Laborers at the former Highland Park Masonic Temple have been busy the past week gutting a large store front overlooking the corner of Figueroa Street and Avenue 56. They probably would have finished sooner if not so many people (and bloggers) have stopped by to ask “What’s this going to be?” In response, Hector Cruz with The Highlands, which owns the landmark building, says “What do you want to do?” Cruz is serious about entertaining ideas about what to do with the 1,800-square-foot space, a former clothing store. He plans to ask $3,500 a month. “It has so much potential,” Cruz said. He’s looking for a tenant “that has the right idea for this community.”
The 1923 Renaissance-style building is regarded by many as one of the historic crown jewels of Highland Park. Not only is the three-story brick building a city landmark, the property is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The former masonic temple is known to many residents for its busy upstairs banquet hall and one of its ground floor tenants, Good Girl Dinette. The sleek new Vietnamese-American diner has drawn the young, fashionable and curious to Highland Park’s Figueroa Corridor. Will the new tenant at Fig & 56 do the same?
Tom photo by The Eastsider;bottom photo from Wikipedia