BY BARRY LANK
SILVER LAKE – Will a long-time service station be preserved for future generations to view and admire as a classic piece of roadside architecture or will it be demoed for a new building?
A City Council motion has been filed to declare the Precision Motors service station at 1650 Silver Lake Boulevard a Historic-Cultural Monument. Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell filed the motion this week, calling the building “an excellent and rare example of a Streamline Modeme architecture automobile service station.” According to the motion, the site was developed into a service station in 1941.
O’Farrell’s motion comes a month – almost to the day – after the owner filed to demolish the same building. The owner has plans to replace the service station with a three-story mixed-use building, with the top two floors being 14 apartment units.
Under the council motion, the Planning Department would be instructed to prepare the Historic Cultural Monument application for review by the Cultural Heritage Commission, which would submit a report and recommendation to the City Council. During that period, any demolition would be postponed.
It’s not the first attempt to save a vintage Silver Lake service station.
It was a decade ago that preservationists and residents tried to prevent the demolition of what was once a Streamline Moderne-style gas station at the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Rowena Avenue. But that effort failed and the small building was quickly torn down.
After the site remained vacant for many years, a developer is now building three homes on the site.
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