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 info@laconservancy.org or call (213) 623-2489.

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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.
Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Glendale County Building

The State’s Administrative Office of the Courts has proposed expanding or replacing the Glendale County Building, also known as the Glendale Courthouse.
Earl Carroll Theatre, now Nickelodeon Studios. Photo by Laura Dominguez/L.A. Conservancy

Earl Carroll Theatre

The 1938 Earl Carroll Theatre Building will be preserved as part of a new mixed-use development on Sunset Boulevard.
Altered signage as it looks today. Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Driftwood Drive-Thru Dairy Pole Sign

One of very few intact drive-thru dairies in Los Angeles County, the Conservancy’s Modern Committee commissioned a nomination for listing in the California Register of Historical Resources to help protect this unique structure.
Photo by The West End on Flickr

Dodger Stadium

For its recent renovations, Dodger stadium owners retained preservation architect Brenda Levin as part of the team overseeing stadium upgrades.
Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

On June 30, 2013 the Civic Auditorium closed, pending a new use and funding for a seismic retrofit and rehabilitation.
Photo by Hunter Kerhart

Norms La Cienega Coffee Shop

L.A. City Council voted unanimously to designate Norms La Cienega as an Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) in May 2015.
Photo by Adrian Scott Fine

Union Bank Square

Significant for its Corporate International style design and Garret Eckbo landscape, Union Bank Square was the first completed Bunker Hill Urban Renewal development. On February 26, 2020, the City Council voted in support, making this the first Downtown skyscraper to be designated a Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM).

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