Art District, Los Angeles
Located in the heart of L.A.’s burgeoning Arts District, Third & Traction is a mixed-use complex combining unique and thoughtfully-integrated retail, restaurant, live/work, and public gathering spaces. RYDA’s renovation transformed the property into a distinctive hub for the local community, amplifying its most successful features while evolving it for modern use.
1910 Original Build
Originally built in 1910 by prominent design firm Richards-Neustadt Construction Company, this historic site has lived many lives, transforming from baking supply warehouse to envelope manufacturing plant to artist-in-residence space throughout the twentieth century. Aiming to preserve the building’s industrial character while augmenting its functionality, RYDA carefully restored its existing brickwork, integrating understated Beaux-Arts detailing on the façade.
Just beyond the property’s ground-floor retail spaces, the Courtyard at Third & Traction is an intimate respite from the bustling streetscape. The sunny patio offers a publicly-accessible yet pleasantly secluded space for meeting a friend, enjoying a meal, or relaxing with a cocktail.
The lushly greened rooftop restaurant space enjoys abundant sunlight from the neighborhood’s low skyline and sits in view of several expansive murals characteristic of the area.
A stone’s throw from Downtown L.A., the Arts District is characterized by its low-rise warehouses and wide, sunny streets. Originally an industrial hub, the city rezoned the area in the late 1970’s to accommodate an influx of working artists, resulting in the prevalence of unique live/work spaces that persists today. Echoing its creativity-fueled past, the neighborhood continues to bloom into a haven for cutting-edge culture, socially-conscious commercial activity, and abundant street art.