Should This Silver Lake Church Be A Hotel?

A Silver Lake Neighborhood Council committee considers that question Wednesday night.


The former Pilgrim Church has long sat idly at the corner of Griffith Park Boulevard and Lucille Avenue awaiting its fate.

Sometimes it's used for photo shoots, like the visit last summer by the Californication crew.

But mainly, it just sits--just a few doors up from the Polka Dot Plaza in one direction, just a few doors down to Dangerbird Records in the other.

Current owner Dana Hollister said in 2011 she wanted to turn the Pilgrim into a boutique hotel.

And now, with the economy booming, she's doing something about it.

The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council's Urban Design & Preservation Advisory Committee will hear about her proposal to remake the site Wednesday.

According to the Eastsider, Hollister's already asked the city for the variance she needs to create a 26-room hotel, with a restaurant and bar.

But she would be helped by a show of support from the SLNC.

Hollister lives not far from the Pilgrim site, in the Paramour mansion on Maltman. Hollister had also hoped to make that a hotel at one point.

Hollister owns a number of other properties, including Silver Lake's Cliff's Edge Restaurant and the 4100 Bar. Both are within walking distance of the Pilgrim Church at 1629 Griffith Park Boulevard.

Nearby residents worry about the proliferation of venues serving alcohol and have complained to the neighborhood council.

They also point to parking issues, which the council board voted to investigate last month.

Silver Lake and Echo Park have several bed and breakfast hotels, but nothing on the scale of what is proposed at the Pilgrim.

Wednesday's meeting takes place at the Citibank at 2450 Glendale Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90039 at 6:30 p.m.

doreet February 14, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Joanne- I would LOVE to here more about the Silver Lake community you grew up in! If you still live in or near Silver Lake, maybe you could come to the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council History committee (www.silverlakenc.org).
Anthea Raymond February 14, 2013 at 07:33 PM
@Joanne-Yes. We would love to do a feature or maybe have you BLOG about your memories. Please reach out to me backchannel about that. AR
Joanne Thomas February 14, 2013 at 08:01 PM
I would ltove to share my memories of Silver Lake etc. I'll check out the link above. Joanne Thomas
Betsy February 16, 2013 at 01:24 AM
Interesting to think there could be a better use for a building than a church. All you history gatherers, consider sharing your wealth with Michael Locke, who is putting together a book on Silver Lake history. — Betsy, SilverLakeStar.com
Mathew Jordan January 23, 2014 at 01:00 AM
I am a Hospice Chaplain and I have been calling the attention of Ms Dana Hollister. I am willing to revive the church and use it for religious purposes, and Bereavement services.


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