New Pershing

Los Angeles, CA Downtown Los Angeles

  • Client : Skid Row Housing Trust
  • Cost : $16M
  • Size : 60,000 SF / 69 units
  • Completion Date : 2015
  • Project Type(s) : Affordable Housing, Senior and Special Needs Housing, Historic Adaptive Reuse


  • The New Pershing Apartments is a reconstruction of a three-story Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Hotel at the southeast corner of 5th and Main. The adaptive reuse work was a complex process of integrating design, construction management, and planning to bring this building back with a new meaningful purpose, while still paying special attention to the preserving the historic character and charm of the original Pershing Hotel.
  • The new construction includes 69 studio apartments each with its own bathroom and kitchenette. The building’s area was increased from 37,000 to 60,000 SF to provide space for larger apartments, management and resident services offices, a community room, and parking. The apartments are set around a landscaped central courtyard with gardens and bamboo. Communal garden plots cover the lower rooftop and are popular among the formerly homeless tenants.
  • The double height spaces along Main Street have been reconditioned for restaurant and retail use and maintain an attractive pedestrian presence.

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