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The Ace makes its home in the United Artists building, a decadent terracotta structure built in 1927 for silent-film star Mary Pickford's studio.
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Previous to the Ace, the building was inhabited for 20 years by the Los Angeles University Cathedral.
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Adjacent to the hotel stands the United Artists Theatre, a 1,600-seat space that was refurbished to host concerts, screenings, performances, and seminars.
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In the the theatre's ornately decorated, Spanish Gothic style space, the team restored murals and intricate plasterwork, reupholstered the seats, and installed new carpet.
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Atelier Ace worked with Los Angeles–based collective Commune Design to restore the building, layering design elements on top of its stripped-down, minimalist core. A light-flooded lobby welcomes visitors, with walls covered in raw sheep's wool.
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A colorful collection of unreachable tomes hovers above the lobby.
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Guest rooms feature the buildings original concrete ceilings, with custom furniture and Noguchi lamps warming up the spaces.
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That's not just staging—some rooms come with a Martin guitar included.
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Efficiency of space was a guiding principle in the design process, as many rooms are modestly sized.
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Certain suites come with Ace x Rega RP1 turntables and a small collection of records.
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Generous windows offer rare perspectives of downtown LA.
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Another perk of select suites: well-stocked wet bars
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The ground-floor restaurant, LA Chapter, serves locally sourced provisions in a light-filled, bistro-style space run by the folks behind Brooklyn's popular Five Leaves.
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A mezzanine above the LA Chapter dining room provides a bit of privacy
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The restaurant's coffee shop serves Stumptown coffee and fresh pastries
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The Upstairs bar, located on the rooftop level, serves draft cocktails and Mediterranean plates in a space inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House.
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The bar contains a steel-chain light installation by costume designer Michael Schmidt, patterned canopies by local artist Alia Penner, and cedar furniture by sculptor Alma Allen.
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A rooftop soaking pool (which appeared to be rarely used) was modeled after artist Donald Judd's pool in Marfa.
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A snapshot of the building's layered history, captured at nightfall.
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