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New Historic Preservation Group to Hold Initial Meeting

West Hollywood Historic Preservation Organization meets Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Group intends to be a citizen advocacy group working toward saving and preserving more historic properties in the city.

In 2007, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named West Hollywood as One of America’s 12 Distinctive Destinations.

Despite that honor, some residents feel the city is not doing enough to preserve its historic buildings. They cite the , designed by famed architect Edward Fickett, FAIA, as an example of the city failing to preserve a historic building that could have been adapted for another use.  

Another example is the proposed demolition of Great Hall/Long Hall in Plummer Park, the only buildings in Los Angeles County build by the Depression-era Works Progress Administration.

Also frequently cited is the the film studio run by silent-era superstars Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. with several others slated to meet the wrecking ball.

That’s why a new organization focused on historic preservation is forming. The West Hollywood Historic Preservation Organization will have its initial meeting on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. All people interested in preserving the city’s historic treasures to invited to attend.

“Historic places are vitally important in making a one-of-a-kind community; they create character, an unmistakable sense of place, a special quality that no other city can duplicate,” the group said in a press statement.

“Without its unique social history and the districts, neighborhoods and structures that reflect that culture, past and present, West Hollywood would not be West Hollywood,” the statement continues. “It would lack its defining characteristics and energy, the things that make it special. It could eventually resemble any other city in America. West Hollywood should set its sights higher.”

While the city created a Historic Preservation Commission in 1989, the Weho Historic Preservation Organization feels that citizen advocacy is needed to ensure that more historic properties are preserved.

Tuesday’s organizational meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the historic chapel at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard. The guard at the front gate will direct attendees to free parking.

For more information, visit the group’s website or its Facebook page. Email the group at SaveThePickfairStudios@yahoo.com.  

John Sycamore May 30, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Thank you for explanation hillsman. I do wish your group a lot of success.
Pastor Scott T. Imler May 30, 2012 at 09:42 AM
If I wasn't in Cedar's I would have gladly gone to Hollywood Forever forimport I iimportant gathering. I would have also glady offered one of West Hollywood's own historic venues at no charge Crescent Heights Church at Foutain & Fairfax the fate of which currently hangs in the balance as well. When PATCH ran its first story on this new effort I sent an inquiry to the person named in that article offering same but ever heard back about a first meeting, perhaps my e-mail got lost in th ether. it happens. In any event, it is a standing offer at no cost for a noble and important effort. Pastor Scott Imler
Salvador Gomez May 31, 2012 at 07:54 AM
Chloe...read above!
Salvador Gomez May 31, 2012 at 07:56 AM
Sadly, the city sponsored "Historical Committee" has no intention of getting into the realm of preserving land or structures under their current doctrine. This information came to us from the current Mayor Mr. Prang.
Salvador Gomez May 31, 2012 at 07:58 AM
Pastor Imler, please send us an email (savethepickfairstudios@yahoo.com) and we will add you to our mailing list. Thank you for the generous offer.

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