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Petition Launched to Stop LADWP’s Demolition of The Lot’s Sinatra Bungalow

Petition Launched to Stop LADWP’s Demolition of The Lot’s Sinatra Bungalow

Tue, Mar 14, 2017 3 Comments

The petition’s signers include entertainment execs and workers on The Lot, whose lease with LADWP for the Bungalow property expires March 31.

Worth a Look: Great Hall / Long Hall As a Home for HIV/AIDS Activists

Worth a Look: Great Hall / Long Hall As a Home for HIV/AIDS Activists

Wed, Mar 01, 2017 16 Comments

Laura Dominguez, preservation manager at the Los Angeles Conservancy, chronicles the importance of Plummer Park’s Great Hall / Long Hall for early HIV/AIDS activists in a story with a video on KCET’s website that is worth a look.

“Completed in 1938, Plummer Park and its Great Hall/Long Hall reveal essential layers in West Hollywood’s development and identity, from its New Deal origins to its role in LGBTQ community organizing.

“Decades after its construction, at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and ’90s, the facility in Plummer Park hosted meetings of the local chapter of the prominent advocacy group ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), serving as the backdrop to unprecedented campaigns for greater visibility and more effective treatment. The group was instrumental in compelling the federal government to…

The Factory Determined Eligible for National Register of Historic Places

The Factory Determined Eligible for National Register of Historic Places

Tue, Feb 21, 2017 6 Comments

The U.S. National Park Service has decided that The Factory building on West Hollywood’s Robertson Boulevard is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Its eligibility is based on the fact that it was home from 1929 to 1946 to the Mitchell Camera Co., manufacturer of Hollywood film equipment, and from 1974 […]

Majority of Students at Public Schools Serving WeHo Are ‘Disadvantaged’

Majority of Students at Public Schools Serving WeHo Are ‘Disadvantaged’

Fri, Dec 30, 2016 1 Comment

Disadvantaged students make up a majority of the students at local public schools serving West Hollywood. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers based on data from the California Department of Education.

In 2013, the State of California changed its school funding formula to focus more resources on disadvantaged students. The formula provides 20% more money for each disadvantaged student. Then it gives extra money to districts with a concentration of disadvantaged students (more than 55% of the student body).

“Disadvantaged” means that the students come from low-income households, are in foster care, or are learning English. They have, on average, lower educational outcomes because of these challenges. The new funding aims to help schools change that. As Gov. Jerry Brown has explained, “Our disadvantaged students…

L.A. City Council Designates Lytton Savings Building as Historical Cultural Monument

L.A. City Council Designates Lytton Savings Building as Historical Cultural Monument

Tue, Dec 13, 2016 12 Comments

The designation will delay construction of the 8150 Sunset project, but it’s unclear what impact it will ultimately have on the Lytton building’s preservation.

WEHO HISTORY: Architecture

Long-Planned Renovation of San Vicente Inn Set to Begin Nov. 28

Long-Planned Renovation of San Vicente Inn Set to Begin Nov. 28

Tue, Nov 15, 2016 3 Comments

A long-planned renovation of the San Vicente Inn is set to finally begin on Nov. 28.

Jeff Klein, owner of the Sunset Tower hotel on Sunset Boulevard, bought the property in 2013 and then embarked on a lengthy and arduous process of preparing it for renovation. R.D. Olson Construction has notified neighbors of the inn that construction will begin Nov. 28 and likely will be completed in 18 months.

Klein plans to convert the existing 29-unit motel into an “urban inn” with a total of 32 rooms and a restaurant and off-site parking while preserving the historic character of the existing buildings. The inn’s three buildings on the west side of San Vicente Boulevard north of Santa Monica and the stand-alone Victorian structure on a lot across the street have been designated local cultural historical resources as part of the Old Sherman…

Julius Shulman Spread the Word About WeHo’s Modernist Architecture

Julius Shulman Spread the Word About WeHo’s Modernist Architecture

Thu, Oct 06, 2016 2 Comments

His photos of local homes and buildings, such as William Beckett’s office building on 9020 Melrose Ave., above, helped promote Southern California’s brand of modernism worldwide.

Mutant Beauty On The Sunset Strip: Breasts, Brazilians and Beats

Mutant Beauty On The Sunset Strip: Breasts, Brazilians and Beats

Thu, Mar 24, 2016 3 Comments

Long rumored to have been designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, our writer’s research finally confirms it.

