SILVER LAKE — The city’s Cultural Heritage Commission today voted 4-1 in favor of declaring a Craftsman home on Coronado Terrace a historic monument over the objections of the owners who are planning to develop new homes on the site.
Representatives for the owners challenged the historic significance of the 104-year-old home at 1109 Coronado Terrace, saying the dilapidated home was neither architecturally distinguished nor important in local history. “It’s a monument to what”? an owner’s representative asked the commissioners.
But a majority of the commissioners agreed with several residents who spoke in favor of the monument nomination, which would make it very difficult for the owner to demolish the house and make way for new development.
The house is currently fenced off and 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 owners said they would repair and include the stone walls in a new development.
The commission’s decision now goes to the City Council for review.