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Downtown LA’s historic Foreman and Clark building could bring housing to the Jewelry District

13 stories with ground-floor retail

There’s been a bit of back and forth in the plan to redo the Jewelry District’s historic Foreman and Clark building. Past plans have included a mixed-use conversion and even a hotel. Now, a new filing with the city's planning department indicates that the relatively new owner, Canada-based Bonnis Properties, wants to turn the 1929 building into housing with about 8,500-square-feet of retail space on the ground floor.

The 13-story Foreman and Clark building at 7th and Hill was designed by Curlett & Beelman Architects. (Curlett & Beelman were the architects of Westlake’s Park Plaza Hotel, currently under redevelopment by the owners of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.) The Foreman and Clark building is so called because it once housed the flagship store for men’s clothing purveyor Foreman and Clark on its second through fourth floors. The clothier left this location in the 1960s.

The Art Deco-Gothic building is also a city Historic-Cultural Landmark, a designation it received not only for its remarkable architectural elements, but also because it symbolized the "expansion of the early Broadway shopping district," according to its application for landmark status.