Schindler House Part II: The (Unsuccessful) Fight to Stop Condos Next Door

Schindler House Part II: The (Unsuccessful) Fight to Stop Condos Next Door

Tue, Feb 09, 2016 7 Comments

MAK Center CEO Peter Noever pulled out all the stops but couldn’t stop construction of a condo building designed by noted architect Lorcan O’Herlihy.

A World of Ideas for Saving Schindler’s WeHo Paradise

A World of Ideas for Saving Schindler’s WeHo Paradise

Mon, Feb 08, 2016 4 Comments

13 years ago leading architects from around the world offered Ideas ranged from raising the Kings Road house above the rooflines of its neighbors to picking it up and moving it.

‘Princes of Kings Road’ Imagines Reunion of Rudolph Schindler and Richard Neutra

‘Princes of Kings Road’ Imagines Reunion of Rudolph Schindler and Richard Neutra

Tue, Sep 22, 2015 1 Comment

The play depicts a reunion of the famed Modernist architects 23 years after their friendship ended.

North Kings Road, Part II: The Wild, Wild West

North Kings Road, Part II: The Wild, Wild West

Mon, Aug 17, 2015 3 Comments

What role did North Kings Road play in the selection of L.A.’s first police chief? What act changed the character of the street, with the construction of eight multi-story buildings with 400 apartments and the destruction of many single-family homes?

WEHO HISTORY: Art & Artists

Majority of Students at Public Schools Serving WeHo Are ‘Disadvantaged’

Majority of Students at Public Schools Serving WeHo Are ‘Disadvantaged’

Fri, Dec 30, 2016 1 Comment

Disadvantaged students make up a majority of the students at local public schools serving West Hollywood. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers based on data from the California Department of Education.

In 2013, the State of California changed its school funding formula to focus more resources on disadvantaged students. The formula provides 20% more money for each disadvantaged student. Then it gives extra money to districts with a concentration of disadvantaged students (more than 55% of the student body).

“Disadvantaged” means that the students come from low-income households, are in foster care, or are learning English. They have, on average, lower educational outcomes because of these challenges. The new funding aims to help schools change that. As Gov. Jerry Brown has explained, “Our disadvantaged students…

WeHo’s Gallery Row Was Once the Center of L.A. Art

WeHo’s Gallery Row Was Once the Center of L.A. Art

Fri, Jun 24, 2016 3 Comments

An exhibit of his soup cans at the Ferus Gallery in July 1962 is what made Andy Warhol’s career take off. Now that stretch of La Cienega is part of the La Cienega Design Quarter.

Famous 20th Century Authors Give WeHo a World-Class Literary History

Famous 20th Century Authors Give WeHo a World-Class Literary History

Fri, Dec 11, 2015 5 Comments

Bob Bishop calls out famous writers who lived in what now is West Hollywood to work as screenwriters, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, who lives at 1440 N. Hayworth, pictured above.

North Kings Road: Actors, Architects, Novelists and Their Ghosts

North Kings Road: Actors, Architects, Novelists and Their Ghosts

Mon, Aug 10, 2015 6 Comments

From Charlie Chaplin to Aldous Huxley, Rudolph Schindler to Warren Zevon, Bob Bishop takes a look at the creative, and sometimes eccentric, people for which WeHo’s North Kings Road is famous.

WEHO HISTORY: Celebrities

Majority of Students at Public Schools Serving WeHo Are ‘Disadvantaged’

Majority of Students at Public Schools Serving WeHo Are ‘Disadvantaged’

Fri, Dec 30, 2016 1 Comment

Disadvantaged students make up a majority of the students at local public schools serving West Hollywood. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers based on data from the California Department of Education.

In 2013, the State of California changed its school funding formula to focus more resources on disadvantaged students. The formula provides 20% more money for each disadvantaged student. Then it gives extra money to districts with a concentration of disadvantaged students (more than 55% of the student body).

“Disadvantaged” means that the students come from low-income households, are in foster care, or are learning English. They have, on average, lower educational outcomes because of these challenges. The new funding aims to help schools change that. As Gov. Jerry Brown has explained, “Our disadvantaged students…

WeHo’s Gallery Row Was Once the Center of L.A. Art

WeHo’s Gallery Row Was Once the Center of L.A. Art

Fri, Jun 24, 2016 3 Comments

An exhibit of his soup cans at the Ferus Gallery in July 1962 is what made Andy Warhol’s career take off. Now that stretch of La Cienega is part of the La Cienega Design Quarter.

