The City Council will consider the Historic Preservation Commission’s recommendation
to designate the two abutting commercial buildings located at 7900 Santa Monica Boulevard and 7906 Santa Monica Boulevard as individual local cultural resources.
On May 16, 2022, the West Hollywood City Council adopted Resolution No. 22-5512,
initiating nomination proceedings, and directed staff to process the nomination applications for the two abutting commercial properties located at 7900 Santa Monica
Boulevard and 7906 Santa Monica Boulevard.
On May 22, 2023, the Historic Preservation Commission held a consolidated public hearing to consider nominations for both commercial buildings. After hearing public comments and
deliberating, the Commission took two separate votes with each unanimous vote
recommending designation of each building to the City Council as individual local cultural
resources. No appeal was filed challenging the Commission’s decisions. West Hollywood Municipal Code (WHMC) Section 19.58.070(B)(6) states that when no appeal has been filed, the Historic Preservation Commission resolution recommending designation of a cultural resource may be placed on the City Council’s Consent Calendar for final decision.
An open letter by The West Hollywood Preservation Alliance (WHPA), sent to Mayor Sepi Shyne, Mayor Pro Tem John Erickson, and Councilmembers Chelsea Byers, John Heilman, and Lauren Meister urges the council to approve the Historic Preservation Commission’s recommendation that the two Classical Revival style-buildings at 7900 and 7906 Santa
Monica Boulevard be designated as local cultural resources.
“These buildings have stood for nearly a century, not only maintaining their architectural integrity but also continuing to reflect the history of West Hollywood’s commercial and economic development,” reads the statement. “The corner building prominently features a distinctive four-sided clock that reminded travelers of the passage of time as they traversed what was then known as Crescent Junction along the Pacific Electric Railway Line. These two properties are already listed on the California Register of Historic Resources and are
considered eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Please bestow local cultural resource designation on these two very significant “Main Street-style” properties. It’s about time.” WHPA letter was signed by Board Members Judson Feder, Susana Miller, Roy Oldenkamp, Victor Omelczenko, Jon Ponder.
A cultural resource designation is categorically exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to section 15331 (Historic Resource Restoration / Rehabilitation) of CEQA Guidelines, which exempts projects that preserve historical resources in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards.