Historic nomination for Echo Park bungalow court moves forward

ECHO PARK — The Cultural Heritage Commission today agreed to consider whether a 1920s bungalow court threatened with demolition is worthy of being declared a city historic landmark.

The nomination was submitted by one of the tenants of the Wurfi Court  at 1456 Echo Park Avenue  after the owner moved to demolish the rent-controlled bungalows and build up to a dozen, three-story townhomes for sale. Demolishing the Spanish Colonial Revival-style would become much more difficult if it becomes a historic cultural landmark.

The commission voted 4-0 to take the nomination under consideration as staff had recommended. Commission chairperson Richard Barron told KPCC that bungalow courts are “an important building type to the city of Los Angeles.”

A man identified as the owner, Sam Mark,  said he was “kind of blindsided” by the opposition, which included Council District 13, according to City News Service.

Commissioners will now try and tour the property and hold another meeting before taking a final vote.

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  1. If they keep them they should force them to invest in the property. It currently could use to serious TLC.

  2. Great, great, great news!

  3. This is ridiculous. Did they even bother to ask Gail Salmo for her opinion?

  4. So, O’Farrell is breaking from his EXTREME support for any and all SLS subdivisions,no matter how big, no matter where, no matter any displacement? Funny how a long list of opposition candidates running against you can do this, many or most running against O’Farrell because of his corrupt support of these projects, taking money hand over fist from all of them,and the projects at any size anywhere, But it is only this one, one time, just two months before the election.

    No, Mitch, we are not fooled. We know you got 100% of your campaign contributions from developers, their lawyers, the construction unions, the building trades council and other development-related money people. Yes, Mitch, we do know you will favor any and all development at any size anywhere all over again if you are re-elected. No, Mitch, we are not so stupid as you treat us.

    And Mitch O’Farrell has made it automatic that constituents appealing these developments to the City Council will not be allowed to have a hearing before the council, he puts the matter on the Consent Calendar and refuses to take it off, which means it is decided without hearing, without discussion, just automatically and according to his wishes – and this, even though the constituents had to pay for that hearing they did not get.

    ANYONE but O’Farrell — he is that bad.

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