A bad sign for Historic Filipinotown building

Tagging competes with neon sign at the top of Lewelleyn Manor/Filipinotown resident

Lewelleyn Manor before new rooftop structure was added

One of the notable features of the Lewelleyn Manor apartments is the blue-and-white neon sign that sits on the roof of the four-story building at Temple Street and Rampart Boulevard. But the view of that vintage sign has now been partially blocked from some vantage points by a new roof-top wall or structure that was recently tagged up, according to a neighbor who took the photo above.

It’s not clear what that new structure is doing there but it’s located next to some existing cellphone antennas.  “The ‘wall’ just tagged in a big way,” said the neighbor.

The 46-unit apartment building with a night club on the ground floor was built in 1926 by by contractor and real estate investor Lewelleyn J. Smith. On the same block, Lewelleyn also built the former Rampart Theater, which opened in 1924.

The building had been listed for sale earlier this year for $4.7 million but the listing has expired, according to Redfin.  Blocking the view of the sign with a tagged up wall is probably not going to help property values.

Sign as it appeared in May./The Eastsider


  1. What is that thing and why is it there? Did someone in city planning approve it?

  2. This is why I love EastsiderLA, its like you guys read my mind. Coming back from a walk to Tommy’s last week I noticed this obstruction (not yet tagged up) blocking the building’s vintage signage, and wondered what was up, how long it had been there and what braniac did such an unsightly thing.

  3. I believe that the place is managed by Statewide, which manages many, old buildings
    in town (especially in K-town), and is no favorite on Yelp. So people could write or call them
    for an answer. Secondly, the old Police Station is being renovated right now, to be turned into
    a SWAT Team training facility (yes, really), and maybe there is some issue with their communication
    equipment, versus all the cellphone transmitters on top of the Lewelleyn. Or maybe not.

    Pretty much ruins the look of the old sign, and the building. I hope they get fined.
    Unless of course it has to do with the LAPD and of course they can do anything they want!

    s roche
    sad Rampart resident

  4. Haaa! catching fame!

  5. Armand Del Gaudio

    I am a painting contractor and used to take care of this building in the 60’s . It was furnished apt’s that had lots of old furniture now of course considered antiques. It had lots of old single apt’s with the old bed that folded out of the wall. It had and old elevator that sometimes when we put all our equipment and us inside would not work . It was managed by a man named sam iwana. It was a good acount

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