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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.