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Historic Culver City hotel getting a major makeover

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A developer plans to polish up the 1920s-era West End Hotel

View of West End Hotel
The renovated hotel will include a restaurant, bar, and an outdoor dining courtyard.
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Construction is underway on a major makeover for a historic 1920s-era hotel in Culver City.

Developer Grifka Group announced earlier this month that work had begun on the adaptive re-use project, which will overhaul the West End Hotel at 3927 Van Buren Place.

Tucked away behind the ArcLight Cinemas building, the Art Deco-influenced structure is certainly overshadowed by the iconic Culver Hotel just a block northwest. But the developer is looking to give the 49-room hotel an upscale makeover, with an added restaurant, bar, courtyard dining area, and a new lobby.

The guest rooms will be “completely renovated” with “high end materials and design.” Some lucky guests will also have access to private courtyards and seating areas.

A rendering on the Grifka Group’s website suggests that the building’s tan-colored faced will be repainted in a dark blue color.

As the Real Deal reports, the developer acquired the property in December for $8.25 million, when it was non-operational and in poor condition. The project should be complete by September of 2018.

If you want to get a good look at what the hotel—rumored to be the first LA residence of Joan Crawford—looks like today, here’s a particularly wistful drone video that shows off the place, complete with plenty of views of its classic rooftop sign.