Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times
On the first Thursday of every month in San Pedro
, art lovers wander the streets of L.A.'s port town hunting for discoveries. If they stop by Gallery 741, proprietors Patti Kraakevik and longtime partner George Woytovich will gladly show their art, but more treasures reside upstairs in the couple's stunning two-story loft, a former '30s Montgomery Ward. In a region where adaptive reuse has never been more important, the department store-turned-loft represents one couple's admittedly eccentric vision of how to forge a future from the past.