A tower of tagging

The former Metropolitan Water District headquarters on Sunset Boulevard in Victor Heights is empty on the inside but has become a seven-story canvas for taggers on the outside. The property, which is part of the Holly Hill Community Church campus,  is up for sale at an asking price of $8.5 million.  Earlier this month, one of the listing agents told The Eastsider that the 110,000-square-foot building  had been in escrow but would not disclose the name of a buyer or possible use. The sales materials tout the building, located about halfway between Echo Park and downtown, as a potential school, live-work lofts or corporate headquarters.  The flyer also notes that “corporate signage” is available at the top of the building. The taggers have apparently taken advantage of the offer.


  1. I love empty buildings, don’t ask me why but this one is getting out of hand. Cool to know its going somewhere, live/work lofts would be cool, but not if they charge $3k a month like the ones on alvarado. Excited to see the outcome of this

  2. Fingers crossed! The poor place looks so shabby. When they first opened the church about 12 years ago, the place looked great. I would love to see something good happen to this spot.

  3. Normally hate tagging, but the place is vacant…what do they expect? You know what’s more of an eyesore than tags? VACANT BUILDINGS.

  4. Dear Eastsider, since the ad for the building still states “for sale,” I’m a bit confused as to the status of the building from the article. Could you please clarify if the building “had been” in escrow and is now under new ownership or did it fall out of escrow. If the escrow did close, it would be great to have a follow-up as to what will ultimately occupy the space.

  5. @KUcello. Sorry about the confusion. A sale is not complete until escrow is finished. The building was in escrow when I spoke to the agent a few weeks ago but it’s always possible that could have fallen through . I’ve asked the agent for an update but have not heard back.

  6. Unless the sale is done, the church is still responsible for their building.

    Show some respect for your neighbors and clean it off.

  7. @Chris L
    I agree with you! Vacancy is an open invitation to taggers, and absolutely the worst tagged vacant building is the horrific ‘Bates Motel’ on Sunset. I see there’s now a for sale sign on it. They should give it away!

  8. This building is such an eyesore

  9. Hey folks

    If you feel this is an eyesore like me don’t just complain here do what I did and call the local City Councilman responsible for that area. Here I’ll make it easy for you.

    Councilman Ed P. Reyes

    This area needs all the help it can get.


  11. Concern Citizen

    Well, Kudos to the City of Los Angeles for following up this issue. Building looks clean.

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