April 13 was a day of celebration for real estate company Brookfield Properties and contractor Webcor, as they held a ceremony for the topping out of their residential building project at 960 W. Seventh Street in DTLA.
A topping out is traditional rite celebrating the placement of the final beam of the building. A tree is hoisted along with the beam, a tradition rooted in Scandinavian folklore and one that spread to the other parts of Europe and the United States. That tradition continued at the ceremony for the building that was previously referred to as 755 Figueroa.
Along with putting the final beam in place, the building had its name revealed: Beaudry, named for Prudent Beaudry, who served as the 13th mayor of Los Angeles from 1874 to 1876. A native of Quebec, Beaudry was the second French Canadian and third mayor of Los Angeles to be of French descent. Damien Marchesseault was the first French Canadian mayor, and Jose Mascarel was the first French mayor.
At more than 600 feet, Beaudry is one of the tallest residential buildings in Los Angeles. It will be part of a block that features three other properties owned by Brookfield: FIGat7th shopping center and office towers EY Plaza and 777 Figueroa. The lot where the Beaudry is located was left vacant by the previous owners.
The ceremony was a milestone for the project, which began almost three years ago and faced the challenge of construction and delays during the pandemic.
“Today marks an important and exciting milestone as we top out and officially name Beaudry,” said Bea Hsu, executive vice president of development for Brookfield Properties.
“We are proud to be part of DTLA’s evolution and growth as a place to live, work and play. This project has been a key initiative in Brookfield’s commitment to placemaking, adding DTLA’s finest new residences to what will now be a truly mixed-use superblock, with excellent access transit and amenities in the heart of Downtown.”
The building was designed by Los Angeles-based architecture firm Marmol Radziner, with LARGE Architecture serving as executive architect. It will have 785 residential units — studio, one, two and three bedrooms furnished with high-end appliances and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out on to the city, the mountains and the ocean.
The garage for the building will feature parking spaces for residents and visitors alike. Other amenities include a sky lounge on the 57th floor of the building, terraces, gardens, spaces for residents to work, a pool and golf simulator. Residents will also have direct access to the shopping center and office buildings.
After dignitaries and stakeholders’ remarks, lunch was served to guests, made up primarily of the construction workers who have helped the building rise from blueprints to the real world. During lunch, items were raffled. Tours of the building were offered prior to the ceremony and afterward. Beaudry is expected to be ready for residents in 2023.