Sears Mail order building
boyle heights, Los Angeles, California

Constructed in 1927, the Sears, Roebuck & Company Mail Order Building was the largest mail order warehouse serving the western United States. It was designated a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2004; was listed in the National Register in 2005 and amended to include the 1964 addition in 2015; and, is subject to a Mills Act Historical Property Contract. The property has a conditionally approved Part 2 Historic Preservation Certification Application.

The building’s owner, Shomof Group, is seeking to adaptively reuse the building by incorporating a marketplace and creative office space on the lower floors, and over 1,000 residential units on floors four through ten. The rooftop would be developed with amenities for tenants and the surrounding community to include two pools, a spa, sports courts, a running track, and gardens.

Working closely with the City of Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources, California Office of Historic Preservation, National Park Service, and project architects Omgivning, Chattel has provided design consultation to ensure project conformance with the Secretary’s Standards.

Chattel wrote a California Environmental Quality Act conformance review report for this project and continues to provide design collaboration and construction monitoring specified in the approved Mitigation Monitoring Program, as required in the Mitigated Negative Declaration.