8801 W Sunset Blvd West Hollywood, CA USA

Tower Records

Construction date: 1970*

Architect:

Unknown

Builder:

Unknown

Style:

Modern Movement

Significant Owner(s):

Tower Records

 

Status of Historic Designation:

Not currently designated at national, state, or local level

Status Code:

6L

Theme:

Modern West Hollywood

Period of Significance:

1966 - 1984

Significance:

In the 1960s, the Sunset Strip became a world-renowned destination for rock and roll music. Tower Records, a Sacramento-based chain store, opened this store on the Sunset Strip in 1971. This location became the company's flagship store on the West Coast and a hub for music lovers who searched for records and experienced in-store performances by bands. The store was a central location for the music scene that characterized the nightlife and youth culture of the Sunset Strip from the mid-1960s through present day. Though the store closed in 2006, live music performances continue to take place in the parking lot.

Evaluation of Potential Eligibility:

Not eligible / non-contributing

Architectural Description:

This is a 1-story commercial building in the Modern Movement style built in 1970. Exterior walls are brick. The building has a flat with parapet roof clad in rubberized/asphalt composite. The primary elevation facing the surface parking lot off Horn Avenue has large fixed windows between modernist pilasters. The main entryway is a set of glass double doors with aluminum frame. Concrete steps and a handicap ramp with metal pipe railing lead to the entryway.The east side of the property contains a surface parking lot with vehicular entrances off Sunset Boulveard and Horn Avenue.

* Date source: Los Angeles County Office of the Assessor

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