A consultant engaged by the City of West Hollywood has identified nine options for moving the historic Great Hall Long Hall from Plummer Park.
The options will be presented to the city’s Historic Preservation Commission at a meeting at 7 p.m. today at Fiesta Hall in Plummer Park.
Options examined by the consultant, Historic Resources Group of Pasadena, range from moving the Great Hall, the Long Hall, the cloister framed by the two buildings and a separate toilet building to simply cutting the roof, walls and wood framed floors of the Great Hall Long Hall buildings and trucking them to a warehouse for storage.
The first option is the only one that Historic Resources Group (HRG) says will allow the buildings to remain on the National Register of Historic Places. It will preserve the design, material, workmanship and feeling of the building. That alternative calls for the buildings to be relocated west of the current location near North Vista Street. HRG estimates the relocation will cost $1,867,000.
Another option that might enable the building to retain its standing on the Historic Register would include moving only Great Hall and Long Hall and not the cloister area and toilet building. HRG’s report says that option would not preserve the all of the building’s design. It estimates that move would cost $1.426 million.
Simply trucking portions of the building to a storage facility would cost $712,000.
The West Hollywood City Council in January asked city staffers to investigate the feasibility of moving Great Hall Long Hall to allow implementation of a controversial Plummer Park master plan. That plan was approved by the Council in 2004 and called for demolition of Great Hall Long Hall in order to create more green space in the xx-acre park. The original plan also called for construction of an underground parking garage, renovation of the interior of Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall and considering options for new materials and colors for Fiesta Hall’s exterior. The most recent version of the plan states that none of the old trees around Great Hall / Long Hall will be removed and explicitly removes the previously proposed construction of the underground parking garage on the Great Hall / Long Hall site. It does, however, call for construction of an underground parking garage where the parking lot on the south end of Plummer Park currently is located..
The proposed demolition of the historic buildings prompted the organization of a citizens group called Protect Plummer Park. That group organized protests against the city’s plan. It also hired a lawyer who had filed a request for a court order blocking the demolition that the Council was expected to approve on Jan. 21. Instead it accepted a proposal by Councilmember John Duran to postpone the project while the city examined the possibility of moving the buildings.