Sherman Oaks-based MWest Holdings is taking artistic license with several of the historic L.A. properties it’s rehabbing.
As a way to “reinvigorate” some of the old buildings, the company is commissioning murals for several of its projects.
MWest President Karl Slovin said the original artwork is driving fresh interest in the properties. “Art has been a big part of what we’ve done here in Los Angeles,” Slovin said. “These buildings were here before we were, and they’ll be here after we’re gone.”
MWest unveiled its latest mural installation May 23 at Santa Fe Lofts downtown. The work, by Australian artist James Peter Henry, covers more than 1,000 square feet over seven walls. The mural is an abstract homage to the historic Santa Fe Railway, Slovin said. MWest purchased the complex, at 121 E. 6th St., for nearly $69 million in 2018. It was built in 1908.
The complex is one of 11 historic properties MWest has rehabbed across L.A. County. Other historic buildings the company has acquired and rehabilitated include the Wilshire Royale, the Hollywood Tower and Park Wilshire.
Slovin said the murals “touch upon the history” of the building and the region, but he added that the artists are given a lot of freedom.