The city of Los Angeles was among the first in the country to adopt a historic preservation ordinance way back in 1962. We did it before New York or Boston and since then we’ve designated more than one thousand buildings as Historic Cultural Monuments. At first the efforts focused on rancho-era adobes but today the list includes the Claes Oldenburg binoculars in Venice, modernist homes by Neutra and Schindler and as of last month, that really great streamline moderne Firestone dealer on La Brea and Wilshire. Although this is a terrific effort, so many buildings slip through the cracks. When someone goes downtown to request a demolition permit, planners don’t know if they’re taking down a museum piece or a crack house. Three years ago, the Getty Trust helped fund a comprehensive study of historic places all over the city and “Survey L.A.” was born. This Thursday night you can hear the latest from the Office of Historic Resources and learn how you can suggest buildings that should be on the list. This workshop will focus on the communities of Atwater Village, Eagle Rock, El Sereno, Highland Park, Lincoln Heights and Mt. Washington, but if you care about preserving the character and landmarks of any neighborhood in L.A., go and let your voice be heard. Plus, they’ll probably have free cookies. Click here for more information.
Thursday, May 24th, 2012 6:30pm – 7:45 Arroyo Seco Regional Branch, Los Angeles Public Library 6145 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, 90042 Photograph via Office Of Historic Resources