Union Center for the Arts

120 Judge John Aiso (N. San Pedro) St. Los Angeles, CA 90012


Union Center for the Arts is a $3.4 million adaptive re-use of a 14,000 square foot vacant historic church converted into an Asian Pacific Islander multi-media arts complex. The site is the new home of East West Players, L.A. Artcore and Visual Communications. Completed in March 1998, the new Center has enriched the area’s cultural scene, contributed to the overall diversity of Downtown Los Angeles and provided an economic boost to the Little Tokyo area.

Unit Mix




Development Team

Lead Developer LTSC CDC
Community Partner Visual Communications
Equity Partner N/A
Architect Togawa & Smith, Inc.
Contractor Mackone Construction, Inc.

Project Financing

Predevelopment / Acquisition

    • N/A

Construction / Permanent

    • ARCO Foundation
    • City of Los Angeles Community Development Department
    • City of Los Angeles Seismic Bond Program
    • City of Los Angeles Seismic Bond Program
    • David Henry Hwang
    • George and Sakaye Aratani
    • Historic Preservation Partners
    • Local Initiatives Support Corporation
    • National Endowment for the Arts
    • National Trust for Historic Preservation
    • Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
    • US Department of Commerce: Economic Development Administration