High-rise living in the making over Sunset Boulevard

After being stripped down to its steel and concrete skeleton,  the former Metropolitan Water District office building just east of Echo Park in Victor Heights  is currently in a see-through state as it is being transformed into more than 90 apartments.  Renderings on the website of developer Linear City, which has been involved in several downtown loft projects, show a new facade of glass and light-colored materials for the seven-story building designed by architect William Pereira.   After being vacant for more than 20 years, Linear City expects the project, which is called 1111 Sunset,  to be completed by February of next year.  The developer did not return emails seeking further information.

In addition to 92 apartments, plans include a ground floor cafe, which means that Victor Heights will see its first new restaurant in decades since the opening of the  Eastside Market Italian Deli.


  1. what’s up with the church this building is attached to? is the developer taking over that as well? or has the church moved out? not sure i’d want to live in apartments that are attached to a church.

    • This building looked like it had been empty for many years and it does appear to be on the same property as the church. The church owns almost an entire block and appears to be doing very well, they offer many classes, day and night. It seems like they have been a pretty good steward of the original building, which really appears to be the best part of the old MWD headquarters.

  2. nice prison cell rendering of the interior.

  3. The Linear website has its history wrong – this was the “original” MWD headquarters:

  4. LOVE the eastside deli !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    That family is awesome !

  5. I’m glad to see this graffiti covered eyesore getting a lift. Something had to give, it was a ruin. What IS Victor Heights, anyway? Apparently I live there.

  6. No neighborhood safe from the onslaught and infiltration of developers and big money investors. Victor Heights is now occupied like an Israeli settlement high on a hill.

  7. This is gonna be a cool place to live…it’s got good architectural pedigree, with William Pereira having designed some pretty iconic buildings like the LAX Theme Building, Transamerica Pyramid in SF, the library at UCSD, etc. It’s almost a twin of the awesome DWP building downtown!

  8. Linear City did a wonderful job transforming Industrial Street in the Arts District. You’re in good hands with these guys, they actually care about the areas that surround their projects. Also, all of their buildings seem to attract amazing restaurants. This will be a very good thing for this area.

  9. Wheres the pool on the roof with glass parapet walls/handrails to not block the view. Swimming at night with the downtown skyline in view. Like the balconies with glass railing.

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