Preservation Issue

Henry's Tacos

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A message from Councilman Paul Krekorian  regarding his stance on Henry’s Tacos was published today in the North Hollywood Patch. A local favorite in Studio City, taco lovers in the valley have been dining at Henry’s since it opened in 1961. A nomination for the taco stand to be recognized as a Historic-Cultural Monument went before the City of Los Angeles  Cultural Heritage Commission back in November. Following  approval by the Cultural Heritage Commission, the  nomination went before the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee. At that Read more » [...]

Action Alert!

Barry Building Support Needed

Barry Building, 2007 (Photo by Ty Miller)

Milton Caughey, 1951 Your support is needed for the Barry Building, Historic-Cultural Monument #887. The Final EIR (Environmental Impact Report) still calls for demolition of the landmark despite  more than 800 letters of support submitted with the release of the DEIR (Draft Environmental Impact Report). As we mentioned in this post, the Barry Building at 11973 San Vicente Boulevard in Brentwood is threatened with demolition to make way for a new development called Green Hollow Square. Charles T. Munger seeks to raze the building while preservationists encourage an alternative plan with development Read more » [...]

Demolished

West Hollywood Library

Image courtesy of Joyce Fickett

Edward Fickett, 1959 The award-winning Fickett-designed library in West Hollywood Park was demolished on September 29, 2011. It was a sudden blow for many who were in favor of an adaptive reuse of the building and there was a plea from preservationists that the building should be recognized as a resource and repurposed. In 2004, a new West Hollywood Park Master Plan was approved that included the planned demolition of the city’s library, designed by noted architect Edward Fickett. At the time, the building was less than fifty years old, Read more » [...]

Preservation Issue

Home Savings Tower

Photo by Mike Smith 2009 via Flickr

Millard Sheets with Langdon and Wilson, 1963   In exploring options to meet its business needs, present owner Chase Bank proposed demolition of this important example of work within the Home Savings family of buildings. Along with local preservationists in the Pomona area, we attended a meeting with Chase to express our concern for this landmark. As Chase continues to explore option for using this property, we are confident that they now understand the importance of this building within the community and as part ofthe Home Savings network, as well Read more » [...]

Preservation Issue

UCLA Faculty Center

Photo by Joe Fletcher

Austin, Field, & Fry, 1959     In 2010, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) announced plans for a new hotel and conference center which threatened the 1959 Faculty Center with demolition. The plan was met with opposition from neighbors and faculty including the committee Save the Faculty Center. The Modern Committee joined the preser vation effort and the Los Angeles Conservancy submitted comments to the Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the project in February 2011 urging that the property be evaluated as a historic resource. We are happy to Read more » [...]

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Norm's Coffee Shop

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Armet & Davis, 1957 Norm’s restaurant located on La Cienega Blvd in Fairfax Village suffered damage from a hit-and-run accident in the early morning hours of November 17th. A vehicle plowed through a window, damaging a booth and original ceramic tile.  Repairs have been made and the restaurant is still in operation.  This Norm’s location at 470 North La Cienega is the oldest in the chain. Photo Credit: you-are-here.com [...]

Spotlight

Johnie's Coffee Shop

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Armet & Davis, 1955 Johnie’s Coffee Shop, a long-beloved restaurant that sits on the corner of Wilshire Blvd at Fairfax, opened in 1955 as Romeo’s Times Square.  The coffee shop closed in 2000 after acquisition by the Gold family, owners of the 99 Cents Only chain of stores. Since then it has only been used for filming. The latest news is that the 99 Cents Only chain was acquired in October by an investment firm. Photo Credit: you-are-here.com [...]

Preservation Issue

The Barry Building

Barry Building, 2007 (Photo by Ty Miller)

Milton Caughey, 1951 The 1951 Barry Building, at 11973 San Vicente Boulevard in Brentwood, remains targeted for demolition — even though it has been designated by the City of Los Angeles as a Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM). A Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) was released in early 2011 and over 65 letters were submitted prior to the April 20th deadline for public comment . The Los Angeles Conservancy and our Modern Committee believe that “demolishing this building would be unnecessary, misguided, and detrimental to the City’s program of local landmarks”. The Read more » [...]

Spotlight

Cinerama Dome

Welton Becket and Associates, 1963 In 1963 Welton Becket and Associates proposed radical new plans for a Cinerama Inc. theater and prepared to build 600 worldwide over a two-year period.  The radical design was based on the geodesic dome developed by R. Buckminster Fuller. The building concept was praised for its efficiency both in cost and speed at which it could be built. The first location to be built is located on Sunset near Vine Street and was completed by the November 2nd press premiere of It’s a Mad, Mad, Read more » [...]

Demolished

Columbia Savings Building

Irving Shapiro, 1965 The 1965 Columbia Savings Building on the Miracle Mile was demolished in January 2010 despite an intensive preservation effort. The building was an important example of postwar bank design as well as the innovative integration of art and architecture. Most recently, the building had served as Wilshire Grace Church. This issue underscores the plight of buildings from our recent past that are not yet fully understood or appreciated. The Sixties Turn 50 program by the Conservancy and our Modern Committee is working hard to build awareness of Read more » [...]