The curtain has finally come down at 550 S. Main Street, offering a look at the (nearly) completed Topaz apartments in the Historic Core.

The seven-story building, which ocuppies a mid-block property between Main and Los Angeles Streets, will feature 159 apartments and 23,000 square feet of retail space when it opens in Winter 2017.  The mixture of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units will provide access to communal amenities such as a fitness center, a swimming pool and landscaped courtyards.

Architecture firm Tate Snyder Kimsey designed the podium-type structure, which is highlighted by a large blade sign along Main Street and an illuminated urban window facing Los Angeles Street.

Jade Enterprises is developing the project, which is part of a larger portfolio of mixed-use buildings throughout Downtown Los Angeles.

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LA Phil Unveils Frank Gehry Design for New YOLA Center in Inglewood

Construction is expected to begin in spring 2019.

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Philharmonic unveiled architectural designs by Gehry Partners for the new Judity and Thomas L. Beckmen YOLA Center @ Inglewood, the future permanent home of the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA). The $14.5-million project will transform a former branch of Security Pacific Bank at 101 S. La Brea Avenue into a light-filled, flexible facility capable of hosting rehearsals, classes, and performances.  It will serve up to 500 students each year from Inglewood and surrounding communities.