Erasing Hollywood’s History

A view of 1905 Grace from Grace Ave..

A view of 1905 Grace from Grace Ave..

UPDATE: A time has been set for the meeting to consider this building as a historic landmark. Here are the details:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 10:00 am
200 North Spring St.
Room 1050, City Hall

You might also want to take the time to read the comment at the end of this post from John Girodo of Hollywood Heritage. He gives more information about what’s happening.

Thursday night I heard some disturbing news. An American Colonial mansion that was built in 1917, located at the corner of Grace and Franklin in Hollywood, is slated for demolition. A developer wants to knock the building down, probably with the intention of constructing high-end residential units.

Hollywood Heritage is trying to have the mansion nominated as a historic monument, but things don’t look good. The Office of Historic Resources will be holding a hearing to consider the nomination, but it’s on such short notice that it will be hard to rally the community. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12. The last I heard, the time hasn’t been set.

It seems like the City is trying to rush this through, which doesn’t surprise me given their recent record. In just the last year the City has allowed developers to level the Mole-Richardson Building on La Brea and the Oswald Bartlett House in Los Feliz. Those are just the two most recent casualties of the current wave of development.

Can anybody stop this? I don’t know. It would be great to have a good turnout at the meeting on Tuesday. Hollywood Heritage says people must show up in person to express their views, but it’s hard to plan on attending when the time hasn’t even been set. Hopefully the OHR will nail that down pretty soon. It also might be helpful to find out what CD 4 candidates Carolyn Ramsay and David Ryu have to say about this. They’ve both said they want to preserve Hollywood’s history. Let’s find out if they really mean it.

Carolyn Ramsay

David Ryu

If you can’t make it to the meeting on Tuesday, you might still let the OHR know how you feel about this. The link is below.

Office of Historic Resources

[For an update on 1905 Grace, click here.]

A view of 1905 Grace from Franklin Ave..

A view of 1905 Grace from Franklin Ave..

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  1. Thank you for your blog post!
    Cultural Heritage Commission
    10:00am; City Hall, Rm 1050; Tuesday May 12th

    I have pasted the current information below.

    [Emails to the Commission and Office of Historic Resources expressing your wish that the 1905 Grace Avenue Historic-Cultural Monument nomination be taken under consideration by the Cultural Heritage Commission are appropriate. ‘cc’ Council Office District 4 – Councilmember LaBonge on your emails should you wish to send]

    Dear Interested neighborhood parties;

    Hollywood Heritage submitted a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) nomination for the American Colonial (c1917) ,”pre- Film Industry” example of a Hollywood mansion at 1905 Grace Avenue, due to concern expressed from neighborhood stakeholders.

    The HCM nomination was filed in an attempt to highlight the importance of the site, so that it can be properly assessed and evaluated before it is potentially negatively altered or demolished. We think it is best for the Cultural Heritage Commission to have the opportunity to assess and make a determination.

    Any stakeholder interested in this early Hollywood mansion being given proper evaluation and assessment by the Cultural Heritage Commission; must attend the Commission’s Hearing on Tuesday 5/12 at 10am (City Hall) to voice their support that the Commission take the nomination under consideration.

    [ARRIVE EARLY; fill out Speaker Card, submit to clerk; your name will be called and you may make a brief statement expressing why you would like the Nomination of ‘1905 Grace Avenue’ to be considered by the Commission.}

    {fyi- Council District 4 candidate Carolyn Ramsey has been informed of the HCM nomination and is in support that the Cultural Heritage Commission take the nomination under consideration}



    TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015,* 10:00 A.M.

    200 North Spring Street

    Room 1050, City Hall

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