is completed on the inside of the hotel and now the facade improvement is probably the last major hurdle before opening the hotel probably (read: hopefully) later this year.

Gray paint being applied to the facade

Construction crews work on the facade refurbishment (Photo: Elan Feldman)

The historic 1912 Hotel Clark will be brought back to life as a new boutique hotel operated by King & Grove under the Hotel Clark name (Photo: Elan Feldman)

The historic 1912 Hotel Clark will be brought back to life as a new boutique hotel operated by King & Grove under the Hotel Clark name (Photo: Elan Feldman)

11 Comments

  1. excited about all of it….except the painting of the facade. seems like a cheaper alternative than cleaning the terracotta.

  2. William says

    I think that the grey may just be a primer coat–I hope. A building like that should be painted a dazzling white. Otherwise, it looks to be a good renovation to a strikingly handsome building. I wonder what the fate is of those hideous squat buildings next door. Unfortunately, they typify the thoughtless “junky” infill that occurred on many streets downtown, especially Broadway. Oh, how I wait for the day when downtown has the continuity of say downtown San Francisco or Boston.

    • The white structure immediately next to the hotel is apparently an annex of some sort because it houses the hotel’s pool.

      Next to that is the blue “American Mart” building (more on that later) and beyond that is a jewelry business. I figure the latter will remain in operation, as it seems to comprise the northernmost reach of the Jewelry District.

      As for the American Mart building, I’m starting to suspect it may be more than just generic, “‘junky’ infill”. While its bland, ugly exterior is undoubtedly an eyesore, the presence of a full fire escape leads me to believe that this may just be an unfortunate facade over an otherwise historic building, built in an era of the fire codes of yore.

      Anyone have any insight on this building?

  3. downtown resident says

    what an amazing looking building. Can’t wait for this to open ASAP!

  4. sebastian says

    Brigh, do you know if they will also put up Facaude lighting?

  5. This is great news. Refurbishing the old is imo the most exciting part of the dt LA renaissance.

  6. brudy says

    Just was outside looking at it. It seems like they’re just testing different colors or primers.

  7. I recently received a notice that the hotel union, Unite Here, is appealing the granting of the liquor licenses, and there’s an appeal hearing forthcoming. Which leads me to believe that the owners were hoping to have a non-union labor hotel.

  8. The ground/lower level facades still seem to need a lot of work. I assume they’ll board up the area like they did with Coco Laurent and are doing with the new Terroni restaurant– then we’ll really know they are nearing the finish. Right now the Ace Hotel progress is kicking Hotel Clark’s butt– they’ve got scaffolding, machines and workers all over. Hope to hear/see progress on the Trinity Auditorium/Hotel next and soon!

  9. Lynxwiler says

    Are they seriously painting the terra cotta on the hotel’s facade? Really?

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