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What I Bought at The Hotel Figueroa

Liquidation Sale Customers Show Off Their Purchases

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What I Bought at  The Hotel Figueroa

DTLA - The Hotel Figueroa was a Downtown Los Angeles landmark for decades, famous for its Moroccan decor, coffin-shaped pool and the three-pronged outdoor wall that featured huge advertisements and seemed to appear on TV every time a game was broadcast from Staples Center.

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The property, built in 1925 as a YWCA and converted to a hotel after the Great Depression, long served budget travelers, and frequently drew tour groups looking for a less-expensive but still centrally located alternative to establishments such as the Millennium Biltmore and the Downtown Standard. But those days are in the past, as Green Oak Real Estate and Urban Lifestyle Hotels bought the establishment at 939 S. Figueroa St. last year for $65 million. It closed Nov. 22 for a top-to-bottom remodel that will last into next year. The Moroccan theme will be replaced with a Spanish Colonial design.

On Thursday, Dec. 3, a massive liquidation sale began, with the company International Content Liquidators hired to sell every furnishing, fixture, artwork, architectural artifact and piece of equipment in the South Park structure (it continues through Dec. 31). Los Angeles Downtown Newsstopped by the hotel to see what people were buying, and why they chose what they did.

Jerome Tankersley

Buyer: Jerome Tankersley

Job: Art director

From: Echo Park

Left With: “I got this chair. They were selling a lot of chairs. There are going to be a lot of houses with leopard-print chairs.”

Jen Houser

Buyer: Jen Houser

Job: Contract writer

From: Pasadena

Left With: “I needed lamps for my house and they were a good price. I stayed at the hotel and dined here. I hope they turn it into something interesting.”

Sara and Lindsay Alex

Buyers: Sara and Lindsay Alex

Job: Mother Sara is a property manager and daughter

Lindsay is a student

From: Orange County

Left With: “We bought drapes, fabrics, mirrors and some coat of arms. We like Moroccan things. We just went to Morocco and fell in love with all things Moroccan, so a hotel full of cheap Moroccan stuff seemed like a dream come true.”

Bart Diener

Buyer: Bart Diener

Job: Works with Service Employees International Union

From: Venice

Left With: “I got silverware, some trays and cooking gear. It’s stuff I could really use. There were great prices.”

Deisy Suarez

Buyer: Deisy Suarez

Job: Owner, DeSuar Spa

From: Downtown

Left With: “I bought a bunch of pillows, an old hotel phone and some fabrics. I’m opening a day spa in Downtown L.A. I can use some of this stuff, which I can refurbish and salvage. I think this bit of history will give me good luck.”

Steve McDonald

Buyer: Steve McDonald

Job: Musician

From: Topanga

Left With: “I bought a big table and some dining tables. We’ve got all kinds of stuff — they’ve got some really cool stuff in there. We got four truckloads to haul out of here.”

Corban Poorboy

Buyer: Corban Poorboy

Job: Home stager for the Here Company

From: Silver Lake

Left With: “I’ve got a cart of cushions, chairs and lamps. I also bought yucca sticks. I think I’m the only one who got those. I decorate houses on the market, so I’ll try to make them more interesting.”

Victoria Bernal

Buyer: Victoria Bernal

Job: Executive assistant

From: San Gabriel Valley

Left With: “I bought two chairs. I also have drapes, tablecloths and a bowl. My mom and I both had good memories of the Hotel Figueroa. Sadly, she passed away in March. We were big into L.A. history.”

© Los Angeles Downtown News 2015