603 N Almont Dr West Hollywood, CA USA

603 N Almont Dr

Construction date: 1966*

Architect:

Unknown

Builder:

Unknown

Style:

Mid-Century Modern

 

Status of Historic Designation:

Not currently designated at national, state, or local level

Status Code:

6Z

Theme:

Modern West Hollywood

Period of Significance:

1966 - 1984

Significance:

The prevalent architectural style for commercial buildings constructed between 1946 and 1965 across the United States was Mid-Century Modern. Emerging from earlier idioms of the Modern movement, Mid-Century Modern was more fully embraced by the public following World War II. The style utilized the industrial materials and streamlined construction techniques developed during the war years. Designs relied on light metal or concrete frames sheathed in thin glass skins over boxy, geometric forms. The unadorned simplicity and technological sophistication of the style demonstrated a faith in the future. Mid-Century Modern designs were used for every type of commercial, residential, and institutional building in America. The property possesses some of the characteristics of the Mid-Century Modern style, but is not a distinctive or significant example. Some of the early tenants of the building include Dual Sleeper furniture company (9001) and Herb Bean Sales electronics (9003). A later tenant was George Sands Books in the 9011 storefront. There is no evidence to indicate that these businesses were significant in the commercial history of West Hollywood.

Evaluation of Potential Eligibility:

Not eligible / non-contributing

Architectural Description:

This is a 1-story commercial building in the Mid-Century Modern style built in 1966. Exterior walls are original stucco. The building has a flat roof clad in rubberized/asphalt composite. The raised parapet consists of a series of repeating panels divided by a shaped frame. The primary elevation faces Melrose Avenue, but wraps the corner of Almont Drive in a gentle curve. Storefronts with full height glazed display windows and doors extend along the street-facing elevations.

* Date source: Los Angeles County Office of the Assessor

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