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Downtown's Barn Lofts: Not Just for Sugar

All images via the Rockefeller's web site

A brick building and artist-studios built in 1909, Barn Lofts at 940 East 2nd Street was once used for the storage of sugarcane and sugar beets and how did ya know--it's going condo. Being transformed into 38 total condominiums ranging from 1,200 to 2,300 square feet. "We are inserting condos basically into the shell. Everything inside will be demolished, we're saving all the brick walls and re-furbishing those," project architect Mark Przekop, at El Segundo-based Rockefeller Partners Architecture, tells us. "We're taking off the roof, too and putting in a new roof, units will have skylights, and all the units will have decks." More details about the project via the architect's web site and rendering goodiness--and a look at those skylights-- after the jump!

Located in an industrial area of downtown, this brick warehouse and artist-studios was built by the Spreckel brothers at the turn of the twentieth century and used for the storage of sugarcane and sugar beets until 1947.

"In 2006, RPA was hired to convert the structure into market-rate condominiums. All units will be three levels: ground floor for office/studio, main floor for living/dining room and kitchen, and third level as master suite. The long, shed-like building is conducive to open, New York loft-style units and includes open steel beams, large windows, and exposed brick walls. An underground parking garage will provide access to the units and loading docks will be converted to exterior entrances with balconies. Trees planted around the periphery will soften the industrial edge of the neighborhood and offer shade."