9071 Santa Monica Blvd West Hollywood, CA USA

Basics
Resource Category:
Building
Resource Type:
Restaurant lounge/tavern
Location
Address:
9071 Santa Monica Blvd
City:
West Hollywood
County:
Los Angeles
State/Province/Region:
CA
Zip/Postal Code:
90069
Country:
USA
Other Address or Location Information:
Parcel/Tax number or land unit:
4340-012-005
Local place name:
Setting/Landscape/Site Features:
Acreage, parcel, land unit size:
0.0865
Quad/Map name and date:
Date
Township/Range/Section:
/ /
Visible from Public Road?
Yes
Historical Information
Historic name:
Domenico's Lucky Cafe
Current name:
Dan Tana's
Construction Date (range/estimated):
1920-1929
Construction Date Certainty:
Known Construction Date:
1929
Source for Known Construction Date:
Los Angeles County Office of the Assessor
Architect/Designer:
Unknown
Developer:
Builder:
Unknown
Significant Owner(s):
Historical Summary:
Extant Status:
Not Demolished
Architectural Style and Form
Plan/Footprint Shape:
irregular
Building Form or Plan Type (core plan):
Style, Primary:
Colonial Revival
Style, Secondary:
Notes on architectural style, form, distinguishing features:
Architectural Elements and Features
Number of Stories:
1
Bays:
Structural System:
Foundation:
Basement:
Building Size:
Square footage/meters:
Roof Configuration:
Cross gable
Roof Material
asphalt shingles
Roof remarks/description:
The rear portion of the building is covered by a flat roof.
Eave Type:
extending
Eave Ornamentation:
exposed rafters and brackets
Dormer Count:
Dormer Configuration:
Exterior Wall Material (primary):
original board and batten
Exterior Wall Material (secondary):
original stucco
Notes on exterior materials:
Principal Windows::
Window Panes/Lights:
Window Type:
Window remarks:
The windows on the front and side elevations are covered by wood shutters.
Chimney remarks/description:
Chimney Count (first):
one
Chimney Placement 1:
offset left straddle ridge brick
Chimney Count (second):
Chimney Placement 2:
Porch description, characteristics, details:
Porch Height, Stories:
Porch Configuration:
Porch Type:
Porch Roof Shape:
Porch Roof Material:
Porch Columns/Posts (upper or only):
Porch Piers (lower):
Primary entryway:
The entryway is an original recessed single wood door.
Function and Use
Historic Function:
Commerce/Trade: Restaurant
Present Function:
Commerce/Trade: Restaurant
Function remarks:
Listed, Designated, or Protected Status
Status Code:
5S3
Listed at the national level?
Individually Listed: No
Contributes to a District: No
Landmark: No
Date, name, remarks:
Designated at State/Province level?
Individually Listed: No
Contributes to a District: No
Landmark: No
Date, name, remarks:
Designated Locally?
Individually Listed: No
Contributes to a District: No
Landmark: No
Date, name, remarks:
Protected by ordinance or regulation?:
Protection status, remarks:
Evaluation of Potential Eligibility
Potentially eligible for historic/heritage designation?
Individually eligible
Level of potential eligibility
Local
Rating or Rank
Recommended as a potential landmark?
Criteria:
Significance and Context
Theme(s)
Modern West Hollywood
Period of significance
1966 - 1984
Significance/Context Remarks
Though built as a single-family residence, this building would find significance as a restaurant, starting in 1964 when Dan Tana, the former maitre d' at La Scala and Villa Capri, set out to create a cozy atmosphere where celebrities could feel at home. Located around the corner from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, his regular customers included everyone from Johnny Carson to Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. In the late 60s and early 70s the Troubadour two doors down was the center of the folk and rock music scene, seeing the debuts of Joni Mitchell, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joel, Neil Young, and Elton John, and the residency of Carole King and James Taylor. The only neighborhood restaurant open late, Dan Tana’s became the place to go after the show for both fans and artists. This is where Eagles band members Don Henley and Glenn Frey wrote many hits, including “Lyin’ Eyes.” The restaurant interior still retains its original features, from the red walls to the red leather seats. Before the building was Dan Tana's, it was Domenico's Lucky Cafe, which also served Italian food.
Area(s) of Significance



Ancillary Structures / Outbuildings
Number of ancillary structures / outbuildings:
Secondary structure type
Contributing to primary property?
Ancillary structures remarks or description:
The pole sign was erected for Domenico's Lucky Cafe and was repurposed for Dan Tana's.
Condition and Alterations
Character of modifications:
General Condition:
Moved or Relocated?:
No
Date moved or relocated:
Relocation remarks:
Alterations?
Date of major alterations:
Nature of alterations:
Additions?:
Date of major additions:
Addition Height:
Addition Placement:
Addition Type:
Nature of additions:
Endangered / Threatened
Endangered by:
Endangered/Threatened remarks:
Recommendations:
Contact:
Tourism / Featured Destination
Open to the public:
No
Contact information, Hours, and Amenities:
For Sale, Rent, or Lease
Property Classification:
Sale status:
Sale remarks:
Owner
Ownership type:
Name of Owner:
Owner Mailing Address:
Legal Description of Property/Comments:
TRACT 4946
Survey and Recorder
Authorized Resource Number or ID :
Optional Tracking or Sequence Number:
Alternate Resource ID or Key:
Survey Date:
2016
Surveyed By:
GPA Consulting, 617 S. Olive Street, Suite 910, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Report Name, or Reason for Survey:
West Hollywood Historic Resources Survey
Level of Survey:
intensive
Sources, References, Bibliography
Previously Surveyed?
Name of Previous Survey:
Additional Research Recommended?
Other Sources of Information:
Sanborn map, vol 20 1926-50; historic aerial photograph, 1947; Los Angeles County Assessor Records, 1929-1962; "Dan Tana's," www.seeing-stars.com.
General Remarks:
Custom / Extra Information
P3b. Resource Attributes:
HP6: 1-3 story commercial building
B11. Additional Resource Attributes:
Latitude: 34.0817042210000000
Longitude: -118.3890860130000000
UTM: Zone 11S   371839.1564 mE, 3772085.9252 mN
Datum WGS84
View facing north, January 2016.
sketch map
1954, Los Angeles Magazine

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