Eastern Columbia Building

Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Architect Claud Beelman's extraordinary 1929 Eastern Columbia Building is a masterpiece of art moderne architecture. Clad in turquoise-and-gold terracotta tiles, the 13-story tower originally housed two clothing companies belonging to industrious Polish immigrant Adolph Sieroty. Now home to luxury lofts, the building features a striking gilded sunburst entrance that's especially impressive when lit after dark. One-bedroom lofts rent for upwards of $3000 a month – Johnny Depp allegedly bought the penthouse for a cool $2.1 million. One can dream.

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Nearby Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights attractions

1. Tower Theatre

0.05 MILES

The world’s first talkie, The Jazz Singer, starring Al Jolson, premiered here in 1927. The first theater designed by celebrated architect S Charles Lee,…

2. Orpheum Theatre

0.05 MILES

This 1926 theater was built for vaudeville and has hosted such entertainers as Judy Garland, George Burns and Nat King Cole. A truly sumptuous place, its…

3. State Theatre

0.15 MILES

This beaux-arts creation is Broadway’s biggest entertainment complex, seating close to 2500 people. The theater debuted in 1921 with a vaudeville show and…

4. United Artists Theatre

0.15 MILES

This gorgeous Spanish Gothic theater, with ornate stonework and stained glass, and grand, yet intricate murals by renowned theater interior designer…

5. Jewelry District


South of Pershing Sq is one of the country's largest jewelry districts. Centered on Broadway and Hill St (between 6th and 7th Sts), the main currency here…

6. Palace Theatre

0.24 MILES

Dating back to 1911, the Palace is one of the city's oldest theaters. The facade is a curious fusion of early Renaissance Florentine architecture and pure…

8. Los Angeles Theatre

0.27 MILES

Designed by celebrated theater designer S Charles Lee, this 1931 jewel was the last major movie palace to be built in Downtown. A breathtaking swansong,…