A boutique hotel, envisioned as a “dreamy mix of the elegant and bizarre”, has opened up inside a 1970s firehouse in Los Angeles.
The property marks the first boutique hotel in the city’s up-and-coming Arts District, and is aptly named the Arts District Firehouse Hotel.
The property is housed in an old firehouse, which was built in 1927, and contains nine suites, alongside a restaurant, bar, cafe and retail shop.
Entrepreneur Dustin Lancaster spotted the property over 10 years ago when it was being used as a gallery space. He then enlisted developer Tyler Stonebreaker of Creative Space for the build-out.
“The adaptive reuse and historic restoration took exactly two years from start to finish, from the initial property tour to the opening day of the hotel,” Stonebreaker told Dezeen.
The exterior – recognised for its scarlet garage doors and Engine Co No 17 etching — is protected as a registered historic building. In response, the duo found select moments within the interior to pay homage to its significant history, while leaving the facade untouched.
“Functionally it was challenging to maintain and expose the original surfaces, while also providing hotel guests the quiet and comfort they would expect from a luxury boutique hotel,” Stonebreaker added.
To address the concern of sound-proofing the space, the original tin ceiling on the ground floor was stripped to add acoustic separation, then reattached….