La Parrilla Restaurant | Los Angeles Conservancy
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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.

At the time the project was filed with the city, it appeared that the project site might include historic resources such as the La Parrilla Restaurant building, which is one of the oldest remaining buildings on Wilshire Boulevard. However, updated information on the project reveals that the project site is limited to the two parcels containing 1316 and 1324 Wilshire Boulevard.

The La Parrilla Restaurant building, also known as the Charles Chapman Residence, is a former residence that pre-dates Wilshire Boulevard's street-widening and commercial development. When it was constructed in 1905, this portion of today’s Wilshire Boulevard 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 one of the oldest remaining buildings on Wilshire Boulevard, the building is also a rare example of early residential development in the Westlake District.