Beverly Boulevard, like many of the busy streets that radiate west of downtown, is dotted with small one and two-story mid-century office and professional buildings. Here, on the southern fringe of Echo Park and what is now Historic Filipinotown and Westlake, groups like the Building Contractors Association and small firms, such as the Len Wolf ad agency, set up shop close to downtown in structures boasting all the modern amenities – air conditioning as well as rooftop sundecks – and convenient parking lots right outside the front or back door. While crime and decay chased away many of professional groups and firms, many of those same buildings remain and have caught the attention of those attracted to their mid-century style and central location.
One of the developments of this era, a pair of structures constructed in 1954 at 1670 Beverly Blvd. at Union Avenue was empty when a developer called Creative Environments of Hollywood purchased the property in 2001. The developer converted the building – once home to the Los Angeles County Tuberculosis and Health Association (the Easter Seal people) – into a live-work compound, with four offices and 10 apartments renting for more than $2,000 a month. Now, after a decade of ownership, Creative Environments has put the property up for sale at $2.75 million.