West Hollywood’s Historic Preservation Commission will vote tonight on whether to recommend the former Standard hotel on Sunset Blvd. for designation as one of the city’s Cultural Resources.
Tonight’s highly anticipated discussion was originally due to happen last month but was postponed by the commission. The meeting is expected to draw even more public commenters than the one in March.
The former Standard hotel at 8300 West Sunset Blvd. was built in 1962 by the Julian Weinstock Construction Co., and it was originally called the Hollywood Thunderbird Inn. The hotel was part of a grand plan to redevelop the Sunset Strip into a high-rise financial district.
Three decades later, the building was purchased by Andre Balazs, who had spearheaded a renovation of the Chateau Marmont in 1990. With the backing of Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Benicio del Toro, and members of Smashing Pumpkins, Balazs turned the building back into a hotel which re-opened in 1999 as The Standard. It became one of the Strip’s hottest stays for years.
The building has been listed on the California Register since 2010. The application for Cultural Resource Designation was submitted last August by Steven Luftman on behalf of SIA Projects. City staff have recommended the Commission approve the proposal, which would put the decision in City Council’s hands.
The building, according to their report, is an exemplar of the city’s special architectural and historic elements. Attributes such as location, design, setting, materials, workmanship and feeling are all factored into whether or not a building deserves the distinction.
“The Thunderbird Inn was constructed at the beginning of the Sunset Strip’s resurgence in the early 1960s when high-rise office, hotel, and apartment buildings designed in the Mid-Century Modern style replaced one and two-story Period Revival buildings. The period of significance for this criterion is 1962 when the building was constructed as a distinctive example of a motor lodge hotel designed in the Mid-Century Modern style with its horizontal massing, flat roof, stucco siding, and sophisticated use of travertine cladding. The building’s design also incorporates subtle Googie-themed features including the geometric curvilinear volumes of repeating wave-like horizontal bands forming guestroom balconies that bring attention of the passing motorist. The building was also constructed atop a massive concrete base containing the two level parking garage that took 22 hours to pour, which was one of the largest in Los Angeles County at the time and a significant structural achievement.”
The city adopted a Historic Preservation Ordinance in 1989 and has since designated over 90 historic and cultural resources, including six historic districts.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. tonight.
To Participate by Providing An E-Comment:
To better facilitate the remote meeting, members of the public who wish to comment on matters before the Historic Preservation Commission are strongly encouraged to submit an Email to email@example.com no later than 2:00 p.m. on the Historic Preservation Commission meeting day.
***Your comments and information will become part of the official public record. If you do not want your personal information included in the official record, please do not include your address and/or phone number***.
Note: E-Comments received by 2:00 p.m. will be forwarded to the Historic Preservation Commission and posted on the City’s website as part of the official meeting record.
To Participate by Providing Public Comment by Telephone: This option is to provide public comment via Phone ONLY.
1. You are strongly encouraged to Email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of the Historic Preservation Commission meeting to be added to the Public Speaker List for the meeting.
Please include your name, the phone number from which you will be calling, and which item you would like to speak on.
2. Dial-in 10 minutes prior to the start of the meeting (the meeting begins at 7:00pm)
You will be placed on HOLD in the Virtual Waiting Room until it is your turn to speak.
Meeting ID: 974 0092 8911 #
3. Please Mute Your Phone Until You Are Called to Speak. Comments from the public are limited to 3 minutes per speaker.
4. You May Participate and View the Meeting Via the Zoom Platform:
When you enter the meeting, please make sure to turn off your video and mute your audio.
If you wish to make a public comment, please use the ‘raised hand’ feature in the Zoom application. You will be called at the appropriate time. Please turn on your video and audio to make your public comment. Please join the Zoom meeting here:
To comply with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 If special assistance to participate in this meeting is required, (e.g., an American Sign Language interpreter for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing), you must call or submit your request in writing to the Office of the City Clerk at (323) 848-6409 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. The City TTY line is (323) 848-6496.
Written materials distributed to the Historic Preservation Commission within 72 hours of the Historic Preservation Commission meeting are available for public inspection immediately upon distribution in the Planning and Development Services Department, please submit electronic requests to email@example.com during normal business hours or contact HPC Secretary, Sharita Houston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This agenda was posted at: City Hall, Plummer Park, and the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station. For additional information on an item listed below, please contact Senior Planner, Doug Vu, HPC Liaison at (email@example.com) (323) 848-3120.