8782 W Sunset Blvd West Hollywood, CA USA

Basics
Resource Category:
Building
Resource Type:
Restaurant
Location
Address:
8782 W Sunset Blvd
City:
West Hollywood
County:
Los Angeles
State/Province/Region:
CA
Zip/Postal Code:
90069
Country:
USA
Other Address or Location Information:
Parcel/Tax number or land unit:
5559-002-001
Local place name:
Setting/Landscape/Site Features:
Acreage, parcel, land unit size:
Quad/Map name and date:
Date
Township/Range/Section:
/ /
Visible from Public Road?
Yes
Historical Information
Historic name:
Old World Restaurant
Current name:
State Social House
Construction Date (range/estimated):
1930-1939
Construction Date Certainty:
Known Construction Date:
1935
Source for Known Construction Date:
Los Angeles County Office of the Assessor
Architect/Designer:
Louis L. Dorr
Developer:
Builder:
California Investment Company
Significant Owner(s):
Historical Summary:
Extant Status:
Not Demolished
Architectural Style and Form
Plan/Footprint Shape:
rectangular
Building Form or Plan Type (core plan):
Style, Primary:
French Revival
Style, Secondary:
Notes on architectural style, form, distinguishing features:
Architectural Elements and Features
Number of Stories:
2.5
Bays:
Structural System:
Foundation:
Basement:
Building Size:
Square footage/meters:
Roof Configuration:
Hipped
Roof Material
original slate
Roof remarks/description:
Eave Type:
extending
Eave Ornamentation:
Dormer Count:
two
Dormer Configuration:
hip-roofed
Exterior Wall Material (primary):
stucco
Exterior Wall Material (secondary):
board and batten
Notes on exterior materials:
Principal Windows::
Window Panes/Lights:
Window Type:
Window remarks:
The second story has two set of three diamond-paned windows, each within a hipped semi-dormer. The first story has a set of three storefront windows on each end of the facade and a set of three diamond-paned windows on each side of the central main entryway.
Chimney remarks/description:
Chimney Count (first):
one
Chimney Placement 1:
offset right front slope stuccoed
Chimney Count (second):
Chimney Placement 2:
Porch description, characteristics, details:
Porch Height, Stories:
Porch Configuration:
Porch Type:
Porch Roof Shape:
Porch Roof Material:
Porch Columns/Posts (upper or only):
Porch Piers (lower):
Primary entryway:
The main entryway is centered on the primary elevation facing Sunset Boulevard and consists of a wood battened door. It is accessed by a five-step stairway with metal railing.
Function and Use
Historic Function:
Commerce/Trade: Restaurant
Present Function:
Commerce/Trade: Business
Function remarks:
Listed, Designated, or Protected Status
Status Code:
5S3
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?
Individually eligible
Level of potential eligibility
Local
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
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.)
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:
Relocation remarks:
Alterations?
Date of major alterations:
Nature of alterations:
Additions?:
Date of major additions:
Addition Height:
Addition Placement:
Addition Type:
Nature of additions:
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:
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, 1926-1950; Los Angeles County Assessor Records, 1935-62; City Directories, various dates; building permits, various dates.
General Remarks:
Custom / Extra Information
P3b. Resource Attributes:
HP6: 1-3 story commercial building
B11. Additional Resource Attributes:
Latitude: 34.0908686339792600
Longitude: -118.3827174662704400
UTM: Zone 11S   372440.5263 mE, 3773094.2158 mN
Datum WGS84
View facing southeast, July 2016.
sketch map
1988. La Curbed
1974, Rockford Files Filming Locations
1930s, Department of Water and Power (building on right)