Kelly Music Building / Tanino Ristorante | Los Angeles Conservancy
Kelly Music Building in Westwood Village, most recently as Tanino Ristorante. Photo by Steven Sann.

Kelly Music Building / Tanino Ristorante

In 2019, the Conservancy successfully nominated the Kelly Music Building / Tanino Ristorante as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.

The Kelly Music Building, known most recently as Tanino Ristorante, is located on the west side of Westwood Boulevard, between Weyburn Avenue and Kinross Avenue, in the Westwood Village neighborhood of Los Angeles.

It is important for its association with the early development of Westwood Village and as one of the earliest commercial projects by master architect Paul Revere Williams. Completed in 1930, the Kelly Music Building is representative of the initial development phase of Westwood Village, which officially opened in late 1929.

In June 2019, the Conservancy nominated the building for local Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) recognition. On July 18, the Cultural Heritage Commission (CHC) voted in support to take the HCM nomination under consideration. 

On September 19, the CHC met to review and voted in full support of the HCM nomination. 

On December 10, City Council voted overwhelmingly to designate the Kelly Music Building as a Historic-Cultural Monument. 

The Kelly Music Building, a two-story commercial building in Westwood Village was completed in 1930. The building was designed in the Mediterranean Revival architectural style by architect Paul R. Williams for proprietor John T. Kelly.

The Kelly Music Building was part of the original development of Westwood Village, which officially opened in 1929 on the eve of the Great Depression.

Within five months of opening, Westwood Village had grown to include more than fifty businesses, with at times as many as nine stores opening per week. As development progressed, Janss continued to emphasize the principles of planning and incremental growth which had characterized the initial design of the Village.

The Conservancy nominated the Kelly Music Building because it is an exceptional work of architecture, its connection with architect Paul R. Williams, and as an intact example of early Westwood Village development.