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 Robert Garcia on Flickr

Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Building

A recent settlement will allow the new owner of this Paul R. Williams designed building to retain the two interior murals that were previously proposed to be removed and sold.
Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Hollywood Palladium

A project called Palladium Residences proposes to build two 28-story towers behind and adjacent to the historic Hollywood Palladium.
Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Orange Julius Building

The City of Los Angeles has nominated the rare Googie walk-up stand for local landmark designation.
Photo by Larry Underhill

Seaport Marina Hotel

This Googie-style garden motel in Long Beach was demolished in October 2017.
Photo by Hunter Kerhart

Parker Center/Police Facilities Building

The Los Angeles City Council voted in support of a plan that paves the way for the destruction of Parker Center, the Modernist former police headquarters built in 1955.
Long Beach Courthouse. Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Long Beach Civic Center

The City of Long Beach has approved plans to redevelop its Late Modern Civic Center and demolish its historic Courthouse, City Hall, and Main Library.
Sportsmen's Lodge, 2015. Photo by Shane Swerdlow.

Sportsmen's Lodge

The Valley's iconic Sportsmen's Lodge is set to be demolished to make way for a luxury shopping center in the heart of Studio City.
Photo by Alan Hess

St. Martha’s Episcopal Church

This significant Mid-Century Modern church was demolished in April 2014 despite the Conservancy's urging for the City of West Covina to recognize it as a historic building and consider preservation alternatives as part of an EIR process.
Left: St. John's in July 2013; Right: The cleared lot in April 2014. Photos courtesy of the San Fernando Valley Blog.

St. John's in the Valley Methodist Church

This Mid-Century Modern church was demolished in 2014 without a demolition permit or a thorough review of the significant impacts to the known historic resource.
Photo by Cindy Olnick / L.A. Conservancy

Superior Grocers/Shoppers Market

A Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) nomination failed to win support, allowing the owner of this 1960 Googie-style grocery market to remodel the original facade.
Demolition underway. Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Friar's Club Building

The 2011 demolition of this unique building helped to spur action to protect historic places in Beverly Hills.
Demolition underway. Photo by Jessica Hodgdon/L.A. Conservancy

Commonwealth Savings Building

The loss of this striking building in March 2013 underscores the technical challenges of preserving certain types of structures from the 1960s.
Demolition underway. Photo from L.A. Conservancy archives

Lou Ehlers Cadillac

This mid-century classic auto showroom was demolished in 2008 – and replaced with an auto showroom.

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