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The History Behind Our Unique Office

Updated: Feb 14



Tierra West Advisors boasts a truly unique and fascinating office space that connects history with the present. Nestled within the walls of a historic Queen Anne style home that was originally constructed in 1895, our office has undergone a remarkable transformation, turning a piece of history into a contemporary and innovative workspace. The architectural marvel of the original structure adds a distinctive character to Tierra West Advisors' office, providing a captivating backdrop that sets it apart from conventional corporate spaces.


The careful conversion of the historical building into a modern office space speaks volumes about Tierra West Advisors' commitment to preserving heritage while embracing the needs of a dynamic and forward-thinking work environment. Visitors are welcomed into a space that thoroughly marries the charm of the past with the multidisciplinary and fast-paced work of our family-owned consultancy. The original architectural elements, such as ornate stained glass windows and classic facades, have been thoughtfully preserved to create an atmosphere that evokes a sense of timelessness.


Built originally as a residence for Los Angeles Councilman E.L. Blanchard, the “Magnolia House” is a rare remaining example of an intact late 19th century residence in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. By the early 1900s, the Magnolia Residence served as a co-operative boarding house operated by the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA). Opened in 1922, the facility housed girls of both European and Japanese American descent and was touted as "one of the City's outstanding examples of interracial living;" institutions that cultivated and encouraged interracial relations were rare at the time, when racially restrictive housing practices and segregated schools were common throughout Los Angeles. The facility closed temporarily during World War II, but reopened after the war ended and remained in operation until the early 1960s. 


Tierra West Principal John Yonai’s family had immigrated to the Boyle Heights neighborhood and acquired the Magnolia Residence in 1961 as their family home. Now, the home has been passed through multiple generations to become the truly unique office for the family-owned consultancy business! Tierra West Advisors has proudly transformed a historic gem into a vibrant and forward-looking workspace. The office stands as a testament to the company's ability to innovate while honoring the past, making it a truly distinctive and appealing place for collaboration, creativity, and success. Contact us to come visit and see it for yourself!




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