Storefront Report: Silver Lake space comes with Elliott Smith memorial wall

Elliott Smith memorial wall on the front of the Solutions building.

The swirling red and black “S” on the wall of Solutions Audio Speaker Repair was painted by the owner to draw attention to the Silver Lake repair shop.  But  Solution’s stylized “S” is better known as a memorial to recording artist Elliott Smith, who used a photo of the wall on the cover of his Figure 8 album.  Now, nearly 10 years after Smith was found dead in his Echo Park home,  the building behind the Figure 8 Mural, as some call it, is now up for lease.

An employee with Solutions said the repair shop, a popular destination for musicians and owners of vintage stereo and audio equipment, is going to remain in the brick  building in the 4300 block of Sunset Boulevard but about 5,000-square-feet of surplus and underused space has been put up for lease, according to LoopNet.  While Solutions is willing to move into the space behind the memorial wall, most of the prospective tenants have been interested in leasing that part of the building, said the employee.

“Ideal for restaurant, retail, or creative office use,” says the listing for the space, which is being leased at a monthly rate of $5.50 a  square-foot.

The same building has been the home of a speaker repair business since 1939, according to Solutions website.  The building now sits in the middle of an increasingly popular location for restaurants, bars and shops.  Across the street from Solutions,  one of  three new buildings planned will bring an additional 300 apartments and more retail and restaurant space to the Sunset Junction area of Silver Lake.

Solutions may not be going anywhere but what happens to the Elliott Smith memorial, where fans still come to sign the wall?  The new tenant probably has the final say about the mural’s fate, and must weigh the benefits of uncovering the windows behind the memorial or risk incurring the wrath of Smith fans. The employee said that some potential restaurant tenants had looked at possibly leaving the memorial intact between a pair of windows and doors.

“It does not have to go anywhere,” said the employee.


  1. wow, the Smith memorial has it’s own employees?

  2. So if my math is correct, renting the whole 5,000 sq ft space would be $27,000.00 per month. Sure, sounds like such a sweet deal.

  3. it would be great if there was a memorial to elliott placed there. this wall is constantly tagged and I’m sure the upkeep can’t be easy. and who knows what will happen with new ownership. but the city can put something on the sidewalk there, like a bronze sculpture of the “S” or a plaque or something…

    • Nothing against Smith or his loyal fans, but the idea of the city — via taxpayer funds — embedding or installing some sort of a memorial to the musician on that stretch of sidewalk is the funniest thing I’ve heard all week.

  4. it looks like this wall use to have a show case window. I wonder what this original building used to be before they cut it?

  5. There’s a recording studio behind that wall (Sunset Lodge). Did it shut down? I’m confused.

  6. Elliot Smith=Over rated.

  7. Who is Elliot Smith?

  8. Elliot Smith did not commit suicide. Its still an open homicide case in Los Angeles. He suffered 2 stab wounds to the chest.

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