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Here’s a glimpse at the renovations underway at the old L.A. Herald-Examiner building

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It's clear the building is in need of a lot more TLC

Images by Patrick Lee

Curbed got a look at some of the work being done to renovate the long-empty Los Angeles Herald-Examiner building, designed by Hearst Castle architect Julia Morgan, in south Downtown Los Angeles.

Crews have already removed cement that blocked two of the building's original exterior arches and have installed new glass windows at the corner of 11th Street and Broadway, beneath the original "Herald-Examiner" sign.

We were able to look inside the first floor—which is slated for restaurants and retail—and saw that the interior has been gutted and is awaiting further renewal.

The exterior of the historic Mission Revival/Spanish Colonial-style building otherwise remains in poor shape: Paint is peeling, wrought iron appears weathered, and the beautiful tile and other details have seen better days.

Former Herald-Examiner publisher Hearst Corp. and its partner, Georgetown Co., own the building, which will be converted into creative office space and first-floor restaurants, with completion sometime this year, the Los Angeles Times reported. Architecture firm Gensler is overseeing the renovation.