Construction is going up on the southeast corner of Wilshire and Crenshaw where an under-utilized parking lot sat for years, surrounded by a rim of Oleander trees. What’s next? A monolithic 30 unit apartment complex. Building is underway.
The four-story property brought to the neighborhood by the developer “4180 Wilshire LLC” is a pseudo-Mediterranean style that features a clay tile roof, precast trim, cornices and pillars, and wrought iron balconies. It may try to reference some of the stately homes in nearby Wilshire Park and Windsor Village, but is one of those over-sized, uninspired buildings that completely lacks originality.
Too bad the architects couldn’t play off the renown Harbor Building, just across the street to the north, that the LA Conservancy recognizes for its perfect combination of “Late Moderne and Corporate International” styles. Built in 1958 by Claud Beelman (who also did the Standard Oil Building downtown), the Harbor Building is clad mainly in white marble with stainless steel spandrels and windows and, though vast in size, is elegant and impressive at the same time.
The new apartment building at 4180 Wilshire butts right up to the busy intersection, with just 10 feet of green footage in the front and 15 feet in the back – a mere strip – and appearing to use a density bonus as approved by City Planning. The complex will have 30 units total, with three designated for very low-income residents. Parking for 67 cars is on one level beneath the building.
Editor’s Update – 5pm: We stand corrected. The building will actually be five stories high along Wilshire, three stories tall in portions adjoining single-family homes on Bronson, and only two stories high along much of Crenshaw, to allow for a rooftop garden (that also increases the lot coverage to 60% versus the normal limit of 50%.) There will be 29 apartments, not 30. We hope to update the revised rendering of the building once we obtain it.