Sunday, March 2, 2008
525 East 12th Street – map
So, how many times have you been at the corner of San Julian and East 12th in the Fashion District, looked up, and thought, “Gosh, I sure hope that giant box is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument?” My guess is, never.
For just $150,000, Lemuel Goldwater and Morris Cohn put up this building in 1909 for their clothing company. What makes it special is that it’s Los Angeles’s first modern steel-reinforced concrete factory building. The structure’s roomy, too; ZIMAS lists it as having nearly 80,000 square feet.
Here’s an early picture of the landmark, thanks to USC’s Digital Archive. Sadly, that columnated awning is gone.
And, below, from the city’s Department of City Planning website, is a shot taken sometime after the 1973 designation when it was home to Central City Mini-Storage.
This part, on the San Julian side, looks like the oldest part of the monument's facade:
Today, as you can see above, the Cohn-Goldwater Building is home to a variety of apparel-related tenants, from Funkyberry to ASSA, an unfortunate acronym if I’ve ever heard one. The good news is the building, after a century, is back being part of L.A.’s garment industry, even if this ASSA wasn’t the ASSA I assumed it’d be.
Up next: Saint Sophia Cathedral