8776 W Sunset Blvd West Hollywood, CA USA

8776 W Sunset Blvd

Construction date: 1935*

Architect:

Louis Dorr

Builder:

California Investment Company

Style:

French Revival

 

Status of Historic Designation:

Not currently designated at national, state, or local level

Status Code:

5S3

Theme:

West Hollywood 1926 - World War II

Period of Significance:

1926 - 1945

Significance:

Before the 1920s Sunset Boulevard was unpaved and surrounded by poinsettia fields, but by the early 1920s it was the main artery between the motion picture studios in Hollywood and the preferred residential area for film stars in Beverly Hills. Sewer and gas lines were installed and residential streets graded and named north of Sunset in 1923. While Santa Monica Boulevard was characterized by the electric streetcar, Sunset Boulevard was designed for the automobile. The earliest commercial development began in 1925 by Francis S. Montgomery in an area later known as Sunset Plaza, a collection of upscale shops and offices with extensive parking located behind each building. By 1930, property owners were lobbying for zone changes and infrastructure improvements that would pave the way for commercial development. Businesses related to the entertainment industry including talent agencies, publicists, and managers began to open offices in small buildings lining the street. At night, the street was the playground for the Hollywood elite. The repeal of Prohibition in 1933 facilitated the growth of even more restaurants and nightclubs. (See continuation sheet.)

Evaluation of Potential Eligibility:

Individually eligible

Architectural Description:

This is a 2.5-story office building in the French Revival style built in 1935. Exterior walls are stucco and board and batten. The building has a hipped roof clad in original slate with extending and three hip-roofed dormers. There is one offset left, front slope, stuccoed chimney. The first story of the primary elevation facing Sunset Boulevard has two three-sided bay windows, each topped by a metal pent roof. The pent roof over the western bay window also extends over the centrally located primary entryway. The second story has three multi-paned windows, each within a hipped dormer. The main entryway consists of a metal framed door with glazing. A secondary entryway is at the west end of the elevation.

* Date source: Los Angeles County Office of the Assessor

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