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Proper Hospitality has opened the doors to its fourth namesake property. Launched this month in the heart of Los Angeles, the Downtown LA Proper Hotel has infused a historic landmark building with modern soul. Meticulously reimagined by designer Kelly Wearstler, the 148-room destination features three distinct culinary spaces, a rooftop pool deck, as well as a basketball court suite and pool suite for.

The hotel is situated in a restored Californian Renaissance Revival landmark building. In the 1920s and 30s, the historic space, first designed by architects Alexander Curlett and Claud Beelman, was home to a private club and later, in the 60s, it became a YWCA. Now, under the direction of Wearstler, past and present are blended through design, vintage influences, and local art.

Wearstler’s creative vision, which found inspiration in Mexican modernism as well as French and Moroccan flair, has resulted in soulful spaces adorned with statement-making pieces and site-specific murals and installations. These include a tiled reception desk by ceramicist Morgan Peck, a custom mural by Abel Marcias, artwork in guestrooms by Jason Trotter, stained-glass windows and doors by Judson Studios, bespoke mirrors by Matthew Morgan, and furniture by Jay Edward, Composition, AFM, Mirror Image, and Spike Lightening. As the architect on record, local downtown LA–based firm Omgivning restored the building, integrating thoughtful upgrades in collaboration with Proper Hospitality and Wearstler.

Photo: Courtesy of Proper Hospitality

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