Sunday, October 23, 2016

Former Silver Lake furniture store getting a makeover

Photo by Bill Wheelock

Photo by Bill Wheelock

Storefront ReportSILVER LAKE –  After sitting dormant and vandalized for several months, the former home of Silverlake furniture at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Benton Way has seen a lot of activity in recent weeks. Workers have been replacing the roof of the brick building while a mural on the side of the building was painted over a few days ago. What’s going on?

Building permits have been issued to convert the 5,700-square-foot building  into office space with a relatively small amount of  retail space, according to the Department of Building & Safety.  Work on the building, which once served as a car repair shop, also included the removal a 550-gallon waste oil tank, according to online city records.

Architectural renderings of the project by Oakland-based Baran Studio show a renovated interior featuring bow-truss ceilings and exposed brick walls.  The Eastsider has contacted Baran Studios for more details.

Meanwhile, some residents have expressed concern that the painting over of the mural along the Benton Way side of the building will only invite more vandalism.

“There are worries that without the mural the facade will quickly be covered with gang tags,” said Anne Hars of Silver Lake.  “The community is glad the building- is being worked on but , they were sad to see the mural go.”

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    The community is not sad to see the mural go.

    – The Community

  2. really wish it wasn’t going to be office space, such a great location, it seems like a waste to have it not offer something to the surrounding neighborhood. also I hope they will hire artists to do a mural, while that one wasn’t earth shattering, it was still better than a blank wall that is definetley gonna get tagged.

  3. They’re asking for $16k per month for this place.

  4. I wonder why the building owner made the decision to hire architectural designers from outside of the community when there is so much top talent with offices within blocks. Off the top of my head the first such local talent that comes to mind is Tom Robertson of Ripple Design, LLC. Of course there are esteemed architects in the neighborhood namely Michael Maltzen and Barbara Bestor and certainly others that the building owner could have choose as well.

    • Oh pleeze!!!! You want local architects now? im sure anyone living in silverlake at this time is doing just fine and dont need or want the business to be part of the hideous gentrification project going on!! it will, in the end, look bad in a portfolio.

      I got my coffee table here, and I still have it!

      they should make it into a huge cheese shop/bread tasting bistro/ flat tire repair/ mustache rejuvination/ cafe au late serving/ compaint store for all the locals that moved here 8 years ago, “before it gentifiied”

  5. That was some junior high school level graffiti, not a decent mural, good riddance! That building has been an eyesore ever since the furniture store moved out; I’m so glad that they are finally cleaning it up.


      Yes, thank you. Like a parody of a rap video from 1992. Every corner of the city does not need to look like this.

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