This former LA church is now a worshipful new coworking space

The Ruby Street is welcoming a new congregation of creatives

Members sit beneath the glow of stained glass windows at The Ruby Street creative hub, which has taken over a 125-year-old church in Los Angeles’s Garvanza neighbourhood.

The building was completed during the height of the 1930s Arts and Crafts movement and has undergone a complete renovation courtesy of Working Holiday Studio and interior designer Francesca de la Fuente.

As part of its adaptive reuse, they aimed to turn the converted church – often hired as a wedding and events venue – into a place for artists, musicians and creatives to work, meet, and host events. The space will also host workshops, screenings, exhibitions, and an artist-in-residency programme.

The team has given the building’s exterior a fresh lick of blue paint and created cosy seating areas inside with vibrant orange sofas, and steel-framed lounge chairs. Dark wood has been whitewashed, new oak floorboards installed, and plants dotted about the open-plan Los Angeles coworking space.

As a nod to the church’s religious past, long refectory-style communal tables cross the studio. And for guests enviously eyeing up the furniture, much of it is up for sale on The Ruby Street website.
6408 Ruby St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

This former LA church is now a worshipful new coworking space
Photography: Cándida Wohlgemuth
This former LA church is now a worshipful new coworking space
Photography: Cándida Wohlgemuth
This former LA church is now a worshipful new coworking space
Photography: Cándida Wohlgemuth

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