West Hollywood’s Historic Planning Commission on Monday will review local hotelier Jeff Klein’s plans for turning the long dilapidated San Vicente Inn into an upscale urban inn.
The four bungalows that make up the inn, which is on the west side of San Vicente Boulevard just north of Santa Monica, were built around 1899 in what was then known as the Town of Sherman after Moses Sherman, a railroad developer. They have been designated historically significant because they were the homes of some of the very first residents of what now is West Hollywood.
The bungalows were converted into what became a “clothing optional” gay inn, which eventually became known as a center of illegal drug use and prostitution. Since acquiring the property last year, Klein has ejected drug users who were regular occupants and cleaned up the inn’s exterior and courtyard.
He is proposing to convert the property into a 32-room inn. While the original Sherman-era buildings will be preserved, Klein also is proposing to erect a four-story building behind the bungalow at 850 San Vicente that will house the majority of the guest rooms.
Klein is owner of the Sunset Tower hotel on Sunset Boulevard. That building, which was designed by noted architect Leland A. Bryant, opened in 1931 and is considered a leading example of Art Deco architecture in Los Angeles and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Klein purchased the Sunset Tower in 2004 and restored it in 2006. It is known for its Tower Bar and celebrity guests.
The Historic Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. at the Plummer Park Community Center, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. at Martel.