How Would You Use This Historic Substation in L.A. That’s Listed for $3.75M?

After stints as a welding shop, manufacturing plant, and event venue, the Huron Substation seeks a new owner.
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Los Angeles’s Huron Substation has undergone several reincarnations since its conception in 1908. Designed by Edward S. Cobb, it was originally a station for converting  electricity needed to power the city’s Yellow Car trolleys. After it was sold in the late 1950s, the station was transformed into a welding shop, then a manufacturing plant. Today, the landmark designated as Los Angeles Cultural Monument No. 404 is a multipurpose venue for filming, photoshoots, weddings, and other events.

Designed in the early 1900s, the landmark Huron Substation in Cypress Park was recently restored as a modern venue. Hosting everything from weddings and events to film shoots and performances, the historic structure offers over 3,000 square feet of space.

Situated at the intersection of West Avenue 28 and Huron Street in Cypress Park, the substation is chock-full of period details including exposed beams, arched windows, original brickwork, and 12-foot-high doors. Vaulted, 45-foot-high ceilings enhance the building’s sense of open space. A large mezzanine offers an additional 1,500 square feet, including multiple private sitting areas, two bedrooms, a bath, and an office.

Boasting 45-foot-high vaulted ceilings, the loft-like entertaining area features many original details, such as exposed wooden beams and brickwork. Polished concrete floors run throughout.

The structure is one of five different designs for the original Yellow Car substations, and the second oldest of those still standing. Located on a gated, 6,500-square-foot lot, the Mills Act–designated building is also categorized under the Cornfields/Arroyo Seco Specific Plan (CASP), allowing for a wide range of development possibilities. Scroll ahead to see inside more of the substation, currently listed for $3,750,000.

A mezzanine level overlooks the main venue area below.

While the first floor features an open layout, the upper level offers multiple private spaces, including two bedrooms, as well as this open lounge and office space.

The 12-foot rear doors allow for indoor/outdoor flow through the building's original archways. Long, velvet drapery offers a dramatic touch.

The building also features several outdoor spaces in the rear of the property. Strung Edison lights create a sense of enchantment among the private, shaded area.

2640 Huron Street is currently listed for $3,750,000 by Benjamin Kahle of deasy penner podley

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