La Parrilla Restaurant | Los Angeles Conservancy
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La Parrilla Restaurant

The proposed six-story mixed-use project on the 1300 block of Wilshire Boulevard is no longer active. In August 2019, the City terminated the environmental review process. The project would have included fifty apartment units, as well as 5,730 square feet of commercial uses.

When filed with the City in May 2017, it appeared that the project site might include the La Parrilla Restaurant building, which is one of the oldest remaining buildings on Wilshire Boulevard. However, updated information revealed 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 pre-dating Wilshire Boulevard's street-widening and commercial development. When constructed in 1905, this portion of Wilshire Boulevard was 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.

Despite the proposed project's status, La Parrilla remains vulnerable to increasing development pressures in the Westlake neighborhood.