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1920s West Hollywood building on Doheny to be reused as small hotel, restaurant

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Right next to the Troubadour

Renderings by Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects.
Courtesy of Megdal and Associates

A triangular-shaped West Hollywood building is getting a new lease on life: The long-vacant structure at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Doheny Drive is slated to be converted into a small hotel and restaurant.

Developer Taylor Megdal of Megdal and Associates tells Curbed that they plan to get the building named a city cultural monument. That designation would allow the developer to receive financial incentives to renovate and preserve the building, which will also be eligible for Mills Act tax credits.

Post-renovation, the building would hold a 2,285 square-foot restaurant, take-out cafe, and tiny lobby on the first floor, and a hotel with just six guest rooms on the second floor. Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects are designing the project.

The new restaurant and hotel will be steps away from the storied live music venue The Troubadour.

The pointy building was constructed in 1921. At that time, it held ground-floor retail and four apartments upstairs. It’s been topped by a billboard-style sign since then.

Despite the edifice’s proximity to a popular music venue and its location on one of WeHo’s main thoroughfares, the developer says it’s been vacant for 25 years.

Megdal and Associates is awaiting permits from the city of West Hollywood. The developer expects the renovation to begin in late 2018.