Wednesday, January 21, 2015

DOWNTOWN REAL ESTATE TRIVIA: BLANKSPACES WAS A WOOLWORTH'S

The Pershing Square-adjuacent mill co-working space Blankspaces, stylized as b:LA for the hipsters whose office budgets it is trying to magnetize, was once the department store Schulte United. Councilmember Huizar, among others, did a relaunch of sorts for 529 S. Broadway last year, highlighting its changes over the years, and rebranding it as a center for creativity.

On my way out of Blankspaces after nearly a year at multiple locations (and other unpleasant coworking experiences before that), I thought I had the scoop on this trivia, fascinated as I am by a time when going out to a department store was a big deal. But Bianca Barragan covered the conversion of the space last year for Curbed.