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Historic-cultural Monuments

November 19, 1987| Compiled by researcher Tracy Thomas

Under the Los Angeles City Administrative Code, the City Council can give a special designation to "any site (including significant trees or other plant life located thereon), building or structure of particular historic or cultural significance." Applications are reviewed first by the city's Cultural Heritage Commission and, if approved, go before the council for a final vote. The council also can override a negative recommendation by the commission with a two-thirds vote. Designation as a historic-cultural monument entitles the property owner to certain tax credits and enables the city to block demolition of the monument for up to one year. So far this year, 14 sites have been approved, nine declined and 19 are under consideration.

Approved

Jan. 7:

William Stromberg Clock, 6439 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, "a landmark on Hollywood Boulevard since 1927 . . . associated with one of the street's oldest retailers."

Young Apartments, 1621 S. Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles, "designed by architect Robert Brown Young and constructed in 1921 . . . of Classical Revival design. . . . "

Feb. 13:

Holmby House, 1221 and 1223 Holmby Ave., Westwood, "built in the late 1920s, is a fine example of the eclectic Mediterranean style that evolved as a unique Southern California architectural phenomenon after World War I."

March 11:

The Grove, 10567-10579 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles, "cottages are some of the few remaining courtyard dwellings designed by architect Allen Siple . . . lovely French Revival style."

May 20:

Landfair Apartments, 10940-10954 Ophir Drive, Westwood, "designed by Richard Neutra and built in 1937 . . . has been occupied for many years by UCLA University Cooperative Housing Assn., which has kept the exterior almost completely intact."

Eastlake Inn, 1442 Kellam Ave., Echo Park, "circa 1887 Victorian bed-and-breakfast inn was originally built as a near mirror image, side-by-side duplex."

July 21:

Fletcher Drive Bridge over the Los Angeles River, Los Angeles, "an outstanding achievement in reinforced concrete construction . . . represents a type of bridge construction associated with the 1920s period."

July 28:

Church of the Open Door, 550 S. Hope St., downtown Los Angeles, "completed in 1915 in Italian style with graceful arches and porticoes."

Aug. 14:

The Lindbrook, 10800-10808 Lindbrook Drive, Westwood, "a fine example of the Mediterranean Colonial Courtyard apartment complex type historically associated with Westwood Village."

Aug. 26:

Shulman House, 7875 Woodrow Wilson Drive, Mt. Olympus, "built in 1950 by the well-known local architect Raphael Soriano . . . is the only Soriano house in existence in Los Angeles in its original condition."

Sept. 9:

McKinley Mansion, 310 S. Lafayette Park Place, Westlake, "designed by architects Hunt and Burns, construction . . . completed in 1917 . . . a two-story, generously proportioned building."

Sept. 22:

Thomas Potter Residence, 1135 S. Alvarado St., Los Angeles, "a 2 1/2-story brick and stucco structure displaying many outstandingly notable elements associated with the Tudor Revival style."

August Winstel Residence, 1147 S. Alvarado St., Los Angeles, "a relatively unaltered example of Tudor Revival style architecture built at the turn of the century."

Sept. 23:

Chateau Elysee, 5930 Franklin Ave., Hollywood, "monolithic and art stone construction with an exterior 'aged' in keeping with its Medieval motif . . . Normandy-style building is feudal in architecture, decoration and furnishings."

Declined

May 6:

Home at 4967 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park.

Home at 4973 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park.

June 17:

Home at 528 S. Park View St., Westlake.

Home at 534 S. Park View St., Westlake.

Home at 538 S. Park View St., Westlake.

July 2:

Home at 1755 N. El Cerrito Place, Hollywood.

July 31:

Ambassador Hotel, 3400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.

Aug. 19:

Sunspot Motel, 15154 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades.

Oct. 27:

Apartment building at 1312 Beverly Green Drive, Rancho Park.

Source: Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission

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