9th & Hill, formerly known as the May Company Garage, was one of the first of its kind on the West Coast. The building was designed by famed architecture firm, Curlett and Beelman, in 1926 and was one of the nation’s first parking structures. While the May Company is no longer around, its beautiful parking structure still stands strong as a proud part of Downtown LA’s vibrant history.

Today, the building has been designated as a Historical Cultural Monument. 9th & Hill is at the center of Los Angeles’ downtown revitalization efforts given its location in the Historic Core District. As the neighborhood continues to evolve and move towards reaching its potential of being the epicenter of a world-class downtown, Markwood also has focused its efforts on re-developing 9th & Hill.

Currently, Markwood is fully engaged in an adaptive reuse development plan for the building. At the forefront of the development strategy is preserving the building’s history while also keeping a lens on the future. Markwood intends to restore the building to its former glory while also bringing the property up to par with the needs of the city’s bustling neighborhood.


The redevelopment will honor the historic designation of the property by restoring the ground floor to achieve its former glory, while also placing a tenant inside the retail space to serve the demands of Downtown L.A.’s premier neighborhood. Above and below grade, 9th and Hill will remain true to its historic use as a parking structure for Downtown’s South Park and Historic Core neighborhoods, while also modernizing and diversifying the building’s use in the upper levels. Once re-developed, 9th & Hill is poised to stand as an exemplary revitalization project.


  • 200,000-square-foot building spread across nine stories (six floors above grade and three floors below grade), consisting of 12,000 square feet of ground floor retail and 450 parking spaces.
  • The building is currently engaged in an adaptive reuse effort. Final project scope (TBD) will likely grow the usable square footage at 9th & Hill to add an additional use opportunity.