Urbanize Goes Inside The Trust Building

By Steven Sharp | Urbanize LA

 The Trust Building

The Trust Building

Last month, Rising Realty Partners granted us a tour of The Trust Building, a historic building now in the midst of a full restoration in Downtown Los Angeles.

Completed in 1928 at 433 S. Spring Street, the 11-story structure will offer 338,000 square feet of rentable space atop ground-floor retail upon completion later this year.  Originally known as the Title Insurance and Trust Building, it is being redesigned by a team that includes Gensler and Architectural Resources Group to make the vintage property appeal to modern tenants.

Designed by Parkinson & Parkinson, the Art Deco building was named for its signature tenant - the Title Insurance and Trust Company, one of the earliest and most prominent Southern California title insurance companies.  Title Insurance called the building home from its opening in 1928 until decamping for the Miracle Mile in 1977.  It also served as a temporary home for the Los Angeles Central Library, while its main facility was under restoration and expansion following a disastrous fire in the 1980s.

The restoration includes the Trust Building's exterior facade, main lobby, and banking hall, which will be returned to their 1930s and 1940s appearances.  Plans also call for a full seismic retrofit of the property, and upgrades to non-historic features, with a target of LEED Platinum certification.