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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