BLVD Hospitality/ACE Hotel
Walker & Eisen, C. Howard Crane
GREC Architects LLC
Killefer Flamming Architects
Nabih Youssef Associates
Morley Builders/Benchmark Contractors
The history of the glamorous 1920’s film era is nearly palpable at the Spanish Gothic Ace Hotel located in the historic Broadway theater district. Originally called the United Artists Theatre, the theatre was the flagship premiere house for the studio and showcased films from stars such as Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin. Mary Pickford personally selected the location. Built in 1927 by Walker & Eisen with the theatre itself designed by C. Howard Crane, the Ace Hotel has symmetrical features so commonly found in Art Deco era buildings in downtown Los Angeles. The office building in the front was originally leased by Texaco for its western regional offices.
The theater was adaptively reused into the Ace Hotel in 2012 and later received the 2014 Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Award. Terra-cotta and cast stone adorn the building’s front façade. Ornamental plaster decorates the vaulted ceiling in the auditorium. Decorative painting is found throughout the building. Murals by Jose Rivas depict famous founders of the United Artist’s theatre.
Spectra Company performed a variety of services including terra-cotta restoration, cast-in-place concrete, wood window restoration, ornamental gypsum, plaster, steel window restoration, decorative painting, and marble flooring.
Scope of Work
Adaptive Reuse • Architectural Woodwork • Decorative Concrete • Decorative Metal • Decorative Paintings & Murals • Facade Rehabilitation • Materials Restoration • Metal Windows • Ornamental Plaster • Plaster • Self-Perform • Stone • Terra-Cotta • Wood Windows
LA Business Council 2014 Hospitality Winner • Los Angeles Conservancy 2014 • West Side Urban Forum 2015