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Historic Medical Building Converted to 42 Lofts in Downtown LA City West

Holland Partner Group has converted this 8-story medical office building in Downtown LA's City West into 42 new loft-style luxury apartments called The Mint (Photo: The Mint)

City West is one of Downtown LA’s least talked about community districts — sorta like the red-headed stepchild of the DTLA family! But that’s only because it hasn’t hit a critical mass yet (not enough restaurants, stores, residential developments, etc.), and there’s still that inconvenient chasm known as the 110 Freeway that divides it from the rest of the Financial District core. Nevertheless, things are slowly changing as more mixed-use projects are added (like the 210-unit 1111 Wilshire that opened in 2013), which will help usher in a new urban energy that will create the stronger pedestrian cross-flow between City West and the Financial District. And part of that exciting change is the addition of a new adaptive-reuse project called The Mint that is filling up with new residents who now call City West home.

Located at the southeast corner of 6th and Lucas across the street from the Good Samaritan Hospital, The Mint is a handsome historic white edifice standing 8-stories tall. Construction on the $12 million project started in mid-2014 by developer Holland Partner Group converting what used to be a medical office building into 42 luxury loft-style apartments for rent including studios and one-and-two bedroom units with polished concrete floors. Sizes go from 480 square feet on the smaller end to the largest units at 915 square feet with prices ranging from $2085 to $3055 a month.

Amenities onsite include a rooftop deck with lounge seating and BBQ grill taking advantage of the spectacular Downtown LA skyline to the east. Down on the ground floor, a fancy-furnished lounge room called “The Parlor” beckons residents to surf the Internet in a relaxing environment. Downtown LA architecture firm Omgivning were the interior architects for The Mint’s common areas such as the roof, lobby, corridors, leasing office, parlor room and one-bedroom model unit (pictures below). They complemented the inherent classic space with modern fixtures and furniture.

The Mint is also part of a much larger $200 million project Holland is currently building adjacent to the site that will include a massive new ground-up mixed-user with 648 apartments for rent and 25,000 square feet of retail mostly facing 6th Street that will help activate this desolate stretch of town. Accordingly to Holland, an indie grocery store will likely be the anchor tenant that will cater to the new residents so they don’t have to travel too far to grab groceries.

Built in 1923, The Mint was designed by Dodd & Richards (PacMutual Building additions, Brockman Building annex) in the Beaux Arts style and features an intricate cornice at the top of the structure. Originally used as an executive medical office building for Good Samaritan Hospital, a cooperative of physicians known as the Medical Office Building Company constructed and operated the building. The most compelling aspect of the building lies in the walls and floors themselves. The concrete used to construct The Mint was mixed with aggregate and rock dredged out of the Los Angeles River.

To learn more about The Mint, please visit them online.

The Mint's grand front entrance faces 6th Street

The Mint’s grand front entrance faces 6th Street

The original brass elevator doors have been polished and restored to look brand new

The original brass elevator doors have been polished and restored to look brand new

A close-up shot of the caduceus symbol, which has been used erroneously since 1902 as the medical symbol in the United States, when its true meaning represents commerce, hence, the building's new name "The Mint"

A close-up shot of the caduceus symbol, which has been used erroneously since 1902 as the medical symbol in the United States, when its true meaning represents commerce, hence, the building’s new name “The Mint”

The hallways in The Mint building

The hallways in The Mint building

A one bedroom model unit at The Mint shows lots of windows and beautiful concrete floors and columns

A one bedroom model unit at The Mint has lots of windows and beautiful concrete floors and columns

The bathroom has a walk-in shower

The bathroom has a walk-in shower

The open kitchen with island bar

The open kitchen with island bar

High-end Electrolux washer and dryers included in the units

High-end Electrolux washer and dryers included in the units

The model bedroom

The model bedroom

The beautiful stairwell that winds down The Mint

The beautiful stairwell that winds down The Mint

The Parlor on the ground floor is a comfy place for residents to relax and unwind

The Parlor on the ground floor is a comfy place for residents to relax and unwind

The rooftop lounge deck offers spectacular views of the DTLA skyline

The rooftop lounge deck offers spectacular views of the DTLA skyline

BBQ grill offers opportunities for outdoor gatherings

BBQ grill offers opportunities for outdoor gatherings

I'm liking the Bose speakers on the lounge deck

I’m liking the Bose speakers on the lounge deck

Holland Partner Group's 648-unit mixed-user is rising next door

Holland Partner Group’s 648-unit mixed-user is rising next door

Bonus Picture

Holland Partner Group has saved this original "Humpty Dumpty" scene painted on the wall of the former nursery in the basement that once served the children of the Good Samaritan medical employees

Holland Partner Group has saved this original “Humpty Dumpty” scene painted on the wall of the former nursery in the basement that once served the children of the Good Samaritan medical employees

12 Comments

    • Jake says

      Who in the world are comp-ing these apartments ??!!?? So the target resident of the “new-downtown” is undeniably upper class. I’m not asking for the downtown I moved to almost 9 years ago, but come on. I’ll just stay put in my $1800 ~ 1000 square footer on Broadway. These prices are laughable and sad at the same time.

      • corner soul says

        The market seems due for a harsh correction if this continues… but bigger picture, we’ve collectively made it pretty tough (both politically, and financially) for smaller, community-driven developers to get in the game and build market rate housing at lower price points. Until we fix that, I don’t see much changing… hopefully re:code LA helps (and has teeth), but color me skeptical.

  1. KNG says

    City West doesn’t get talked about very much because it’s not part of downtown. 101 freeway to the north, LA river to the east, 10 freeway to the south and the 110 freeway to the west. That’s downtown.

    • JDRCRASHER says

      At this point, those boundaries, official or not, are pretty much outdated.

      Lucas/6th/Union/1st/Beaudry to the West, Cesar Chavez to the North, the river to the east, and Washington Blvd to the South, more reflect the general area of that Downtown activity encompasses.

  2. sebstian says

    They need to make better connections to City west to make it part of downtown, the freeway definitely cuts it out. The park they so much talked about would be a great benefit for City West.

  3. Chris De Pretis says

    Love it!

    Thanks for all the positivity Brigham! I love to see LA grow and revitalize and too many publications take a negative view on its change.

  4. bob devin jones says

    beautifully restored building
    city west is coming along just fine
    i do not however think of that area as “desolate”
    just a lovely work in process
    And I agree with JDRCRASHER the boundaries of DTLA need a little more elasticity
    and thank you Brigham for all you do to chronicle the Renaissance that is transforming America’s truly 21st century city.

    • corner soul says

      Agreed… Teragram Ballroom and Monty Bar are both around the corner on 7th. Kinda reminds me of the vibe in Echo Park or Historic Core 10 years ago.

  5. Being in this area, I liked the momentum that Plan Check helped jump start. But now we need a grocery store like Trader Joes or a 365 from Whole Foods, hopefully an In&Out, and finally…can someone please open a yoga & cycling studio up in here?!

  6. Darryl Pardo says

    Just signed a lease in this building. Great vibe here lots of professional people younger that appreciate good bones. The Apt. Is immaculate with modern day conviences combined with a sense of the past. You must be kidding not part of downtown?? It’s 1/2 Mile away from the financial! I actually like the 110 boundry it’s like having a fence around your house.

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