[Photo top of post] The Douglas Building was personally our favourite space due to the saturation of light allowed by windows located almost 360 degrees around the unit. Large custom built rolling doors allowed for whole rooms to be partitioned off, while a skylight overhead bathed the loft with a luxuriant glow. We also appreciated the dark bathrooms, that played in obvious contrast to the rest of the residence.recent House Tour, this unit unfortunately suffered from what we call "empty loft syndrome": too much space with tight, floating groupings of furnishing that didn't tie in altogether. That being said, the owner had an impressive and beautiful selection of furnishings and decorations. This unit also had the largest bathroom we had ever seen, likely at one time a public restroom renovated for private use.
Overall, we had a great time traversing across Downtown Los Angeles, not only enjoying the residences opened up on the Dwell on Design tour, but also talking with other tour participants, the cheerful staff (one who was a big AT fan!), and experiencing the myriad of other ornate buildings that line the historical core of Downtown LA. One note on our wish list for next year's tours is that Dwell provides shuttle service to farther located residences for us who decide to walk most of the route; we had to skip out on the last location near Little Tokyo due to time constraints (we were also just being plain beat). Parking specific to the tour attendees at a discount price would be nice too, since it's not cheap to park, drive, then park again (AT reader carpool group next year anyone?). Another wish list item is supplementing the tour with a recorded podcast to accompany you on your tour with historical and architectural information, strengthening what is the beginning of what we hope to be an annual event for all of us decor and architecture buffs out there. We can't wait till next year's line up...thanks Dwell!
Special thanks to Michael Sylvester and Greg McElroy at Dwell.