Downtown Los Angeles Proper Hotel Featured in Architectural Digest

The view from the rooftop pool of the Downtown L.A. Proper Hotel, designed by Kelly Wearstler.

“It is filled with this aura of Old Hollywood, and it was our job to bring this landmark into the modern age,” says AD100 Hall of Fame designer Kelly Wearstler of her latest project: reimagining and recasting a circa-1926 California Renaissance Revival building by architects Curlett & Beelman in Los Angeles’s South Park District into the Downtown L.A. Proper Hotel. It was originally a swank private club, with Cecil B. DeMille as a member; then, around the 1960s, it became a YWCA, some vestiges of which Wearstler fashioned into novel suites.

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