Orange Julius Building
On March 31, 2017, Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz introduced a motion to nominate the Orange Julius Building (6001 W. Pico Boulevard), also known as the L.A. Burger Restaurant Building, as a Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM).
Completed in 1963, the Googie style building is a rare intact example of a 1960s walk-up food stand and was designed by the renowned firm of Armet & Davis. Though this type of building was once a common feature in Los Angeles' postwar commercial landscape, few from the period have survived intact.
In 2011, the City identified the Orange Julius Building through SurveyLA as eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, the California Register of Historical Resources, and as a local HCM.
Nonetheless, a notice of demolition was posted at the property in March, alerting community members to the threat. Plans had previously been submitted to the City in the spring of 2016 for the constuction of a new residential building, and the demolition permit was cleared in November.
Despite the Orange Julius Building's identification in SurveyLA, the City did not evaluate preservation alternatives in its review of the proposed project. The local community rallied in support of the historic building, prompting Councilmember Koretz to intervene.
The City's Cultural Heritage Commission (CHC) held a hearing on the HCM nomination on June 1, 2017 and voted to recommend designation to City Council.