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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 Brian Weed on Flickr

Casa de Cadillac

The building’s owner recently completed a renovation 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

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

McDonald's Hamburgers

Since being saved from demolition in 1996, the World's oldest McDonald's continues in operation as a fast-food historic landmark!
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 Barry Milofsky

Glen Lukens House

Once nearly forgotten and almost lost to demolition, the Glen Lukens House stands strong as a testament to private stewardship of historic homes.
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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