Since moving to Los Angeles in March 2015, I've had various moments that have taken my breath away and absolutely amazed me - the kind you "oooh" and "ahhh" over. And stepping inside this hidden gem, the Fine Arts building in the financial district of Downtown LA, was definitely one of them. LA: if you keep swooning me like this, I may never be able to move away from you!
Built in 1928, and today declared as an official Historic-Cultural Monument in Los Angeles, this Los Angeles landmark building was originally built to house galleries of local DTLA artists. Today it houses both studios and galleries for local artists throughout its 13 stories, and the lobby is open to the public daily, featuring rotating artist's work each month. My friend Crystal (@QueenofSmarts on Instagram; who introduced me to this space - thank you, my friend!) and I entered the space around 11:30am and on a Saturday, and other than a security guard standing behind a reception deck, we were the only ones in there. I immediately thought, "Whoa. How come I've never seen or heard anything about this building?" I guess that's what makes it such a special "hidden gem." Both the exterior and interior are impressively designed with a Romanesque style, and some of the interior design touches make me feel like I was back in the 1920's. I was especially a fan of the beautiful, vintage mailboxes toward the back of the lobby area, the intricate detail in the bronze elevator doors, and the decorated ceilings with vintage chandeliers. The artwork and sculptures in each of the glass casings lining the walls of the lobby were interesting to read about and beautiful as well. We took our time to visit each casing, read about the artist and their work, and soak in all that this special place had to offer.
If you're a fan of beautiful architecture, a free adventure, and love art - look no further, my friend. This almost 100-year old building is just the place for you to explore. Stat. Take your time to marvel in the design both outside and in, while you browse the works of art available for the public's enjoyment.
Hours of Operation
Unfortunately, I was unable to find the lobby's hours online and also couldn't find a contact phone number to call and ask. I visited on 11:30am on a Saturday and had no problem entering the space.
811 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90017
Los Angeles continues to inspire me with its special hidden gems, one-of-a-kind historic landmarks, and impressively designed architecture. Looking forward to what I will discover next!
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L.A. is an amazing and diverse city full of culture, history, art, nature, museums, and attractions - which results in countless things to do & see - no matter your budget. Time after time I find that when you seek new adventure, you will find it!
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