Commercial Club building in downtown Los Angeles designated to National Register

The nearly century-old Commercial Club tower, now the site of a boutique hotel, in downtown Los Angeles was named to the National Register of Historic Places.

The National Park Service, which oversees the register, made the announcement through its weekly email Monday.

The building at 1100 S. Broadway sits just a few blocks from the original western terminus of Route 66 at Seventh and Broadway before it was realigned westward to Santa Monica. It was built circa 1925-26, about the time the highway was certified.

The 13-story skyscraper is the home of the 147-room Downtown L.A. Proper Hotel, plus the Caldo Verde and Cara Cara restaurants. The hotel opened last summer.

According to the Pacific Coast Architecture Database, Los Angeles architects Aleck Curlett and Claud Beelman designed the Italian Romanesque Revival Style building for the Citizens Mortgage Company, which leased many of the upper floors to the Commercial Club private club that included famed director Cecil B. DeMille as a member.

It later became a YMCA during the 1960s, undoubtedly because it originally was built with a full gymnasium on the sixth floor. It also was the Cabrillo Hotel or Case Hotel from the 1940s to the ’60s, according to LA Curbed.

In 2013, a syndicate of buyers comprised of real estate developers Frank Stork, Channing Henry and the Kor Group bought the building for $13.5 million.

(Excerpted image from Google Street View of the Downtown L.A. Proper Hotel in Los Angeles)

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