Gramercy Place Preservation


        Preservation has prevailed again for an Art Deco Icon!
T-Mobile has lost its final appeal to place four cell phone antennae on top of the 1930-31 La Marquise Apartment Tower (LACHM # 853) located at 535 S. Gramercy Place in Los Angeles.  The ADSLA had teamed with numerous neighborhood groups and City Council District 4 in opposing the placement of towers on the roof of this elegant structure designed by architect Paul Kingsbury.  In a hearing late last year the cell service provider was denied the permit to build atop this residential building in a densely populated neighborhood, but T-Mobile appealed the ruling and put substantial financial weight in the form of lobbying efforts behind it.  Despite this property having the additional protection of the Mill's Act, the Cultural Heritage Commission of Los Angeles had endorsed the revised plan to enclose the unsightly cell transmitters in boxes that would be clearly visible from the street.  
After the final hearing in which one of the Central Area Planning Commissioners insinuated that the mobile telecommunications behemoth should look at ways to improve their technology in commercial areas rather than penetrate their commercial business into residential areas, ADSLA member Patricia Carroll stated, "Incredibly the appeal was denied!  We Won!!!!!!"

Photo by Charles Rosenberg