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Mary See Beats Back Mini-Mall Developers, Saves Scrappy Building

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While developers wanted to turn a building at 135 N. Western Avenue, site of the first See's Candy shop, into a mini-mall, the City Council today stated that no, that would not happen. The building (the shop is no longer there) was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument by the council, according to LAist.com. Perhaps the ghost of Mary See (pictured), who opened the store eighty years ago with her son, Charles A. See, was in attendance at today's hearing. Preservationists argued this was a "charming Renaissance Revival building," and while that argument is debatable, one could also argue that Koreatown doesn't need any more mini-malls. This designation follows the news that Laguna Park aka the Dinosaur Park is also historic.
· Original See's Candy Shop Designated as Cultural Monument [LAist.com]
· Koreatown Mini-Mall May Take Out See's Candy Building [Curbed LA]