Threatened Historic and Cultural Resources

The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles Preservation Committee has developed a Threatened Historic and Cultural Resources List. This list is designed to educate ADSLA members about Art Deco buildings and related cultural resources that we believe are threatened for demolition, or due to poor maintenance, may be subject to damage resulting in demolition or cause significant irreversible negative impacts.
We will be updating the list periodically as more threatened resources are discovered or the resources listed have been stabilized.
 
Periodically the Preservation Committee will be asking for assistance with our preservation initiatives that might include writing letters of support, appearing before government agencies, contacting local elected and appointment officials and attending public meetings.
 
If you know of any Art Deco period buildings or related cultural resources that are threatened with demolition or alteration that you would like to alert us about, please feel free to send the information to the ADSLA Preservation Committee at artdecola@sbcglobal.net.
 
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Spring 2011 Threatened List
 
 •  The Fairfax Theater, 7907 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles 90048 (W. C. Pennell, 1929)
The Fairfax Theater is threatened as the result of a planned reuse multi-residential apartment building. The developer proposes to gut the building and reuse only the exterior art deco façade.
 
•  The Firestone Tire Building, 800 South La Brea, Los Angeles 90036 (1937)
Although not currently under threat of demolition, this great example of streamline moderne architecture is adjacent to a planned development that has resulted in the demolition of neighboring architecturally significant buildings.
 
•  Interior Murals, Golden State Mutual Life Building, 1999 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles 90018 (Paul R. Williams, 1949)
Done in the WPA style, the interior murals are highly significant examples of integrated art celebrating black history.  Painted by noted African American artists Charles Alston and Hale Woodruff, these murals are believed to be their only public art in Los Angeles.
 
•  Santa Anita Race Track, 285 West Huntington Drive, Arcadia 91007  (Gordon B. Kaufman, 1934)
The City of Arcadia has approved a plan for an 830,000-square-foot commercial mixed use development that would include retail and office space. How this development would impact the existing historic setting and/or any demolition to achieve the project is of particular concern to ADSLA.
 
•  Sixth Street Viaduct (Bridge connecting Boyle Heights and Downtown)  (J. P. Knapp and Merrill Butler, 1932)
Although ADSLA recognizes the need to ensure the bridge is safe and survives any seismic event, we are, nevertheless, concerned about the outright demotion of the 1932 Sixth Street Bridge, which is a Historic Cultural Monument. ADSLA would like other preservation alternatives to be considered, including the reuse of the Art Deco pylons and related structures that are part of the bridge system.
 
•  Original Glenn E. Thomas Dodge Building (Acres of Books), 240 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach 90802 (architect and year built unknown)
This building is currently slated for adaptive reuse and the project has been approved by the City of Long Beach. ADSLA will be monitoring the project to ensure the eventual role of a non-profit group to manage the asset and related operations.
 
•  Art Deco Building (formerly Paladar Restaurant), 1651 Wilcox Avenue, Hollywood 90028  (Architect Unknown, 1929)
This small Art Deco building is currently undergoing a remodel and ADSLA will monitor to ensure the existing Art Deco ironwork located outside the building is not removed.