PRESERVING URBAN EQUESTRIANS:
Great news — The Children’s Ranch Foundation (which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit) was awarded a $1,500 grant from the Los Angeles Breakfast Club “to help [us] in [our] efforts in maintaining the need for a low-density equestrian buffer zone in the Atwater district.”
The Children’s Ranch Foundation will use the funds to pay Charlie Fisher for his work on the Van Luit Complex Historical-Cultural Monument application nomination.
Thank you all (and especially Netty Carr and Carrie Sutkin!) for the research and work you did as part of AVA’s presentation to the Breakfast Club, and the work each of you do every day to preserve the area!
We are happy to share findings of national architectural significance regarding the former Van Luit Wallpaper Factory and Showroom located at 4000 E. Chevy Chase Drive, recently reported by the Historic Resources Group (HRG). See attached 39-page memo by HRG.
We have sent HRG’s memo to the City of LA. We hope that the preservation community will support a request for an EIR that provides alternatives such as adaptive reuse of these buildings on the site. We will notify everyone of the release of the environmental document, and at that time we will have 20 days to review the document and provide formal comments to Greg Shoop, regarding case CPC 2014-4062, 621 City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, LA CA 90012.
Our next step is for HRG to survey the rest of the North Atwater neighborhood, which has historic ties to the Rancho Period, the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, early Hollywood, and post war Hollywood. We are also exploring the opportunity to save this landmark through City (and possibly State and National) designation.