Famous 20th Century Authors Give WeHo a World-Class Literary History

Famous 20th Century Authors Give WeHo a World-Class Literary History

Fri, Dec 11, 2015 5 Comments

Bob Bishop calls out famous writers who lived in what now is West Hollywood to work as screenwriters, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, who lives at 1440 N. Hayworth, pictured above.

North Kings Road: Actors, Architects, Novelists and Their Ghosts

North Kings Road: Actors, Architects, Novelists and Their Ghosts

Mon, Aug 10, 2015 6 Comments

From Charlie Chaplin to Aldous Huxley, Rudolph Schindler to Warren Zevon, Bob Bishop takes a look at the creative, and sometimes eccentric, people for which WeHo’s North Kings Road is famous.

WEHO HISTORY: Culturally & Historically Significant Buildings

Petition Launched to Stop LADWP’s Demolition of The Lot’s Sinatra Bungalow

Petition Launched to Stop LADWP’s Demolition of The Lot’s Sinatra Bungalow

Tue, Mar 14, 2017 3 Comments

The petition’s signers include entertainment execs and workers on The Lot, whose lease with LADWP for the Bungalow property expires March 31.

Worth a Look: Great Hall / Long Hall As a Home for HIV/AIDS Activists

Worth a Look: Great Hall / Long Hall As a Home for HIV/AIDS Activists

Wed, Mar 01, 2017 16 Comments

Laura Dominguez, preservation manager at the Los Angeles Conservancy, chronicles the importance of Plummer Park’s Great Hall / Long Hall for early HIV/AIDS activists in a story with a video on KCET’s website that is worth a look.

“Completed in 1938, Plummer Park and its Great Hall/Long Hall reveal essential layers in West Hollywood’s development and identity, from its New Deal origins to its role in LGBTQ community organizing.

“Decades after its construction, at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and ’90s, the facility in Plummer Park hosted meetings of the local chapter of the prominent advocacy group ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), serving as the backdrop to unprecedented campaigns for greater visibility and more effective treatment. The group was instrumental in compelling the federal government to…

The Factory Determined Eligible for National Register of Historic Places

The Factory Determined Eligible for National Register of Historic Places

Tue, Feb 21, 2017 6 Comments

The U.S. National Park Service has decided that The Factory building on West Hollywood’s Robertson Boulevard is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Its eligibility is based on the fact that it was home from 1929 to 1946 to the Mitchell Camera Co., manufacturer of Hollywood film equipment, and from 1974 […]

L.A. City Council Designates Lytton Savings Building as Historical Cultural Monument

L.A. City Council Designates Lytton Savings Building as Historical Cultural Monument

Tue, Dec 13, 2016 12 Comments

The designation will delay construction of the 8150 Sunset project, but it’s unclear what impact it will ultimately have on the Lytton building’s preservation.

L.A. City Council on Tuesday Will Vote on Lytton Savings Building Status

L.A. City Council on Tuesday Will Vote on Lytton Savings Building Status

Mon, Dec 12, 2016 4 Comments

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday will decide whether to grant the Lytton Saving Bank building status as an historic cultural monument.

The building is located on the lot at 8150 Sunset Blvd. where Townscape Partners is planning a project that will include 229 residential units of mostly apartments and 65,000 square feet of commercial space, with plans for a grocery store, restaurants and retail shops. The project is designed by the firm of celebrated architect Frank Gehry, the man who designed the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

The L.A. City Council on Nov. 1 approved the 8150 Sunset project, which raises the question of what will happen to the Lytton Savings building if the council should grant it the historic-cultural designation sought by groups such as the L.A. Conservancy and Friends of Lytton…

Cultural Designation of Former Jim Morrison Home to Go Before the WeHo City Council

Cultural Designation of Former Jim Morrison Home to Go Before the WeHo City Council

Tue, Oct 25, 2016 4 Comments

WeHo’s Historic Preservation Commission voted unanimously Monday night to pass along to the City Council a request from the owner of 8214 Norton Ave. that it be designated culturally significant. But the commission also agreed to note to the Council that its initial approval in 2014 came in a 3-to-4 vote. Current Commissioners Allegra Allison and Ed Levin are among those who voted against the designation in 2014.

