The State Historic Resources Commission is meeting tomorrow in Anaheim to vote on the latest crop of nominees to California's Register of Historic Places, including several Case Study Houses and the Plummer Park building that a West Hollywood City Councilmember is itching to tear down. A spot on the register doesn't guarantee preservation for all time, but it does afford some protection under the California Environmental Quality Act, and can qualify a building for tax breaks under the Mills Act. Plus the building owner can put up a plaque! To get on the list, a building must meet one of four criteria, and the applications for most of these nominees say their eligibility comes from their association with regional history or cultural heritage, or that they embody "distinctive characteristics of a type, period, region or method of construction." Take a look at the map below and see what historic plaques may be headed to a neighborhood near you. (NB: This covers just the city of Los Angeles; there are several building in Pasadena, La Jolla, the San Gabriel Valley, and elsewhere also up for designation.)Read More
Mapping 10 Iconic LA Buildings Up For State Landmarking
1. Case Study House #9
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
One of four CSHs on Chautauqua, the Entenza House was designed by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen for the publisher of Arts & Architecture magazine.
2. Case Study House #18
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Designed by Rodney Walker and completed in 1948, Case Study House #18 is notable for the "large copper-sheathed brick fireplace and the raised roof with clerestory windows."
3. Case Study House #16
Los Angeles, CA 90077
Craig Ellwood's first Case Study House, CSH #16 "presents itself as a glowing, floating glass pavilion." Its current owner bought the house in 1954 and has maintained all the original built-in furniture and appliances.
4. Case Study House #22
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Perhaps the most famous CSH, the Stahl House was designed by Pierre Koenig and completed in 1960. It "is a superlative architectural statement in steel and glass cantilevered over the broad expanse of Los Angeles."
5. Case Study House #21
Los Angeles, CA 90046
The steel-framed Bailey House "represents the epitome of architectural refinements, in planning and execution, in a material heretofore considered experimental."
6. Plummer Park Community Clubhouse
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Recent efforts to protect the clubhouse have stymied efforts demolish it as part of Plummer Park makeover. The building was nominated both for its association with the WPA and as an example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture.
7. Case Study House #1
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
Designed by Julius Ralph Davidson and completed in 1948, Case Study House #1 featured elements common to many CSHs like plywood walls, flat roof, sliding glass walls open to the outside, and an open floor plan."
8. Hotel Rosslyn Annex
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Built in 1923, the Beaux Arts Hotel Rosslyn Annex has been nominated as an "excellent example" of the hotels built near railroad terminals in the early decades of the Twentieth Century.
9. Boyle Hotel
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Fully restored--turret and all--after a $25 million renovation, the 1889 Boyle Hotel now houses a Mariachi cultural center and 51 affordable apartments.
10. Women's Twentieth Century Club of Eagle Rock
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Designed by Frank M. Tyler for the progressive WTCC and completed in 1915, this is a "rare and excellent example of Craftsman architecture designed for small institutional use."