Helms Bakery Campus

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In the late 1980’s, Oakes Architects developed a working relationship with Walter N. Marks, Inc, the owners of the Historic Helms Bakery complex. This 11 acre site, straddles two cities – Los Angeles and Culver City. In the intervening years, that relationship has blossomed while creating one of the most diverse and imaginative mixture of uses in a facility on the West side of Los Angeles and Culver City.

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Working with Walter N Marks, and an in-house construction team, Oakes Architects helped craft a diverse mix of uses. These uses include a fencing studio, live theater, Jazz club, artistic studios, restaurants, and thousands of square feet of retail space, dedicated to home furnishings. Restoring, revitalizing, reinventing, reinvigorating, and finally reopening a landmark of Southern California has given a new energy and vitality to the area.

Mindful of the historic background of the complex, Oakes Architects was careful to maintain the historical integrity of the existing structures, while infusing a new energy, producing dynamic spaces that have become some of the most highly sought after by creative retailers and artistic professionals.


Vitra Design and Furniture Studio

Jazz Bakery

HD Buttercup Home Center / Room and Board

Retail Centers and Helms Design Center