Spotlight on the Hollywood Redwine Building Landmark Nomination Process

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 owner’s intentions remain unclear and they did not speak at the hearing. The next step in the process is for the Commission’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 Commission’s recommendation is approved as a consent item unless the owner has serious objections. The ADSLA will continue its ongoing outreach efforts with Councilman O’Farrell’s office to ensure passage.

The ADSLA Book Club

ImageWhich 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 online—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 “ed-ju-ma-cational,” as they would have said in the Roaring Twenties. Check us out on Facebook!

Neighborhood Gems Hiding in Plain Sight: The Willing Workers Building

Deco Discoveries:

Neighborhood Gems Hiding in Plain Sight

Willing Workers 4801-13 Washington Boulevard

ImageImageSome 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.

Neighborhood Gems Hiding in Plain Sight: Venice Police Station, 1929

ImageAs 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.

ADSLA Letter Opposing Alterations to Golden State Mutual Building - 9 July 2014

The letter below was sent by Rory Cunningham, of the ADSLA Preservation Committee, opposing proposed alterations to the historic Golden State Mutual building. Click on the letter for a larger view.

The ADSLA Preservation Committee Needs You!

ImageThe ADSLA is a small, all-volunteer organization and Los Angeles is a big city. Our Preservation Committee—averaging 4 to 6 people—has managed to do a lot with far too little time and manpower, but it’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

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.

Statement from the ADSLA Regarding the Demolition of the Mole-Richardson Building

From the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles

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.

Art Deco Building Demolished June 10 2014

Deco Discoveries: Neighborhood Gems Hiding in Plain Sight (Westwood VA Campus)

Mess Hall, Sawtelle Veterans Administration

Greater Los Angeles Preservation Report - December 2013

ImageThe ADSLA wishes to congratulate the city of Beverly Hills for incorporating their decommissioned post office into the design for the new Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

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