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    Historic Preservation Commission to Hold Hearing on Nominating Great Hall/Long Hall and Fiesta Hall as Local Cultural Resources

    The City of West Hollywood Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) will consider two City Council-initiated applications nominating the Plummer Park Community Clubhouse, now known as Great Hall/Long Hall located at 1200 Vista Street, and Fiesta Hall located at 1150 Vista Street, as local cultural resources at a Special Public Hearing on Tuesday, June 27, 2023.

    The West Hollywood Preservation Alliance (WHPA) released a statement in supports of the local cultural resource designations of Plummer Park’s Community Clubhouse AKA as Great Hall/Long Hall and of Fiesta Hall, urging the Historic Preservation Commission to support the city staff’s recommended resolutions in Item 10.B. on the HPC agenda.

    Built by the Works Progress Administration in 1938, Great Hall/Long Hall has already earned well-deserved listings on the National Register of Historic Places and the California State Register. And it is time to make that a trifecta with a local cultural resource listing for this distinctive Spanish Colonial Revival courtyard building which has played such a key role in West Hollywood’s cultural life, including its more recent significant association with ACT/UP LA and LGBTQ activism.

    Across the way from Great Hall/Long Hall stands the younger Fiesta Hall, designed by the distinguished architect Henry L. Gogerty. Built in 1949 in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, Fiesta Hall is the only publicly commissioned and funded auditorium in the city, and it was the location of the first City Council meeting after West Hollywood’s 1984 incorporation.

    The HPC’s initial consideration of these designations at its hearing on March 28, 2023, resulted in a request for further documentation and research which now appear in the current staff report and accompanying exhibits. These materials provide a comprehensive analysis of the role these buildings have played in the cultural history of the city and underscore the importance of designating them as local cultural resources.

    The City of West Hollywood has recognized the importance of preserving its cultural
    resources since its incorporation as a city in 1984. The City adopted a Historic
    Preservation Ordinance in 1989 and has designated over 100 cultural resources,
    including six historic districts and thematic groupings. The underlying reason for
    assessment and protection of cultural resources is the recognition, by citizens and
    governments at all levels, that such resources have value and should be retained as
    functional parts of modern life. The cultural resources in West Hollywood contribute to the
    City’s special character and cultural depth.

    To read the agenda and learn more, visit the link below:


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