Again, The Stylist is not just about style in regards to clothing, but also about the style interwoven into our surroundings–the design of interiors, exteriors, and architecture of buildings towering above us as we walk through downtown. Speaking of downtown, Los Angeles is about to get a new boutique hotel that is already bringing a lot of press and excitement. The Ace Hotel is confirmed to be opening its first LA outpost in the United Artists Building in the Historic Core on Broadway. Here’s some history and stunning visual inspiration that will hopefully inspire you artistically–and perhaps help you bring a special flair to your own home!
The Spanish-style Gothic United Artists Building was designed by C. Howard Crane and originally opened in 1927 as a theater by the United Artist group, headed by Charlie Chaplin, D.W. Griffith, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. In the late 1980s, it was leased to pastor Dr. Gene Scott to be used to broadcast his sermons and in 1989 the neon “Jesus Saves” signs were placed on the top of the building. The signs were originally installed atop the Church of the Open Door at the Bible Institute of Los Angeles’ campus at 6th Street and Hope, and remained there until 1985 when the building was demolished. It is not clear what happened to the signs between 1985 and 1989. In September 2011, one of the signs was removed and has been relocated to Glendale where Dr. Scott’s widow, Melissa Scott pastors her new church.
In 2008, the Bringing Back Broadway initiative began, which is a ten year plan to bring commerce and entertainment back to the abandoned architectural giants in the Historic Core. The Ace Hotel will be sure to assist this greatly by renovating and reactivating the theatre, which will make this the showpiece of their LA location.
In 1999 in Seattle, the first Ace Hotel was opened by friends Alex Calderwood, Wade Weigel, and Doug Herrick (Calderwood and Weigel are the founders of Rudy’s barbershop) at a former Salvation Army half-way house.
In 2007, Ace Hotel Portland was opened in the former Clyde Hotel and now features Stumptown Coffee and the European style-tavern, The Clyde Common. There you can sip on crafted cocktails, drink local Oregon beers, and nosh on rabbit, oxtail and game hen.
A Palm Springs location was also opened, which boasts of their swim club, bars, and on-site diner King’s Highway. Aside from it being a relaxing getaway spa destination, there are DJ’s at the pool every Sunday and they also throw special parties for events such as Coachella.
Just a year later in 2010, the Ace Hotel New York was opened, which is the former Hotel Breslin in Midtown Manhattan. This location also has Stumptown Coffee and Chef April Bloomfield’s The Breslin restaurant (which was awarded a Michelin star). There you can dine for brunch, lunch or dinner and sip on delicious cocktails named after some of your favorite musician’s albums.
Aside from the renovated theatre which will seat 1,600, Ace Hotel LA will also have 180 rooms, a pool, restaurant and bar. It is set to open Summer 2013…If you don’t live in LA already, put it on your calendar to stay at the Ace next summer and grab dinner, a show, and pool time with friends!