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Exclusive new details on Downtown LA's trendy Proper Hotel

Set to open in spring 2018

The red brick building at 11th and Broadway that was once home to Case Hotel is edging closer to becoming the Downtown LA Proper Hotel. Work to transform the space into a 148-room luxury hotel began this month, as it's set to open in the spring of 2018, according to an announcement from Kor Group, which is developing the hotel with its partner Stork/Alma Development Group.

The building at 1100 South Broadway was constructed in 1926. In the decades since then, it was a private club in the 1930s (Commercial Club of Southern California), a hotel (Cabrillo Hotel in the early 1940s, the Case Hotel from the late 1940s to the mid-1960s), and a YMCA from 1965 to 2004, according to architecture firm Omgivning. (Farther north on Broadway, Omgivning is designing another high-profile restoration at the enormous Broadway Trade Center.)

Images provided by Omgivning offer a peek inside the former hotel and YMCA as it morphes into a luxurious new hotel, which will be run by Proper Hospitality, featuring interior design by Kelly Wearstler. The images show the backdrop for the Proper's future hotel rooms, pool suite, penthouse bar, and more. Here's the floor-by-floor breakdown of what’s to come for the historic structure, from the bottom up:

  • The second basement, the lowest level basement, will hold a 2,300-square-foot bar.
  • The first basement, closer to the ground floor, will hold a 1,900-square-foot restaurant as well as the hotel kitchen.
  • On the ground floor, 3,500 square feet will be devoted to a combination hotel lobby, bar, and "3-meal restaurant."
  • The second through 13th floors will hold those 148 hotel rooms.
  • The fourth floor’s original banquet hall will be transformed into hotel lounge that’s also event space.
  • On the sixth floor, a two-story basketball court will be converted into a 1,320 square foot "screening room suite."
  • The seventh floor’s existing indoor swimming pool will be converted into a 2,520 "pool suite" with an active pool.
  • Up on the roof, there will be a penthouse bar (670 square feet) and a 4,200 square foot bar with a pool.

The original architects of the future DTLA Proper were Curlett and Beelman, and their fantastic work on the Renaissance Revival-style building helped it secure Historic-Cultural Monument status in 2014. Curlett and Beelman also designed the Park Plaza hotel in Westlake, the Talmadge apartment building in Koreatown, and the Jewelry District’s Foreman and Clark building, which is being converted right now to residential.

The Proper brand also just announced plans for Santa Monica outpost at Seventh and Ocean Avenue that will be part of a combination adaptive reuse and new-build project.