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Kelly Music Building
Kelly Music Building in Westwood Village, most recently as Tanino Ristorante. Photo by Steven Sann.

Kelly Music Building / Tanino Ristorante

The Kelly Music Building, known most recently as Tanino Ristorante, is located on the west side of Westwood Boulevard, between Weyburn Avenue and Kinross Avenue, in the Westwood Village neighborhood of Los Angeles.

It is important for its association with the early development of Westwood Village and as one of the earliest commercial architectural commissions by master architect Paul Revere Williams. Completed in 1930, the Kelly Music Building was part of the initial development phase of Westwood Village, which officially opened in late 1929.

In June 2019, the Conservancy nominated the building for local Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) recognition. In July, the Cultural Heritage Commission (CHC) took the HCM nomination under consideration. The CHC later voted in support of the nomination. 

On November 26, the City Council's Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) committee voted in support of the nomination. In December 2019, the full City Council voted in favor of the nomination, making Kelly Music Building an official landmark.

The Kelly Music Building was designed by master architect Paul Revere Williams. While Williams is best known for his residential commissions in upscale Southern California neighborhoods such as Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills, and Bel Air, the Kelly Music commission represents one of his earliest forays into commercial design and is the only example of his work in Westwood Village.

It is an excellent example of the Mediterranean Revival style and reflects the architectural standards developed by the Janss Investment Corporation to define the character of Westwood Village. The period of significance for the building under this criterion is 1930, the year the building was completed and opened to the public.

The presence of the Kelly Music Company in the Village reflected the Janss Investment Corporation’s plan to develop a commercial district with a diverse mix of businesses which could serve the wide variety of customers in the area, which included both students and affluent homeowners.

The Kelly Music Building was identified in 2015 as part of SurveyLA under Criteria A/1/1 as an excellent example of early commercial development in Westwood Village and for its association with the original development of Westwood by the Janss Corporation.

The building was also identified under Criteria C/3/3 as an excellent example of Mediterranean Revival commercial architecture in Westwood Village associated with the original development of Westwood by the Janss Corporation, and as one of the first commercial commissions designed by master architect Paul Revere Williams.

Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

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