Challenge: Where in West Hollywood Was This Photo Taken?

Hint: It's part of a historic commercial building on Santa Monica Boulevard.


West Hollywood's strong sense of historic preservation doesn't just extend to famous monuments such as the Wright House on Doheny Drive or the Schindler House on King's Road. The neighborhood's prized historical gems also include family-owned roadside hamburger stands such as Irv's Burgers. Built in 1946, Irv's was accorded "local cultural resource" status by the city (see photo) in 2006, according to the hamburger stand's co-owner, Sonia Hong.

In December 2012, Hong told West Hollywood Patch that associates of certain new businesses near her hamburger stand were pressuring her to relocate elsewhere to make way for greater commercial development in the area. Originally from Korea, Hong and her family have owned Irv's since 2000, when they invested their life savings and purchased the business for $100,000.


Do you know where in West Hollywood this photo was taken?

jimmy palmieri February 26, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Lyndia Lowy February 26, 2013 at 06:03 PM
The pressure is REAL. This may be a "landmark," but that doesn't prevent the owners of the building next door from wanting to push out a funky place for something "cool." If you love Irv's Burger's, keep eating there!
JJ February 27, 2013 at 05:50 PM
If we're going designate something as historic..shouldn't it be required to look better than a dump. What a joke. Why not designate the mobil station on SM Blvd. a landmark too. Take a picture of the place, put a plaque up and build something that will help the community thrive and bring in more revenue. The lot next store to this dumping hamburger joint has been vacant and and eye sore for years. I wish the family that owns the burger joint took more pride in how the place looks.
Michael Mellgard February 28, 2013 at 11:44 PM
It was also on a 1970's Linda Ronstadt Album cover from "Living in the USA"
me March 01, 2013 at 06:09 AM
while i believe the family needs to clean the place up, paint etc, i think it's a great example of our history and and all of the walk-up food windows that dotted the LA area in the past....Pinks on labrea is a great example....this place could be an "institution" with a little help and could make much more money for the owners too... http://westhollywood.patch.com/articles/irv-s-burgers-owner-claims-pressure-by-new-neighbors


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