8980 Santa Monica Blvd West Hollywood, CA USA

Basics
Resource Category:
Building
Resource Type:
Automobile sales showroom
Location
Address:
8980 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:
4336-009-011
Local place name:
Setting/Landscape/Site Features:
Acreage, parcel, land unit size:
0.2693
Quad/Map name and date:
Date
Township/Range/Section:
/ /
Visible from Public Road?
Yes
Historical Information
Historic name:
Howard Preston Co.
Current name:
Heritage Classics
Construction Date (range/estimated):
1930-1939
Construction Date Certainty:
Known Construction Date:
1931
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:
Spanish Colonial Revival
Style, Secondary:
Notes on architectural style, form, distinguishing features:
Architectural Elements and Features
Number of Stories:
1.5
Bays:
Structural System:
Foundation:
Basement:
Building Size:
Square footage/meters:
Roof Configuration:
Multi-plane/complex
Roof Material
terra-cotta tiles
Roof remarks/description:
Roof is surrounded by a parapet. Much of it is flat, with a front gable over the double-height main entryway and low side gabled and low barrel vaulted portions to each side.
Eave Type:
Eave Ornamentation:
Dormer Count:
Dormer Configuration:
Exterior Wall Material (primary):
original stucco
Exterior Wall Material (secondary):
Notes on exterior materials:
Principal Windows::
steel
Window Panes/Lights:
Window Type:
fixed
Window remarks:
Most are large display windows with and without bulkheads.
Chimney remarks/description:
Chimney Count (first):
Chimney Placement 1:
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 main entryway is comprised of a set of glazed doors and a transom. Directly above it appears that there was once a doorway that has been infilled. The entry feature is surrounded by red brick.
Function and Use
Historic Function:
Commerce/Trade: Business
Present Function:
Commerce/Trade: Business
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)
West Hollywood 1926 - World War II
Period of significance
1926 - 1945
Significance/Context Remarks
During the 1910s, the land that would make up West Hollywood was mostly rural in nature, but by the early 1920s its position between the motion picture studios in Hollywood and the preferred residential area for film stars in Beverly Hills led to its urbanization, with sewer and gas lines being installed and residential streets graded. This also led to the opening of a number of car dealerships featuring showrooms and service garages. Howard Preston Co. Ford Dealership closed shortly after it opened, an apparent victim of the Great Depression. The building spent 1933 to 1966 housing a variety of non-automotive businesses, including Hamel Radiator Corporation (1933), Ashburn Brothers Heating (1950), Airomatic Heating (1954), and the Herman Schlorrman Furniture Warehouse (1965). In 1966, it was returned to its original purpose with the opening of Auto Europa, and it remains a car dealership today, doing business as the Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Though two other West Hollywood dealerships survive from this era, both have been extensively remodeled, leaving this as the most intact example.
Area(s) of Significance



Ancillary Structures / Outbuildings
Number of ancillary structures / outbuildings:
Secondary structure type
Contributing to primary property?
Ancillary structures remarks or description:
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:
LOT 3 TRACT NO 3585 LOT COM SW ON SE LINE OF SANTA MONICA BLVD 9 FT FROM INTERSECTION OF SD SE LINE WITH E LINE OF LOT 42 TH S 39 19 E 46.79 FT TH N 89 43 30 W 22.69 FT TH S TO A LINE PARALLEL WITH AND DIST N AT
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; Los Angeles County Assessor Records, 1931-62; Los Angeles Times, various dates.
General Remarks:
Custom / Extra Information
P3b. Resource Attributes:
HP6: 1-3 story commercial building
B11. Additional Resource Attributes:
Latitude: 34.0829337200000000
Longitude: -118.3862353170000000
UTM: Zone 11S   372104.0375 mE, 3772218.6959 mN
Datum WGS84
View facing southeast, July 2016.
sketch map

Attached Files

None