SILVER LAKE — An effort to save a 104-year-old Craftsman home on Coronado Terrace from demolition and development has moved forward after city staff recommended that the building be declared a historic landmark.
The city’s Cultural Heritage Commission is scheduled to vote on the recommendation on Thursday, Dec. 4 a few weeks after the owners of the house at 1109 Coronado Terrace asked commissioners to delay a decision. The historic landmark application submitted by Council District 13 says the house that sits on a bluff high over Sunset Boulevard is threatened with demolition to make way for a proposed small-lot housing development on the corner lot.
The house is currently fenced off and is in shabby shape, with peeling paint and its arroyo stone retaining walls often the target of taggers. But those stone retaining walls, which can also be found on neighboring properties on Coronado and Sunset, are one of the key reasons that make the 1910 home worth preserving, according to the historic monument application. The home, one of the first built in the Rowland Heights Tract, sits in what city planners call The Coronado Planning District, which is defined by a “rare and largely-intact concentration of arroyo stone retaining walls … that produce a uniform street scape and distinctive sense of place.”
The tract took shape after landowner George H. Smith, who had long opposed the grading of the nearby bluffs, deeded nearby land to the city to allow for the creation of what is now Sunset Boulevard. Says the landmark application:
The house at 1109 Coronado Terrace embodies an example of early real estate development practices in the northwest area of central Los Angeles, now part of Silver Lake. The repeated use of arroyo stone throughout the property and surrounding streets provides the district with a sense of distinctive unity and cohesion.”
If the commission votes in favor of declaring the home a landmark, the decision must then be review and approved by the City Council.