Built 127 years ago at the base of a Lincoln Heights hill, the Queen Anne-style Young-Gribling residence retains an imposing albeit haunted-house like presence complete with steep roofs and a tower that looks down upon Griffin Avenue. But the home at 3320 Griffin Avenue is in need of extensive repairs, prompting the current owners to have the property, designed by one of Los Angeles’ first architects, A.J. Young, declared a city historic cultural monument. That would would make the property eligible for Mills Act property tax credits, which would help defray the costs of repairs and renovation. This afternoon, the City Councils’ Planning and Land Use Management Committee is scheduled to review* the monument application, which has already been approved by the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission.
“It’s a great house but it does need a lot of work,” said historian and consultant Charles Fisher, who submitted the monument application on behalf of the owners.
The monument application provides some information about Young:
The Young-Gribling Residence was designed by the architect Robert Brown Young for his brother AJ. Young and his wife, Jennie. Robert Brown Young was one of the early architects in Los Angeles, also known for his designs for prominent area hotels of the time period including the Hotel Lankershim, The Occidental and the Hollenbeck.
The Young-Gribling residence might be the last remaining structure designed by Young.
* Update: The committee voted in favor of the historic monument nomination
* Correction: A previous version of the story said the home was 117 years old. That’s wrong. The home, constructed in 1885, was built 127 years ago.