Helms Bakery Campus
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.
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.