The Alpine Village landmark nomination is set to go before the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on September 29, 2020. On January 24, the Los Angeles County Historical Landmarks and Records Commission voted 5-0 to recommend that the County Board of Supervisors designate Alpine Village as a County Landmark. This follows the Commission’s nomination of Alpine Village for landmark consideration at their meeting on October 25, 2019.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to write a letter or attend a meeting throughout the nomination process. To date, over 120 letters of support have been submitted and several members of the Friends of Alpine Village coalition, in addition to the Conservancy, have attended the meetings and testified in support of landmark designation.
For the final step in the designation process, the nomination will come before the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors who will cast the ultimate vote on declaring Alpine Village a County Landmark.
The Landmark Evaluation Report, prepared by the County’s preservation consultant, finds Alpine Village historically significant for its association with commercial development and the automobile, as a center of European American social and cultural activity, and as a rare example of a Bavarian-themed shopping court in Los Angeles County. Department of Regional Planning staff recommended that the Commission adopt a resolution nominating Alpine Village. To learn more, read the Landmark Evaluation Report with staff recommendation.
Alpine Village has been a fixture of German cultural heritage in Los Angeles County for the past 52 years. Yet despite its historical significance, the property currently has no protection against demolition and remains vulnerable without landmark designation.
Opened in 1968, Alpine Village is historically significant for its role in the celebration and promotion of German cultural heritage in Los Angeles County and as an excellent example of the themed shopping court property type. While the property bears a Torrance address, it is located a few blocks east of Torrance in a section of unincorporated Los Angeles County. Both the landmark designation process and any project review for the site would be conducted by the County of Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles County Historical Landmarks and Records Commission voted 4-0 on August 2 to initiate the preparation of a historic resource evaluation on Alpine Village after receiving more than a dozen advocacy letters from members of the community who were concerned that the property might be sold and substantially demolished. The Conservancy testified at the meeting, providing some background on the historical significance of the unique property and urging the Commission to initiate the landmark nomination process through the preparation of a historic resource evaluation.
Regional Planning staff confirmed at the August 2 meeting that a potential buyer for the property had discussed a contemplated development project that would demolish most of Alpine Village. The department received a request for a zoning verification letter, which is a typical first step a developer makes to inquire about a property to learn about its current land use and zoning, including information on any applicable variances, ordinances or conditions.
The contemplated project, which had not been formally submitted to the County and is no longer being considered, called for the demolition of nearly all structures on the site to make way for truck storage and cargo container storage.
Email the Board of Supervisors
Please email and urge the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to recommend Alpine Village for local landmark status.
The letter should be addressed to the Board of Supervisors, who will vote on the landmark designation (Dear County Supervisors,).
To make sure your message becomes part of the official record, please include “Alpine Village, 833 W. Torrance Boulevard” in the subject line of your email.
Please send your message to the following individuals:
- Dean Edwards, Regional Planning Department (will compile emails for Commission members), email@example.com
- County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas (2nd District, which includes Alpine Village), firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lacey M. Johnson, Deputy for Community Development (2nd District), email@example.com
Please copy Erik Van Breene at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can track support.
Suggested Talking Points
I urge the Board of Supervisors to designate Alpine Village as a County landmark because…
- (if applicable), clearly state that you are a resident and/or business owner in the 2nd District (refer to this map to check)
- Alpine Village is very important to the German and German American community in Los Angeles County
- The Bavarian-themed shopping court with its Chalet-style facades opened in 1968 and has played a significant role in the celebration and promotion of German cultural heritage, including European shops, cultural traditions, Oktoberfest celebrations, and family connections and milestones
- Alpine Village is culturally significant, with over 50 years of history, and the buildings and site should be protected in recognition of German cultural heritage in LA County
- Alpine Village is significant as an excellent example of the themed shopping court property type
- Include your own connections with Alpine Village and why it is an important place to you
Thank you for your support on this issue!