Historic Core, Los Angeles
The ornate streetlamps of Downtown L.A. are beloved by city natives and visitors alike. Many were designed and manufactured at the historic Forve-Pettebone building, in which the Forve-Pettebone gas and electrical lighting company operated from 1905. RYDA restored the Historic Cultural Monument-certified building to showcase its original vibrancy while updating its interior design and functionality for use by an innovative commercial tenant.
1905 Original Build
Wolcott Interior Architecture
One of the first buildings completed on this historic stretch of Broadway’s Theater District, the Pettebone building is situated among some of the neighborhood’s most recognizable architectural structures, including the Roxie Theater and the Jewelry Trades Building. In efforts to preserve the Pettebone’s historically significant past and distinctive details, RYDA successfully secured Historic Cultural Monument certification for the building in 2016.
During Hollywood’s golden age, the Broadway Theater District was a destination for star-studded movie premiers, extravagant entertainment, and lavish shopping. Today, while many of the District’s structures have been adaptively repurposed as modern housing, hotels, and shopping centers, the original Beaux-Arts exteriors and flamboyant architectural details are still in full, dramatic display.