Eastern Columbia building lofts
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Eastern Columbia Lofts

The stunning clock tower of the Eastern Columbia building, lighted at night to showcase its Deco façade, is reflected in the swimming pool. Claude Beelman designed the tower, which caps the Eastern’s 13 stories. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
The terrazzo floor of the Eastern’s old shopping arcade has been restored in the elegant, Kelly Wearstler-designed lobby. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
The contemporary kitchen of resident Paul Gonzalez’s second-floor studio features an island set on casters. The exposed metal air duct adds an industrial touch to traditional style. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Gonzalez decorated his loft in a more traditional style, rather than ultra-modern, complete with Steinway piano, a dark wood armoire and other classic furniture pieces. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
The Eastern Columbia in downtown Los Angeles, one of the premier Deco buildings in the country, reopened in 2007 after an $80-million renovation. The bedroom of resident Nichol Bradford’s loft, one of the 147 condos, catches the soft glow of afternoon light. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Nichol Bradford personalized her 10th-floor aerie with a mirror-adorned daybed and a 12-foot ficus. The salvaged oak door will become a dining table. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
A billowy drape of golden silk and a vase of yellow blooms contrast with the chocolate-hued concrete floor in Nichol Bradford’s loft. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
In filmmaker Jeremy Kasten’s loft, the two windows are partially blocked by structural beams. Kasten used this as an opportunity to create a Deco-themed space with an abundance of vintage lighting. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Kasten’s loft features stacks of open shelving which separate the kitchen from the bedroom, and display pieces in his eclectic antiques and book collection. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Kasten uses his collection of 300 vintage ties as a decorative element in his bedroom, hanging them on a wall in his bedroom. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
The kitchen shows off a few of Kasten’s antiques, with a structural beam serving as a display space for a giant jewelers’ sign he found in a New Orleans antiques store. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Geoff Clark turned his seventh-floor unit into an airy, light-filled loft. The polished concrete floors and modern furniture emphasize the open space of the loft. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Clark dressed his place in a hip, modern vibe, which shows in his furniture choices. Here, an acrylic chair and vintage lamp add some fun to the decor. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Resident Jennifer Dekoeyer Crump finds a comfortable spot on the rooftop terrace, which includes a fireside lounge area, cabanas and views of downtown architectural gems. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Jenn Sherry and Matthew Wonderlich relax in the pool of the building, clad in turquoise terra cotta and gold leaf, with its landmark clock tower. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)