Modern Issues | Los Angeles Conservancy

If you know of a historic Modern place that is threatened with demolition or excessive alteration, please notify us right away at or call (213) 623-2489.


Photo by Hunter Kerhart

Chase Bank / Lytton Savings

We believe the 8150 Sunset Boulevard project’s fundamental objectives could have been accomplished without demolition of the historic Lytton Savings building.
Photo by Larry Underhill

Cinerama Dome

Once threatened with a plan that would have encased Hollywood's famous geodesic dome, instead a plan emerged in 1998 to showcase the dome and build new construction to the rear.
Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

CBS Television City

In March 2021, Hackman Capital Partners announced plans to reinvest and build new stages and offices throughout the 25-acre property. In June 2018, it was designated a Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM).
Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Barry Building

Through a deliberate act of no maintenance and removal of historic features, the owner is currently seeking demolition and approval by the City of Los Angeles.
Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Mission Hills Bowl

In 2016, the 1957 Googie-style Mission Hills Bowl building was adaptively reused as part of a new shopping center.
Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

McDonald's (Downey)

Since being saved from demolition in 1996, the World's oldest McDonald's continues in operation as a fast-food historic landmark!
Kronish House in 2011, prior to rehabilitation. Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Kronish House

Following an intense advocacy campaign that spanned several years, the Kronish House has been rehabilitated and was listed on the Beverly Hills Local Register of Historic Properties in April 2015.
Photo by John Eng

Johnie's Coffee Shop

This Googie gem at Wilshire and Fairfax became a City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2013.
Photo by Jessica Hodgdon/L.A. Conservancy

IAC Shepher Community Center

The John Lautner-designed complex has been repurposed as the nation's first Israeli-American community center after being threatened with demolition in 2014.
Photo by Barry Milofsky

Glen Lukens House

Once nearly forgotten and almost lost to demolition, the Glen Lukens House, designated a Historic-Cultural Monument in 2007 and stands strong as a testament to private stewardship of historic homes.
Modern Committee volunteer at rally. Photo by L.A. Conservancy

Denny's / Van de Kamp's Bakery

Responding to a planned remodel in 1999, the Conservancy's Modern Committee helped persuade owners to retain Denny's distinctive "windmill" design.
Photo by Mark Mitchell on Flickr

Chez Jay

Threatened by the adjacent park development, the Santa Monica Landmarks Commission unanimously voted to landmark Chez Jay in 2012.
Photo by Andrew Hara

Century Plaza Hotel

After intensive advocacy and public outcry in 2013, the Century Plaza Hotel will be saved and rehabilitated as the centerpiece of a new mixed-use development.
Photo by Brian Weed on Flickr

Casa de Cadillac

In 2013, Casa de Cadillac's owner completed a rehabilitation project that both preserves and updates features of Casa de Cadillac, one of the most significant postwar auto showrooms remaining in Los Angeles County.