La Parrilla Restaurant
A developer has filed plans with the City of Los Angeles to construct a new six-story mixed-use building in the Westlake neighborhood. The proposed project would include fifty apartment units, as well as 5,730 square feet of commercial uses.
The project site includes the La Parrilla Restaurant building, also known as the Charles Chapman Residence. The 1905 home pre-dates Wilshire Boulevard's street-widening and commercial development, as this stretch was then known as Orange Street.
Charles Chapman, an early developer and investor in the neighborhood, once lived in the Queen Anne style house at 1300 Wilshire Boulevard. It has since been transformed into an important legacy business in Los Angeles, La Parrilla Restaurant.
In 2014, the City of Los Angeles identified the property as being eligible for listing in the California Register of Historical Resources and as a local Historic-Cultural Monument through SurveyLA, its comprehensive citywide historic resources survey. As the oldest surviving house on Wilshire Boulevard, the building is a rare example of early residential development in Westlake.
The proposed project is still in the early stages of its environmental review, and the Conservancy will closely monitor the situation to ensure that the building is treated as an historic resource as plans proceed. If demolition is proposed, the City should prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that studies a range of feasible preservation alternatives that incorporate the historic building into the new development.