8795 W Sunset Blvd West Hollywood, CA USA

Basics
Resource Category:
Building
Resource Type:
Restaurant lounge/tavern
Location
Address:
8795 W Sunset Blvd
City:
West Hollywood
County:
Los Angeles
State/Province/Region:
CA
Zip/Postal Code:
90069
Country:
USA
Other Address or Location Information:
aka 1114 Horn Avenue
Parcel/Tax number or land unit:
5559-003-012
Local place name:
Setting/Landscape/Site Features:
Acreage, parcel, land unit size:
0.4815
Quad/Map name and date:
Date
Township/Range/Section:
/ /
Visible from Public Road?
Yes
Historical Information
Historic name:
Café Gala
Current name:
Construction Date (range/estimated):
1920-1929
Construction Date Certainty:
Known Construction Date:
1922
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:
square
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:
2
Bays:
Structural System:
Foundation:
Basement:
Building Size:
Square footage/meters:
Roof Configuration:
Hip and gable
Roof Material
terra-cotta tiles
Roof remarks/description:
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Exterior Wall Material (primary):
original stucco
Exterior Wall Material (secondary):
Notes on exterior materials:
Principal Windows::
Window Panes/Lights:
Window Type:
Window remarks:
The most prominent windows are on the south elevation facing Sunset Boulevard. This elevation features large fixed windows, with the steep lot providing views for diners.
Chimney remarks/description:
Chimney Count (first):
one
Chimney Placement 1:
side right exterior brick
Chimney Count (second):
one
Chimney Placement 2:
side right exterior stuccoed
Porch description, characteristics, details:
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Primary entryway:
The main entryway is on Horn Avenue and is comprised of double wood doors in a recessed opening. This elevation is only partially visible from the public right-of-way. On the portions that are visible, there are no window openings.
Function and Use
Historic Function:
Commerce/Trade: Restaurant
Present Function:
Vacant/Not in Use:
Function remarks:
Listed, Designated, or Protected Status
Status Code:
6Z
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?
Non-contributing
Level of potential eligibility
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
Café Gala was significant for its association with the history of the LGBTQ community in West Hollywood. It was one of the first supper clubs with an openly gay clientele. Run by the eccentric Baroness Catherine d’Erlanger and Johnny Walsh, the Venetian-themed club saw a co-mingling of straight and gay patrons. At Café Gala, gay and lesbian stars did not have to worry about being caught up in a police raid. Regular guests included Cole Porter, Judy Garland, and Lena Horne. Pianist Bobby Short started out here, and when Dorothy Dandridge made her debut performance, it was one of the hottest tickets in town. By the 1960s, the property was occupied by Russian-Armenian restaurant. From 1982 to 2001, it was the home of Spago.
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:
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Alterations?
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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:
SHOREHAM HE1GHTS LOT COM AT NW COR OF LOT 6 BLK C TH S 146.97 FT TH E 53.1O FT TH N 49 DEG 11 M1N 15 SEC E 1O1.28 FT TH N 151.96 FT TO NE COR OF LOT 7 SD BLK TH S 61 DEG 15 M1N 19 SEC W 148 FT TO BEG
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?
Yes
Name of Previous Survey:
West Hollywood Historic Resources Survey, 1986-87
Additional Research Recommended?
Other Sources of Information:
Sanborn Map, vol 20, 1919-50; Los Angeles County Assessor Records, 1922-62; Los Angeles Times, various dates; building permits, various dates; martintrunbull.com, weho.org.
General Remarks:
Custom / Extra Information
P3b. Resource Attributes:
HP6: 1-3 story commercial building
B11. Additional Resource Attributes:
Latitude: 34.0911507244373600
Longitude: -118.3832291235409000
UTM: Zone 11S   372393.7445 mE, 3773126.1361 mN
Datum WGS84
View facing north, January 2016.
View facing east, January 2016.
View facing northwest, January 2016.
sketch map
Date Unknown, Doug Moon
1969, J. H. Graham