The Desmond (photo courtesy of CIM)

The Desmond (photo courtesy of CIM)

Mid-Wilshire-based CIM Group Inc. acquired the Desmond, an 11-story, art deco office and retail building originally built in the late 1920s in the heart of the Los Angeles’ Miracle Mile district.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Commercial real estate information firm CoStar Group listed Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management as the seller.

The 79,000-square-foot building, which is located at 5500 Wilshire Blvd., boasts 28,000 square feet of ground floor retail space, roughly 51,000 square feet of office space on the upper floors, and 67 parking spaces.

The building, which spans a block between South Burnside and South Dunsmuir avenues, was originally built in 1928 for the upscale Desmond’s and Silverwoods department stores. Desmond’s was the first major clothing retailer on the Miracle Mile when it opened in 1929, with the upper floors of the tower occupied by doctors and professionals.

Prominent architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood designed the Desmond, which was designated more than three decades ago as a historic-cultural monument. It was renovated in 1990, and preserves the striking architecture, terrazzo floors, ornate stone lobby, handcrafted gold-painted leaf ceilings, operable windows, and rooftop sky deck. It is located four blocks from the La Brea/Wilshire station of Metro’s new Purple Line subway scheduled to be completed in 2023.

Finance reporter Pat Maio can be reached at or (323) 556-8329.

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