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See the Big Transformation at Hollywood's 1924 Taft Building

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Late last month, the historic Taft Building at Hollywood and Vine unveiled the result of a $15-million series of upgrades that exposed some of the structure's original beauty and beefed up its ability to withstand earthquakes. Originally opened in 1924 as Hollywood's first high-rise office building, the Taft was once filled with movie biz tenants like Will Rogers, Charlie Chaplin, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and numerous publicists and agents, says the LA Times. In the 1980s, a remodel put in some then-fashionable, now-dated features like drop ceilings, carpet, and coverings for the handsome brick, completely hiding so many of the attractive features that newish owners DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners are now proudly showing off. These before and after photos show how the light of this historic gem was hidden under a bushel of drywall and high-traffic carpeting. The results are very much the stylish office space, but also pretty practical; central air and heating will be introduced in phases as new tenants come in.


· Taft Building, an aging Hollywood hot spot, gets a makeover [LAT]