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Hollywood, California 90078
The ADSLA Committee for Preservation Advocacy is pleased to announce that the Judge Redwine Building has passed its most important step towards Historic Cultural Monument (HCM) designation. At its meeting on February 4, 2016, the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission voted to approve monument status for the building. The ADSLA also wishes to thank our preservation partners the LA Conservancy and Hollywood Heritage who sent letters of support and spoke at the initial hearing in December.
The ownerâ€™s intentions remain unclear and they did not speak at the hearing. The next step in the process is for the Commissionâ€™s approved nomination to go before the Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) subcommittee of the City Council for approval (sometime in the next 90 days or so). Once approved at PLUM, it will then go before the full council for final approval. Normally at this point, the Commissionâ€™s recommendation is approved as a consent item unless the owner has serious objections. The ADSLA will continue its ongoing outreach efforts with Councilman Oâ€™Farrellâ€™s office to ensure passage.
Which do you think is better, The Thin Man movies with William Powell and Myrna Loy, or the original book by Dashiell Hammett? Join us for a lively discussion on Facebook as we debate the merits of both. The ADSLA Book Club is designed to chat about books onlineâ€”and maybe get together three or four times a year to continue the conversation. We aim to have fun and to choose novels from the Deco Era that reflect the times but are not too â€śed-ju-ma-cational,â€ť as they would have said in the Roaring Twenties. Check us out on Facebook!
Neighborhood Gems Hiding in Plain Sight
Willing Workers 4801-13 Washington Boulevard
Some buildings survive intact, and others are remodeled to an unrecognizable state, but few manage such a neat split as this building at 4801-4813 Washington Boulevard. The front of the building features simple lines and applied arches that look like midcentury modern, but walk around the corner, and wow! A perfectly gorgeous facade by S. Charles Lee, possibly the most celebrated theatre architect in California.
It was built in 1930 for Trabue Pittman Corporation, and the Los Angeles Times noted that space in the building had been leased to "the F.W. Woolworth Company, International Provision Company, a drug store and two shops." It was obviously a popular destination: In 1931, twenty chain-stores maintained branches on Washington Boulevard between Western and Rimpau.
As a city grows and spreads, so does its need for hospitals, schools and jails. By 1928, the L.A. police chief was pleading for more officers, and Venice had grown large enough to justify its own jail and police station. It opened with little apparent fanfare in 1929, and the cells of the new building at 685 Venice Blvd. began to fill.
The ADSLA is a small, all-volunteer organization and Los Angeles is a big city. Our Preservation Committeeâ€”averaging 4 to 6 peopleâ€”has managed to do a lot with far too little time and manpower, but itâ€™s not enough. If you have good ideas for how to preserve our Deco heritage and are willing to work hard to do it, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Events Committee, who are responsible for raising the money for everything we do, including our Bricks and Mortar grants to help preserve specific structures, could also use energetic volunteers. Many of our events do not add to ADSLA coffers because they are designed to raise money for a partner organization preserving a specific landmark, but the Events Committee works just as hard on those as they do on fundraisers for the ADSLA.
After learning of the demolition of the Mole-Richardson building located at 900 N. La Brea, our president John Thomas reached out to city officials to determine how this wonderful Art Deco building could be demolished without any public notification or internal review by the Office of Historic preservation.
Mess Hall, Sawtelle Veterans Administration