East 2nd Street, Downtown
As industrial developers, Newport Beach residents Randy Kendrick and Gretchen Sauer were spending a lot of time in the heart of L.A., and hotels didn’t offer them the room to stretch out—or accommodate their three dogs. They invested instead in two lofts, one for themselves and the other for clients, and turned to interior designer Nadia Geller to make them homes away from home. Their own living space, on 2nd Street, is in a 1906 warehouse constructed by shipping magnates Adolph and John D. Spreckels to store sugar beets on their way from L.A. farms to Chicago processors. Inside, Geller created a generous kitchen: Kendrick is a gourmet cook who loves to host get-togethers for friends before and after USC events, which meant the adjoining entertainment area needed to have lots of comfortable seating.
Photographs by Tom Fowlks