Former farm house in Boyle Heights declared a city landmark

The Simon Francois Gless Farmhouse on Boyle Avenue today became a Los Angeles historic cultural monument after the City Council approved the nomination. The Queen Anne-style building – now carved up into several apartments – was built in 1886 for a French-Basque family (Simon Gless is pictured above standing at the front door) who lived in an area that was then being transformed from open fields into one of Los Angeles’ first suburbs. The Boyle Heights Historical Society – with the support of actress Sharon Gless and other Gless family members – submitted the landmark application last January. Many preservationists were concerned that the building’s proximity to the new Mariachi Plaza Gold Line station might attract a developer who would raze the structure for a new project. More details about the building and its history can be found in the landmark application.

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