The Ruby Street Multipurpose Community Space Gets a Major Redesign

03.06.20 | By
The Ruby Street Multipurpose Community Space Gets a Major Redesign

Ruby Street in Highland Park, Los Angeles, used to be a Suffragette House, a Civil Rights meeting place and a Progressive church. In 2016, the building came under Lourdes Hernandez and her husband Zach Leigh and – with an astute eye for interior design and contemporary furniture and objects – the couple transformed it to a stunning venue.

In the four years since, Ruby Street has played host to countless private events, performances, dinner parties, and over 200 weddings. This year, Zack and Lourdes have joined hands with interior designer Francesca ‘Kiki’ De La Fuente and creative partners Working Holiday Studio to re-open the space as a creative hub with regular cultural programming to build in a wider community of creatives.

To really bring in people to make use of the space for what it is, the team is expanding its programming to include dinners, music performances, film screenings, creative workshops, and artist residencies. There will also be workshops on wellness, community work sessions, and career development.

The newly reopened Ruby Street features an updated color palette, new oak floors, a mural by LA-based artist Dakota Solt of Form Plus Color, and objects from BluDot, Another Human, Owl, Entler, Nima Abili, Menu, and Bend Goods. All the furniture throughout the space is also for sale.

Photos by Cándida Wohlgemuth.

Keshia grew up in Singapore and moved to the U.S. to attend Dartmouth College. When she was living abroad after graduation, a chance enrollment at the Architectural Association Visiting School led to her becoming enamored with door schedules and architectural écriture. She's particularly interested in design for aging, rural architecture, and Asian design heritage.