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City Grants Cynthia Street Properties Cultural Resource Designation

Located in a unique section of the city, the single-family structures are deemed important historical structures for exemplifying special elements of West Hollywood.

Two of West Hollywood's few remaining examples of pre-1920s Craftsman architecture design have been granted Cultural Resource Designation by the city.

According to the city's Historic Preservation Commission, the single-family structures at 8863 and 8863 ½ Cynthia Street were constructed in 1912 during a period of primary significance for Sherman, a settlement that was the predecessor of West Hollywood.

Architecturally, some of the properties’ significant characteristics are gabled-front roofs with open eaves, exterior walls clad in wooden clapboard, bay windows, and projecting porches.

The structures were evaluated by the city’s consulting firm, Architectural Resources Group, and granted Cultural Resource Designation by the City Council upon recommendation by the Historic Preservation Commission.

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Shawn Thompson March 14, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Love it! Thank You WeHo city leadership!
Mary Beth Dolan March 15, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Thanks for preserving them. So few left is right.
Stephanie March 15, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Historic Presesrvation is vitally important in the City of West Hollywood. There are very few historic structures left. The more we protect and preserve the richer our cultural heritage will be. We are the stewards of history and we must past that history along to future generations whether it be privately owned single family swelllings, Irv's Buger Stand or Fiesta Hall, Great Hall and Long Hall, (the latter being the ONLY WPA structures in the city.)
George Reese March 15, 2012 at 08:54 PM
It's too bad they wouldn't save the beautiful bungalows that ran on San Vicente Blvd, south of Cynthia Street about 10 years ago. The city was so anxious to destroy those to put up the too-big apartment complex that sits there now. But at least someone is trying to preserve what is left in the area that shows the history of West Hollywood from that long gone era.
Chloe Ross March 15, 2012 at 10:45 PM
"But at least someone is trying to preserve what is left in the area that shows the history of West Hollywood from that long gone era." Hmm why does this make me think of Historic Plummer Park?
Daisy S March 20, 2012 at 05:24 PM
ALERT!! El Mirador Apts -Conditional Use Permit for: "Rehabilitation/restoration of the building...to enable its use as condominiums or an urban inn" Meeting for Historical Preservation Commission is Tuesday 3/27 - Plummer Park 7pm.
joninla March 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Keep in mind that the "El Mirador" issue has nothing to do with historic preservation. There is a pissing battle between the property owner and the City and it's need to have absolute control - regardless of the outcome. Huh? The El Mirador is objectively one of the most historically significant buildings in West Hollywood. The questions about its future flip/flops from "absolute strict compliance with existing (arbitrary) Planning Commission rules and decisions, and the overriding historic nature of the building warranting special treatment from the general rule in favor of preservation (i.e. They will use the first to prevent any changes that will allow the owner to rent/sell, then will use the second to do .... what else .... Postpone any properly submitted proposals to get to work on preserving what is left as we all see it slowly deteriorating over the years.

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