Downtown L.A. Proper

  • Prize
    Winner in Interior Design Hotel – Boutique
  • Company/Firm
    Kelly Wearstler
  • Lead Designer
    Kelly Wearstler
  • Other Designer(s)
    Heidi Korsavong, Ryder Chanatry, Luke Kielion
  • Architect
  • Interior Designer
    Kelly Wearstler
  • Hospitality
    Proper Hospitality
  • Construction Company
    McGuire Builders Inc.
  • Photo Credit
    The Ingalls
  • Location
    Downtown Los Angeles, California
  • Project Date
    October 2021
  • Developer
    The Kor Group in partnership with Frank Stork and Channing Henry

Constructed by iconic Los Angeles architects Curlett & Beelman in the 1920s, the location of Proper’s latest outpost was initially a private club in Downtown L.A. whose members included luminaries such as Cecil B. DeMille. Proper Hospitality and Kelly Wearstler reimagine that storied history with a modern palette, drawing inspiration from downtown to layer vestiges from the 1920s with elements of Spanish, Portuguese, Mexican and Moroccan design.

In addition to vintage furniture and rugs, Wearstler employs more than 100 different kinds of hand-painted and custom tiles throughout the property, while site-specific murals and installations by local talents such as Judson Studios stained glass and ceramicist Morgan Peck bring further dimension to the public spaces. Each of the rooms and suites is one-of-a-kind and deeply residential in feel– a canvas for curated pieces and specially designed furnishings with charcoal and mauve tones lending depth and warmth. Nodding to its former life as a YWCA, stand-out accommodations include the 1,300+ square foot Basketball Court and 2,500+ square foot Pool suite featuring a full-sized indoor swimming pool.