1005 N La Cienega Blvd West Hollywood, CA USA

Alta Cienega Motel

Construction date: 1948*

Current name:

Alta Cienega Motel






Mid-Century Modern


Status of Historic Designation:

Not currently designated at national, state, or local level

Status Code:



Postwar West Hollywood

Period of Significance:

1946 - 1965


The stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard through West Hollywood became part of Route 66 in 1936. From Chicago to Los Angeles, it was necessary to provide lodging for travelers along the 2,000 mile road. The Alta Cienega Motel may have catered to some travelers along this journey. However, because travelers became more dispersed within urban regions such as Los Angeles evidence must show that a roadside business was providing services in direct response to the through-traveler in order to be significant under this context. Research did not yield any information that creates a direct association between the Alta Cienega Motel and Route 66. (See continuation sheet.)

Evaluation of Potential Eligibility:

Not eligible / non-contributing

Architectural Description:

This is a 2-story motel in the Mid-Century Modern style built in 1948. The building is u in plan. Exterior walls are original stucco and metal. The building has a flat roof clad in rubberized/asphalt composite. The windows on the primary elevation facing La Cienega Boulevard are aluminum sliding windows with wood surrounds. The attached store has a large fixed window on the primary elevation. The main entryway to the motel is accessed via an interior parking lot and is not visible from the public right-of-way.

* Date source: Los Angeles County Office of the Assessor

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