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Few places exemplify the revival of Downtown Los Angeles better than the intersection of 11th Street and Broadway, where a trio of historic buildings are being revived after sitting idle for decades.  The Case Hotel's reincarnation as the boutique Proper Hotel kicked off last year, while similar transformations are pending for the erstwhile home of the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner newspaper, as well as the former headquarters of the predecessor of today's Metropolitan Transportation Authority.  This hum of construction activity has now spread east one block east, where a 93-year-old light industrial building is undergoing a transformation into creative offices.

The seven-story edifice, known as the Harris Building, was completed at the intersection of 11th and Main Streets in 1923.  For decades, the handsome beaux arts structure housed operations for the Union Manufacturing Company, a now-defunct garment purveyor.

Under new plans documented in a leasing brochure from brokerage firm Industry Partners, the historic building's upper levels are being converted into approximately 52,000 square feet of office space.  As expected from a former manufacturing building, each floor would offer large windows, exposed brick and polished concrete floors.

At street level, plans call for nearly 6,500 square feet of retail and restaurant space, subdivided into five stalls fronting both Main and 11th Streets.

The Harris Building will sit one block south of developer Geoff Palmer's collosal Broadway Palace, a mid-rise residential-retail development with a design inspired by many of the Fashion District's historic buildings.

The Harris Building, seen in 1923 (Image via USC Digital Library)
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