Cultural Resource Designation Sought for Jim Morrison’s Former WeHo Home

Cheri Amor, 8214 N. Norton Ave. (Photo by Cheri Norton)
Cheri Amor, 8214 N. Norton Ave.  (Photo by Cheri Woods)

The West Hollywood Historic Preservation Commission will be asked next week to declare rocker Jim Morrison’s Norton Avenue apartment as a cultural resource.

The Door’s Morrison lived in the building known as Cheri Amour, with his girlfriend, Pamela Courson, in 1970 and 1971. They reportedly had a stormy relationship, with frequent fights at home. Morrison moved from West Hollywood to Paris in March to live with Courson. He died there in July 1971 in the bathtub from what some have said was a heroin overdose.

The building, at 8214 W. Norton between Fountain Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, was purchased in 2003 by Cheri Woods, who is asking for the cultural resource designation. Woods also is asking that the commission grant a rehabilitation incentive for the property, which gives an owner a financial or other incentive to rehabilitate a property.

To date the city has designated 82 historic and cultural resources in West Hollywood.  The Historic Preservation Commission will meet at 7 p.m. on April 28 at the Plummer Park Community Center, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd.

  1. There are many properties in WEHO that could be designated and wouldn’t cost the city anything but the plaque. One that comes to mind for many celebrities is 8439 Sunset. It was formally apartments and has a beautiful new life as offices.

  2. I believe the owner of this property is looking for city money to rehabilitate her property. “Woods also is asking that the commission grant a rehabilitation incentive for the property, which gives an owner a financial or other incentive to rehabilitate a property.”

    I’m sorry, but just because Morrison lived there at one time does absolve an owner from taking care of the property themselves. This owner bought the property in 2003. What has kept her from rehabbing the property since then?

  3. I’d love for the city to do multiple designations like this, like are done in NY and Paris. The problem is with all the tour bus companies, property owners and neighbors are understandably wary of drawing this attention.
    I’ve done this for my own neighborhood, and found lots of tidbits and alleged stories (not all confirmed).
    Out of WeHo, but just north of Sunset on Wetherly is a house – still in the same shape it was in earlier decades, quite nice – that Igor Stravinsky lived in for more than 25 years, longer than any other place he lived. And then the stories attached – he would take on young musical proteges as he got older, and one of his teenage students, unbelievably, was Warren Zevon!
    This might be a way a try to get more involved with the city – the earlier argument over the old Tower Records (which I don’t think deserved designation) did raise the issue that the whole strip, for both music and film, could be full of a walking tour with a lot of signage and plaques that a lot of locals and tourists would find fascinating.

  4. Nothing against Morrison, but there are all sorts of apartments in West Hollywood that housed entertainment legends that have never been considered for such a designation. Marilyn Monroe lived at Harper and Fountain and later, around the corner on De Longpre. Cary Grant lived on both Havenhurst and Sweetzer at certain times. Dorothy Dandridge passed away while living in an apartment on Fountain and La Cienega. What makes the Morrison apartment so special?

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