The current owners of the 2925 Waverly Drive view the 1959 ranch-style house in Silver Lake as a tear down, with plans to replace it with five, three-story single-family homes. But some of the neighbors view the same mid-century property designed by noted Chinese-American architect Gilbert L. Leong, who created numerous buildings in Chinatown, as a historic-landmark worthy of preservation. On Thursday, the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission, over the objections of the owners, decided it will consider declaring the approximately 2,000-square-foot house with a pool a city landmark, a move that for now would prevent its demolition.
The commission will now take closer look to see whether the home is indeed worthy of landmark status.
Land-use consultant Robert Cherno, who was hired by a group of neighbors opposed to the project, said the focus of declaring the house a landmark is to “save L.A. history” and not deter development.
The home’s architectural pedigree when it was promoted for sale earlier this year at an asking price of $947,000. Leong designed the house for Dr. Miguel Tirado and his wife, actress Matildi Lion-Peligri, according to the monument application. The Tirado family owned the house until it was sold this year.
“It is virtually unaltered since construction and comes with a swimming pool that was part of the original design,” according to the application. “The house is significant as an intact example of mid-20th Century ranch style.”