Following an unsuccessful landmark designation effort, this Wallace Neff-designed house will likely become another casualty in the ongoing teardown trend. While the house currently remains standing, a demolition permit was issued in July 2017, along with permits for a replacement house earlier that same year.
Notice of a demolition permit requested in August 2016 by the current owners of the Fletcher Residence and public concern over the loss of this 1963 French Provincial style house prompted Councilmember Paul Koretz, in whose district the property is located, to file an emergency motion to initiate a proposed Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) designation.
In February 2017, the Cultural Heritage Commission (CHC) voted against recommending designation to City Council. The CHC was not granted access to tour the site prior to its final vote.
Because the nomination was Council-initiated, it proceeded to City Council for review after the CHC vote. On April 4, 2017, the Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee voted against the designation as well.
The house, a highly intact example of the work of master architect Wallace Neff, received interim protection while the proposed landmark designation wasunder consideration.
No environmental review is required for the replacement project of another single-family home on the same site, making HCM designation the only way to project the house.
Located at 11100 Chalon Road in Bel-Air, the French Provincial residence is notable as a late-career example of Neff's work in traditional styles and for its landscape design by noted landscape architect Robert M. Fletcher.