WeHo to Launch Commercial Historic Buildings Survey

Emser Building, 8431 Santa Monica Blvd., built in 1925.
Emser Building, 8431 Santa Monica Blvd., built in 1925.

The city will kick off its survey of commercial historic resources in West Hollywood with a community meeting on Monday.

West Hollywood is updating its inventory of commercial historic resources. The team working on the project will discuss with those attending the historic resources survey, which will include commercial properties constructed through 1975. Attendees are invited to make comments and share information important to the project, such as important locations, people, dates, and events pertaining to the city’s commercial buildings.

The meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in rooms 5 and 6 of the West Hollywood Community Center at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. at Fuller. For more information, contact Antonio Castillo, Associate Planner, at (323) 848-6854 or at acastillo@weho.org.


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John
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John

We can all be certain that this process is going to be a disaster when the foundational premise is that a concrete parking structure built in the 1970s is “historic” just because it’s next to something that no longer exists. Tear down all this old garbage and put in better, bigger buildings so we can have lower commercial rents, lower prices at stores and restaurants, more stable businesses, and better employment conditions for workers. When Larry Block has to pay $10,000 a month in rent for a small and crummy old space for a store, and can barely survive, and… Read more »

mike dunn
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That so called parking structure houses both Transportation and Maintenance facilities for the MTA which shares the same address, 8800 Santa Monica Bl., that was used when the Pacific Electric existed where the MTA Division 7 sits as well as the property that the Pacific Design Center occupies. Under the guidelines the current facility meets the criteria as well as the use of the property which dates back for over one hundred years. The MTA is the largest single employer in West Hollywood and many of the businesses in the vicinity would disappear if the MTA were to close down… Read more »

JJ
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JJ

Jim, that cracked me up. Sad part is, there was probably a group within the City trying to save it. LOL

Jim Nasium
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Jim Nasium

It’s too late for Koo Koo Roo. We’ve lost our chicken history. Sad.

mike dunn
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It’s kind of interesting that the Emser Building is featured and has been declared a Historic Monument. It’s nothing but an old Bekins Warehouse, one of many on the westside. In fact there is one on Highland just south of Santa Monica Blvd. that is far more artistic than that blob and pain in the a** building at Santa Monica and Olive Dr. Who stored their crap there that makes it so important?

Rick Watts
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Rick Watts

Please add the former “French Market” blg now in danger of demolition.

JJ
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JJ

Just because something is old, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s historic and worthy of being with us until the end of time. I can just see this list now..the Mobil station on Santa Monica Blvd. because Bette Davis use to fill her gas tank there….the Hamburger Haven because Farrah Fawcett got a double/double there every Wed….I sure hope there are tight controls on this list otherwise we’ll be stuck with a lot of crap and won’t be able to get rid of it. I personally don’t want to see an old bus depot on the list just because it was… Read more »

mike dunn
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Is that the same “old bus depot’ next to the “county jail” at Santa Monica and San Vicente?

Jon Ponder
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There is one property that is arguably a bit older: the Victor Ponet property immediately north of the rail yard, much of which is still owned by Mr. Ponet’s heirs, the Montgomery family. In 1892, Victor Ponet purchased 280 acres that are now parts of the city of West Hollywood and the Hollywood Hills West section of LA. In 1906, Sunset Boulevard was extended from its terminus at Crescent Heights Boulevard westward to the Ponet property, which was then a country estate where Mr. Ponet cultivated poinsettias and avocados. (Around that same time, Mr. Ponet underwrote the establishment of St.… Read more »

mike dunn
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Your entirely right Jon. As a member of St Victors church I should have remembered it was the Ponet family that helped find our wonderful place of worship. And it is still the Montgomery family that supports us and are members.

mike dunn
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Although many hate the MTA Division 7 property on Santa Monica Bl. at San Vicente it qualifies in more than one way as being historic. The present Transportation/Maintenance facility was constructed in the early 1970’s by the RTD to replace buildings constructed by the old MTA and Metropolitan Coach Lines. Previous to the MCL ownership the property including the land now occupied by the Pacific Design Center was a Pacific Electric rail yard beginning in the late 1800’s / early 1900’s. No other structure or property dates back as far as the MTA Division 7 property in West Hollywood.