Oft-described as “the world’s largest artist colony,” Los Angeles’ Brewery Arts Complex is a 16-acre community located east of Downtown on the site of what was first the Edison Electric Steam Power plant and subsequently a Pabst Blue Ribbon brewery. The artist colony, which will host its biannual Artwalk November 5-6, was developed back in the early 80s by art collectors and patrons Richard Carlson and Kathy Reges.
One of the earliest tenants of the Brewery’s lofts was Michael Rotondi, the second director of the influential Sci-Arc school of architecture and founder of RoTo Architecture firm. In 1993, Carlson and Reges commissioned RoTo to convert a 1920s-era industrial building adjacent to the Brewery into a combination of art gallery, residence, and dog kennel. Completed in 1995, the adapted structure would win widespread acclaim from architecture critics as well as a national design award from the American Institute of Architects.
Most of the three-story building’s ground floor is dedicated to a gallery/studio space, with towering, 35-foot ceilings, concrete floors, and huge banks of steel-framed windows. One floor up is the open-concept living and dining area plus a sleek kitchen with stainless appliances and a center island, while the top level contains a glass-encased primary suite with dressing room, office nook, covered gym deck, and wraparound city and mountain views.
Exterior amenities include two private courtyards, one with a koi pond, a mezzanine deck, a rooftop pool constructed from a repurposed oil storage container, and a detached workshop/garage. Online marketing materials also note that the mixed-use property offers “potential to expand 48,000 square feet for commercial use or end user development.”
Previously trotted out to market in 2017 with a lofty $12.5 million price tag, the industrial-modern residence is now asking $7 million.