Commission Chair Gail Ostergren said it was unclear why the 2014 decision was not passed along to the City Council for its final approval. The owner of the building, Cheri Woods, has asked that it be designated as culturally significant because it once was the home of Jim Morrison of the Doors. Woods has evicted the building’s tenants and wants to turn it into a bed and breakfast. City staffers last year raised questions…

Study Finds 57 WeHo Commercial Buildings of Historic Significance

Study Finds 57 WeHo Commercial Buildings of Historic Significance

Fri, Sep 02, 2016 17 Comments

The study by GPA Consulting gives the City Council an opportunity to add to the current list of 27 historically significant non-residential buildings.

WEHO HISTORY: Route 66

Get Your Kicks Seeing Route 66 on Santa Monica at Crescent Heights

Get Your Kicks Seeing Route 66 on Santa Monica at Crescent Heights

Tue, Nov 08, 2016 3 Comments

The black plastic covering the fence along the former Walgreens lot at 8120 Santa Monica Blvd. is down, probably wrapped by the time you read this in “The Kicks of Route 66,” a colorful mural celebrating the 90th anniversary of Route 66.

Route 66, known as the Main Street of America, was one of the first national highways. It was established in 1926 and ran from Chicago to Santa Monica, passing through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona and West Hollywood along what is now known as Santa Monica Boulevard. Route 66 was officially removed from the federal highway system in 1985, with most of it replaced by the federal Interstate Highway System.

The Kicks mural — 33 panels each 7 feet high by 684 feet long, was commissioned by WeHo Arts in partnership with West Hollywood’s Department of Public Works…

WeHo’s Route 66: The Starwood — White Punks on Dope, or White Dopes on Punk?

WeHo’s Route 66: The Starwood — White Punks on Dope, or White Dopes on Punk?

Mon, Oct 17, 2016 3 Comments

During its 8-year run, Starwood Club helped revitalize a struggling club scene by being one of the first to book important local punk and new wave bands such as Devo, above, and those in the fledgling metal scene.

How West Hollywood Got Its (Economic) Kicks from Route 66

How West Hollywood Got Its (Economic) Kicks from Route 66

Tue, Sep 06, 2016 4 Comments

Thanks to Route 66 West Hollywood’s history and growth mirrors motion pictures, the car culture and fast food, an unbeatable combination along any highway

When Little Richard Crashed on WeHo’s Route 66

When Little Richard Crashed on WeHo’s Route 66

Tue, Jul 26, 2016 3 Comments

The famous ‘King and Queen of Rock n Roll’ lived at the Hyatt (now the Andaz) home in the 80s and 90s and almost died on Santa Monica Boulevard.

WEHO HISTORY: Sunset Strip

A Poker-Style Casino Wasn’t in the Cards for Young West Hollywood

A Poker-Style Casino Wasn’t in the Cards for Young West Hollywood

Thu, Nov 17, 2016 5 Comments

In 1980s West Hollywood, glam metal hair bands had the Troubadour, modern artists had Gallery Row and serious players of skill-based card games had an exclusive club on the Sunset Strip called Cavendish West that had opened in 1971 to catch the backgammon craze sweeping the country.
The private card room attracted movie moguls and wealthy socialites who liked playing gin, bridge and backgammon for high stakes in a relaxed, clubby atmosphere, according to “One of a Kind,” a book about the world’s greatest poker player.

Cavendish West was a relatively small club with 45 card tables. Mainstays also included professional gamblers drawn by big-time gin action, as well as some of the country’s top backgammon players looking to improve their game or learn new ones.

9255 Sunset Blvd., home of the former Cavendish West Club, which…

‘There’s Something Happening Here…’ Chronicles the Counterculture of The Strip

‘There’s Something Happening Here…’ Chronicles the Counterculture of The Strip

Wed, Oct 26, 2016 4 Comments

West Hollywood is marking the 50th anniversary of one of the pivotal moments of music and protest of the 1960s — the Sunset Strip Curfew Riots. Beginning Friday, the city will host a series of events and exhibitions that explore the cultural significance of that era: “There’s Something Happening Here… On the Sunset Strip 1966.”

The Sunset Strip Curfew Riots erupted on Nov. 12, 1966, in protest to curfews and efforts to close nightclubs that catered to young music fans. The 10 p.m. curfew and strict no loitering laws were imposed i by L.A. County after complaints from nearby residents and businesses about young people blocking the sidewalks outside nightclubs.  As many as 1,000 young people showed up at Pandora’s Box, a club on the Strip at Crescent Heights, on Nov. 12 for a demonstration attended by celebrities like Peter Fonda…

Filthy McNasty, Icon of the Old Sunset Strip, Has Died

Filthy McNasty, Icon of the Old Sunset Strip, Has Died

Sat, Apr 23, 2016 2 Comments

Word is spreading about the death of one of the iconic (and most oddly named) figures of the Sunset Strip — Filthy McNasty.

