The West Hollywood Historic Preservation Commission will consider affirming local cultural resource designation of the mid-century Standard Hotel property at 8300 Sunset Boulevard. The West Hollywood Preservation Alliance (WHPA) is urging the commission to support the recommendations by City staff at tonight’s commission meeting starting at 7:00 p.m. via ZOOM.
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WHPA released the following statement:
“The West Hollywood Preservation Alliance (WHPA) urges the Historic Preservation Commission to affirm city staff’s recommendation to support local cultural resource designation for the property located at 8300 Sunset Boulevard. The WHPA concurs with the findings of applicant Steven Luftman and the organization Save Iconic Architecture regarding this mid-century masterwork.
Formerly known as the Thunderbird Inn and most recently as The Standard, this property retains all seven aspects of historic integrity as defined by the Secretary of the Interior Standards for historic preservation. Few structures in our city and adjacent areas retain this much integrity, showcasing a style that is emblematic of a vital and creative Southern California typology.
WHPA understands that there has been a request to delay the HPC’s vote but believes that such a designation should be considered as a buyer’s incentive. The purchase of an historically designated building could receive valuable tax benefits and major rehabilitation funding in coming years.
The preservation community has learned from past experiences that delays seldom benefit an historic resource. We urge the HPC to recommend to the City Council that it designate 8300 Sunset Boulevard as a local cultural resource in West Hollywood by approving HPC Resolution 22-158 at tonight’s hearing.
Judson Feder, Susana Miller, Roy Oldenkamp, Victor Omelczenko, Jon Ponder
West Hollywood Preservation Alliance Board”
The West Hollywood Preservation Alliance is a non-profit public benefit organization working to identify, protect and preserve the historic, architectural, and cultural resources of West Hollywood and adjacent areas through education, advocacy and assistance.