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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Not every home may be historic in century-old Eagle Rock*

As Eagle Rock celebrates its centennial this year, the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission on Thursday is scheduled to take up landmark applications for two neighborhood homes, a 1924 Tudor-style house atop Escarpa Drive and a 1936 Spanish Colonial Revival-style property on Hill Drive. But while property owners may consider their homes historic landmarks, the staff advising the commissioners has recommended rejecting both historic-cultural monument applications.

The application for the Tudor-style Karge Residence (top photo) in the 1900 block of Escarpa Drive said the u-shaped house – designed by Frederick Hunt Kennedy, Jr. and George Brickford Brigham, Jr. – displays “character-defining features of the Tudor style,” with a steeply pitched roof and half-timbered walls. But the commission staff was not impressed. The home as a whole “does not constitute a particularly outstanding or distinctive example of this style,” and the staff report added that neither the architects or any of the home’s occupants were all that notable.

The staff also recommended a thumbs down on the Christensen Residence (bottom photo) at 2300 Hill Drive, a tw0-story home  built for the late doctor William M. Christensen. The home has been altered over the years but still served as a good example of a Spanish Colonial Revival-style architecture.  The commission staff report disagreed, saying:  “this building as a whole does not constitute a particularly outstanding or distinctive example of this style.”   While Dr. Christensen was based in Eagle Rock, “he does not appear  to rise to the level of historic personage,” said the report.

The commissioners must now decide whether to follow their staff’s advice and reject the landmark applications or decide to take both homes under consideration.

* Update: The Cultural Heritage Commission on Thursday rejected both monument applications.

Photos from City of Los Angeles Planning Department reports



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One comment

  1. As the owner of the home at 2300 Hill Drive, I am taking this opportunity to refute the information posted here. The commission voted a “No Action Taken” on our house meaning that there was a split vote to recommend our house as a historic landmark. We have not been flat-out rejected as reported. We have been provided with the opportunity to conduct additional research on Dr Christensen and our house and we will report our findings for consideration by the committee in the near future.

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