McNasty, whose eponymous nightclub was the predecessor to what now is the Viper Room and who also owned F.M. Station in North Hollywood, died of cancer on April 13. His death at the age of 73 was disclosed on his Facebook page on Tuesday and has drawn comments from several dozen friends and co-workers. They include local rockers and James Rogan, a U.S District Court judge in California and a two-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“The news of the passing of my former boss, Filthy McNasty, is devastating to all of us who knew him,” Rogan wrote in his post on McNasty’s Facebook page. “From 1979 to around 1982 I was one of his bartenders at the Strip and North Hollywood clubs. When I learned he…

Mutant Beauty On The Sunset Strip: Breasts, Brazilians and Beats

Mutant Beauty On The Sunset Strip: Breasts, Brazilians and Beats

Thu, Mar 24, 2016 3 Comments

Long rumored to have been designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, our writer’s research finally confirms it.

From Villa Nova to Rainbow Bar and Grill, the 71 Years of an Iconic Sunset Strip Club

From Villa Nova to Rainbow Bar and Grill, the 71 Years of an Iconic Sunset Strip Club

Sun, Aug 30, 2015 4 Comments

Alison Martino of Vintage Los Angeles interviews Charlotte Dale, 91, who founded Villa Nova with her husband, and Mikael Maglieri, whose father opened the Rainbow Bar and Grill.

Ever Wonder Why So Many English Tudor Buildings Line the Sunset Strip?

Ever Wonder Why So Many English Tudor Buildings Line the Sunset Strip?

Mon, Aug 26, 2013 1 Comment

Unlike the Spanish and Art Deco buildings of Hollywood proper, much of the Strip, including the Rainbow Bar and Grill and The Roxy, was built in the Tudor revival style.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip to Be Featured in Upcoming WeHo Photo Exhibit

Rock ‘n’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip to Be Featured in Upcoming WeHo Photo Exhibit

Thu, Jul 25, 2013

An exhibition featuring photos from West Hollywood photographer Robert Landau’s book “Rock ‘n’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip” will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10 at the West Hollywood Library, 625 San Vicente Blvd. in between Santa Monica and Melrose. The exhibit will be on view through mid-October during regular library […]

WEHO HISTORY: WeHo’s Early Days

Camels, Confederates and Other Stories from West Hollywood’s Civil War History

Camels, Confederates and Other Stories from West Hollywood’s Civil War History

Mon, Dec 12, 2016

California is famous for the 1849 Gold Rush, but how many people realize that its gold paid for one-fourth of the Union’s Civil War expenses? The state’s important but sometimes overlooked role in the conflict gave West Hollywood a Civil War history of its own – and no, it has nothing to do with the making of “Gone with the Wind.”

• The city’s main connection to the War Between the States has all the makings of an Old West tall tale. An Army experiment begun before the war was testing camels’ suitability for military missions when it was abandoned because of the conflict. Camels that weren’t bought at auction were set free to roam Rancho La Brea, where they terrorized livestock and wild animals for several decades.

• Another link to the war is that a historic city street carries the family name of a Confederate…

It Wasn’t Just a Railyard that Moses Sherman Built

It Wasn’t Just a Railyard that Moses Sherman Built

Mon, Apr 25, 2016 10 Comments

Sherman also is the creator of what now is known as West Hollywood Elementary School, one of only two public schools in the city’s borders.

Riding a Streetcar Named Nostalgia Through West Hollywood and Beyond

Riding a Streetcar Named Nostalgia Through West Hollywood and Beyond

Thu, Oct 01, 2015 4 Comments

More than 100 years ago 3,000 trolley cars whizzed along 1,100 miles of trolley track in what now is car-clogged Los Angeles

California’s 4th Most Densely Populated City, and How It Got That Way

California’s 4th Most Densely Populated City, and How It Got That Way

Mon, Sep 14, 2015 11 Comments

While debates rage today over West Hollywood’s population density, history reveals its always been that way (at least since the 1930s)

Plummer Park and Great Hall / Long Hall’s Place in WeHo History

Plummer Park and Great Hall / Long Hall’s Place in WeHo History

Fri, Dec 06, 2013 18 Comments

OPINION: WeHo Preservation Alliance explains the historic and cultural significance of Plummer Park and Great Hall / Long Hall, which the City Council wants to demolish.

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