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Residents Ask City to Preserve Vintage Bungalows

The West Hollywood Historic Preservation Commission delays a vote on the status of three early 1900s homes that face demolition.

Weho residents on Monday made a presentation to the Historic Preservation Commission requesting three Palm Avenue bungalows be designated historic resources.

Though the city's planning staff recommended the properties not recieve historic resource status, commissioners delayed voting on the nominations until next month for more time to consider the issue and allow additional public input.

The property owner seeks to demolish the homes and replace them with condominium buildings.

"The three homes individually and especially together present a cultural and historic integrity that is unique and powerful for West Hollywood, California, and the nation," said Katherine Eggert, who submitted the request with fellow Weho resident Kristin Gosney. "A really important point is that 927 and 931 Palm Avenue are eligible for the National Register according to the state of California."

The planning staff's analysis determined that alterations to some of the homes over the years and the lack of enough similar Craftsman style bungalows in the area to create a viable grouping negate historic status.

The Historic Preservation Commission is expected to vote on Eggert and Gosney's request at its Feb. 25 meeting.

Click here for the city's report and the cultural resource application. Eggert and Gosney's analysis is posted above.

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Stephanie February 03, 2013 at 10:41 PM
I am not sure, but since the Plummer House was moved to Calabasas and restored beautifully, these three early bungalows might be the oldest or close to the oldest houses in West Hollywood. Certainly seems historic and worthy of preservation. Speak up people!
Kate Eggert February 05, 2013 at 08:20 PM
These houses are architecturally significant because they each represent different architectural styles. 927 and 931 Palm Avenue are ornate and stately, while 923 Palm Avenue is a simple and humble structure. 927 and 931 Palm Avenue definitely compete in stateliness – Just in 927 Palm Avenue alone you can see Victorian elements like the overhanging bay window (does another one exist in “Old Sherman”?), decorative wood molding on the window casings, the continuous horizontal wood trim around the house and in the asymmetrical porch and along the low wall of the porch, and on and on. 931 Palm Avenue has the long, narrow windows which are Victorian-era inspired, the combination of using vertical and horizontal siding to make the house appear taller, the steep, hipped roof. And, the interior! In the parlor alone, you can see the decorative door and window moldings, the chair rails/picture rails that line the walls. 927 and 931 certainly exude details like this; walking along the along the street and into the houses, you are automatically taken to 1902 and what it would have been like in a white-collar house of a growing, railroad town. And, 923, although simple, it is outfitted with a grand porch and decorative muntin pattern glass pane in its dormer. It too represents the types of families who started the community of Sherman that became West Hollywood.
Krisy G February 05, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Here are some quotes from the 1999 staff report when the HPC (then CHC) last recommended 927 and 931 Palm Ave as cultural resources - "In 1986, the City of West Hollywood commissioned a survey of historic buildings within the city. The survey, adopted by the City Council, included 22 properties in what the survey termed the Old Sherman grouping, described as 'a major discovery'." (927 and 931 Palm Ave were included in those 22 properties.) "There are numerous examples of the beneficial economic impact of historic preservation, especially in the context of a historic district. Several of the properties listed are already used as a successful business (the San Vicente Inn), due, in large part, to their charm as historic buildings. Maps of historic properties in West Hollywood are already distributed by the hundreds and thousands annually, and a well preserved historic district located near other existing visitor attractions could have a significant synergistic economic and fiscal effect."
me February 06, 2013 at 02:01 AM
and you must remember that we have a right to voice our opinion and fight this issue, so don't bully back
Krisy G February 06, 2013 at 02:24 AM
'Bullying' is a loaded word most likely meant to incite. Please, let's not take the bait.

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