The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission voted Thursday to consider the Hollywood Reporter Building at 6713 Sunset Blvd. as a historic-cultural monument in a move that could stop or delay its planned demolition.
The building, which was home to the Hollywood Reporter entertainment trade news publication from 1931 into the 1990s, is historically significant for its Regency Moderne architecture, its association with publisher and businessman William Wilkerson, and its connection to the publication, according to the application for its landmark status presented to the commission.
“The Hollywood Reporter Building is significant not only for the architecture and the architect, and the association with Wilkerson, but also its impact in the Hollywood community itself as one of the early journals to report on the movie industry,” said historian Charlie Fisher, who prepared the application on behalf of the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles. “This is a very important aspect that helped the Hollywood industry itself to become such an iconic part of Los Angeles history.”
In addition to his newspaper ventures, Wilkerson also made his mark as a restaurateur, starting several eateries and legendary Hollywood nightclubs that included Cafe Trocadro and Ciro’s, according to the application.
The building — which also was home to the L.A. Weekly for about a decade until 2008 — was first constructed in 1924 and built in pieces over the next several decades.
It is slated for demolition as part of a plan by the Harridge Development Group to build a hotel and two residential towers at the site.
Now that the Cultural Heritage Commission has agreed to accept the application and consider the site a local monument, the property cannot be destroyed as long as the city has the application under review.
If it is approved as a monument by the City Council, it could still be demolished, but city officials can delay the wrecking ball for a year while preservation options are considered.
–City News Service
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