Edinburgh Bungalow Court
UPDATE: The Edinburgh Bungalow Court is currently listed for sale. Finding a preservation-minded buyer is our best hope of saving this long-threatened Hollywood bunglow court.
On March 2, 2016 the City Council voted in unanimous support of the nomination to designate the 1923 Edinburgh Bungalow Court as an Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM).
Thank you Councilmember Paul Koretz and his staff for their strong support and leadership throughout this process!
In late February, 2016 the City Council agreed to continue this nomination for an additional 15 days due to opposition from the property owner and concerns about the structural conditions. The Conservancy worked closely with all parties to explore possible strategies and potential solutions, including the owners who agreed to commission a second opinion, independent assessment of the structural issues.
On November 19, 2015 the Cultural Heritage Commission unanimously voted in support of the HCM nomination. More than thirty community members turned out in support, including the Conservancy and representatives from Hollywood Heritage, Save 750 Edinburgh, Silverlake Heritage Trust, West Hollywood Heritage Project, and the West Hollywood Preservation Alliance.
Despite its designation and recent Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) status, the Edinburgh Bungalow Court remains threatened with demolition. Earlier this year, the developer applied for a demolition permit, which was placed on hold while an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed replacement project was prepared.
On September 9, 2015, the developer withdrew the original plans that called for a more rigorous environmental review process, and the Department of Building and Safety reactivated the demolition permit.
Amid public outcry and a protest at the site, the Department of City Planning initiated an HCM application on September 11, 2015 before demolition had begun, and the permit was frozen once more.
Completed in 1923, the Edinburgh Bungalow Court is an excellent example of early twentieth century multi-family residential development. Though the architect and/or builder are unknown, the Spanish Colonial Revival property responded to the need for new housing in Los Angeles as settlement patterns pushed westward, and it reflects high quality workmanship.
The one-story residential units are situated around a central courtyard, featuring a distinctive arched entryway reminiscent of the Mission Revival style. The stucco-clad buildings are distinguished by flat roofs (with clay tile detailing), arched doorways, and wood-framed windows.
The Edinburgh Bungalow Court is also closely associated with the rise of Hollywood. This type of development expanded significantly during the 1920s and 1930s to accommodate people who worked in the nearby entertainment industry.