Aren’t pretty much all bookstores beautiful in some way? There’s nothing like walking into a store filled with books filled with all that wonderful knowledge to feed the mind. And what’s even more beautiful to me as a passionate urbanist is seeing another amazing bookstore like Hennessey and Ingalls open here in Downtown LA, continuing the trend of centralizing (or consolidating) some of the best LA has to offer into the region’s most walkable, transit-oriented urban center — the best antidote for LA’s insurmountable suburban sprawl.
Hennessey and Ingalls is now open in Downtown LA’s very up and coming Arts District, located ideally across the street from SCI-Arc, one of the best architecture schools in the country. And it just so happens that this amazing bookstore is one of the largest bookstores of its kind in the country focusing mostly on art, architecture, and design categories. The family-owned mom and pop company was founded in 1963 by Reginald Hennessey right here in Los Angeles.
For years, I would visit Hennessey and Ingalls’ other locations in Santa Monica and Hollywood and hope for the day that they would eventually open one in downtown. I would always say to myself, “I want Hennessey to open downtown!” Well, thanks to DTLA broker Danielle Cornwell, who not only represented the bookstore but helped guide them downtown, Hennessey and Ingalls opened a beautiful 5,000 square foot store in late February inside the still pretty new One Santa Fe mixed-use project, which has 438 apartments above 78,000 square feet of commercial space below.
Speaking to Brett Hennessey, the founder’s grandson and now owner, Hennessey and Ingalls made a tough-but-necessary decision to relocate their entire operation to downtown closing both their Santa Monica and Hollywood stores last year. In my book, that makes them even more special and unique to be here in Downtown LA becoming another solid anchor in the rapidly growing Arts District.
To learn more about Hennessey + Ingalls, please visit them online.