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    8150 Sunset Blvd Project is a Bust – Lot Once Home to Garden of Allah is for Sale

    It appears the 8150 Sunset Blvd Project is a bust. The lot located on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights is back on the market. A listing for the land that was once home to The Garden of Allah and the recently destroyed Lytton Savings Bank Building is appearing in multiple websites advertising the sale of the 2.5-acre property.

    https://www.crexi.com/properties/1024822/california-8150-sunset-boulevard

    Townscapes Partners secured approvals in 2016 for a pair of mid-rise buildings featuring up to 203 residential units above 57,300 square feet of retail space designed by Frank Gehry, the architect who created the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. The completion of the new construction was set for some time in 2023. Townscapes currently has a page with the renderings of the 8150 Sunset Blvd Project on their website, but the link to the actual project has been removed and redirects to a dead Bluehost link.

    http://www.townscapepartners.com/projects

    8150 Sunset Blvd Project

    They demolished the historical Chase Bank / Lytton Savings Bank on April, 2021, and it appears they are not follow through with the project.

    Although technically in the city of Los Angeles, the building known for its folded zigzag plate rooftop was embraced by many WeHo residents as a historical landmark.

    Photos by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

    The LA Conservancy put up a good fight to save the building designed by architect Kurt Meyer in 1960. In May, 2018, the Conservancy petitioned the Supreme Court to review a Court of Appeal’s decision that overturned a 2017 Los Angeles County Superior Court ruling in favor of the Conservancy, which blocked the City of Los Angeles from destroying the building.

    In June 13, 2018, a decision by the Supreme Court of California to deny hearing a petition filed by the Los Angeles Conservancy effectively ended all legal efforts to stop the needless demolition.

    In late 2020 a revised plan for the redevelopment of this site was unveiled, which still called for the scrapping the building.

    Photos by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

    The Los Angeles Conservancy describes the now gone Lytton Savings Bank building as a striking departure from traditional bank design when it opened in 1960 with its dramatic, folded plate concrete roof and glass-walled banking floor.

    “As financial institutions nationwide analyzed the need for progressive banking methods following World War II, architects responded by radically reinventing the bank’s form, reads a post on their website. “Lytton Savings (as part of larger Lytton Center) typified these national postwar banking trends through its modern architectural design, transparency, and integrated art component, and is one of Los Angeles’ earliest remaining examples of this transformative shift in postwar-era bank design.”

    Photos by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES
    Photos by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

    The Lytton Savings and larger Lytton Center occupied the former site of the Garden of Allah. The storied Hollywood inn with surrounding villas was purchased by Lytton in 1959. The Garden was razed to make way for the bank and the bank was demolished to make way to an empty lot we see now.

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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at editor@wehotimes.com
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    Koweho
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    13 days ago

    Townscape is known for bait and switch. They had multiple iterations of projects for this land, but within the development community, it was well know they never planned to build anything here. They wanted to clear the land and sell.

    Rick Abrams
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    14 days ago

    Thank you for updating us on this fiasco

    Shawn Mimbs
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    16 days ago

    Disgusting. Townscape is getting what they deserve for ignoring the community’ concerns. Karma. Sad the bank is forever gone though.

    Last edited 16 days ago by Shawn Mimbs
    Jon Ponder
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    16 days ago

    We have an annotated overview photo of the Garden of Allah Hotel here that shows how the lot looked in the early ’30s. https://www.westhollywoodhistory.org/galleries/the-garden-of-allah/4-continual-tumult/central-holding/

    SMH
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    16 days ago

    LA- and the state of CA- have made it so easy to tear down unique architecture and history without mandating anything in return. Developers just constantly have their way, and now we’ll have TWO empty lots on prime real estate: Crescent Heights and Sunset to match the decade(?)-empty lot just down the street on CH and Santa Mo. Way to go, LA, way to go.

    Olen
    Olen
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    16 days ago

    Fingers crossed for something wonderful to replace it!

    Rick Abrams
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    14 days ago

    A park would be nice and then force Gehry to pay for its upkeep in perpetuity

    Koweho
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    13 days ago

    Why would Gehry have to pay for anything. He was not the developer, he was the architect. Townscape used Gehry to give credibility, got the demo done and now will sell a shovel ready site for million and millions more the they paid. They were never going to build.

    Say What?!
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    16 days ago

    The Melrose Triangle hole-in-the-ground may be next.

    John
    John
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    16 days ago

    Please someone tell that someone somewhere salvaged the brutalist stained glass wall from inside the bank.

    Rick Crane
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    14 days ago

    There was more skill in that stained glass wall that in Gehry’s entire career.

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    17 days ago

    This is very sad. So much arguing, anger and destruction for nothing.

    Jerome Cleary
    Jerome Cleary
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    17 days ago

    Now the City of Los Angeles can buy the lot and develop it into low income housing and moderate income housing.

    hifi5000
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    17 days ago

    Yes, I remember the big deal that was made when the project was announced.Frank Gehry was to be involved and you thought the new development was going to to be the Second Coming of Christ. There was the controversy over the Lytton Bank building over the span of a few years.The building was destroyed losing a Mid-Century landmark and now the project has stopped.Now you are going to have a big empty space where the homeless no doubt will take over. Before all the hoopla,there was a faceless strip mall with a McDonald’s and a El Pollo Loco.At least,the strip… Read more »

    Wehorealtor
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    17 days ago

    Development deals of this size can really only be done by a handful of deep pocketed developers and a listing on the open market means they have all passed on it. The numbers must not pencil out at all. I see in public records an $63,500,000 loan in 2021, and then an $80,000,000 loan in 2016. That is a lot of paper on a dirt lot.

    Rick Crane
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    17 days ago

    Arrogant, no-talent-having Frank Gehry strikes again. His toxic ego couldn’t share a piece of property with another architect’s work. At least we won’t have to look at another of his patented trash tornados.

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