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The Real Deal Los Angeles

Work is underway to transform historic
Skid Row fire station

The property, a popular filming location, is slated to become an arts center
November 06, 2018 03:00PM

Angela Brooks and Larry Scarpa

A deteriorating fire station in Skid Row that became a popular filming site for Hollywood is on its way to becoming an arts center.

City engineers say a rehabilitation of the historic Fire Station No. 23, located east of Los Angeles Street, could happen as early as February 2019, Curbed reported.

Originally built in the early 1900s, the fire station featured luxurious design elements like Italian tiles and a marble fireplace. It operated as a fire station until the 1960s, and was ultimately named a historic-cultural monument in 1966.

The property has been neglected over the years, plagued by vandalism, break-ins and weather-related damages. Its condition led the station to become a popular filming location for movies like “Ghostbusters” and “Flatliners.”

Architecture firm Brooks+Scarpa, along with the city, are now looking to restore the property to its original glory. They will incorporate many of the original elements, as well as build a new gateway structure on the ground floor.

The city’s cultural affairs department will operate the center once it is complete. The arts center would feature visual and performing classes for children. [Curbed]Natalie Hoberman