Historic Preservation Commission to Explore Cultural Resource Designation of Standard Hotel Property

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West Hollywood’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) will consider an application to designate the property located at 8300 Sunset Boulevard as a local cultural resource at the upcoming Public Hearing via a teleconference meeting on Monday April 25, 2022, beginning at 7 p.m.

Originally developed in 1962 as the Thunderbird Inn, the hotel was most recently operated as The Standard. The project was continued at the February 28, 2022 Historic Preservation Commission meeting to provide the property owner additional time to finalize the sale of the property which would allow the new owner to be involved in the cultural resource designation process.

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City Staff recommends that the Historic Preservation Commission hold a public hearing, consider all pertinent testimony, and adopt the following resolution:

1) Draft Resolution No. HPC 22-158: “A resolution of the Historic Preservation Commission of the City of West Hollywood, Recommending that the city council designate the property at 8300 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood California, as a local cultural resource.”

On August 10, 2021, Steven Luftman submitted an application on behalf of SIA Projects to designate the building as a local cultural resource. The subject property was listed on the California Register in 2010.

The Staff report describes the subject building as a Mid-Century Modern architectural style with subtle Googie-themed features designed by architect Herbert R. Kameon, constructed in 1961-1962. Built on a sloping hillside, the building is three stories tall at the front on Sunset Boulevard and five stories tall at the rear on De Longpre Avenue, where the two lowest stories are primarily the parking garage. The reinforced concrete and steel structure is configured in an asymmetrical F-shaped plan, with the main stem of the F spanning about 350 feet along Sunset Boulevard that encloses the courtyard pool area from the east, north and west. Behind the parapet the building’s roof is flat, and various mechanical structures placed on the roof rise above the parapet. Mounted on the roof and near the northeast corner of the building is a large white globe mounted on a pole that rises about ten feet above the parapet. Named Luminous Orb, the globe is a sculpture by the artist Piero Golia.

To read the rest of the City Staff report on the agenda, click here.

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