Stronghold Climbing Gym has recently placed a firm grip on the old Edison Electric Company space at the Brewery Arts complex. This Lincoln Heights space is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument originally designed by Los Angeles architect, John Parkinson (City Hall, Bullocks Wilshire, Union Station). The 13,000-square-foot climbing gym now housed within is the passion project of newly-married husband and wife team Kate Mullen, 33, and Peter Steadman, 46, of Hermon.
Mullen, a computational physicist and Steadman, who has a background in civil rights law, have both enjoyed climbing for the last twenty years. They now look to impart their love of the sport to others in the area. “We hope to provide a positive outlet for the energy of many people in the Eastside community,” said Mullen via email. In fact, Mayor Eric Garcetti recently celebrated his birthday at the climbing gym.
Finding the ideal spot wasn’t without its challenges; the perfect storm of high ceilings, appropriate zoning, parking, and a good location were needed. The couple is thrilled to be among the dynamic artist community of the Brewery Arts complex. No doubt, the discipline and strength the couple have cultivated over their time rock climbing will be tested as they balance their first business endeavor with new-found married life.
Marni Epstein Epstein is an entertainment, music, and lifestyle Journalist and resident of Echo Park. She has previously worked in the film and digital media industries with FOX and Sony Pictures Entertainment. She is currently also pursuing a Masters in Historic Preservation.