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Friars Club of Beverly Hills Building to Be Replaced By Not Much

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C. 2006 courtesy of ICF International

Demolition is indeed underway at the 1961 Friars Club building near Santa Monica and Wilshire in Beverly Hills, so maybe we should all meet outside and roast the place. Meanwhile, the LA Conservancy has found out that the owner has "no imminent plans for a replacement project." As we learned when John Lautner's Shusett House was demolished last fall, Beverly Hills has no real historic preservation laws--the Conservancy points out the city has to approve any new project, but has no say in tearing down the old one. A 2006 Beverly Hills survey found that the Santa Monica building was eligible for the California Register of Historical Resources, both for its celebrity roast past and its Sidney Eisenshtat architecture.
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