AKA: Hotel El Dorado, Los Angeles, CA; El Dorado Lofts, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings -public accommodations - hotels

Designers: Noonan, Frederick, Architect (firm); Frederick B. Noonan (architect)

Dates: constructed 1913-1914

12 stories

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416 South Spring Street
Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 90013-2002

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The Hotel Stowell occupied 414-418 South Spring Street.


In c. 1940, the Hotel Stowell had 275 guest rooms, ranging in cost from $2.50 to $1.50 in price. It possessed a garage and cafe for guests.

Building History

The New Hampshire-born land developer and irrigation specialist Nathan Wilson Stowell (1851-1943) developed his eponymous hotel, spending about $400,000 to complete it. The Hotel Stowell had a facade 60 feet long on Spring Street between 4th and 5th Streets and stood 12 stories tall and contained 264 rooms. (See James Miller Guinn, A History of California and an Extended History of Los Angeles and Environs, Volume 2, [Los Angeles: Historic Record Company, 1915], p. 292.)

Foundations began to be poured for the Hotel Stowell during the week of 06/16-20/1913. (See "'The Stowell' Spring Street Hotel Started, Los Angeles Times, 06/22/1913, section VI, p. 1.)

Building Notes

The interior and exterior of the Hotel Stowell displayed a great deal of decorative tilework, seen most notably in the green portions of the front facade, and the facings of the lobby registration desk, and lobby stairway. The tiles were produced in Pasadena by the Batchelder-Wilson Company.


The Hotel Stowell was renovated by Downtown Properties between 2008 and 2011 at a cost of $25.7 million. It became known as the El Dorado Lofts, a condominium project.

PCAD id: 1957