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Historic Preservation Commission Votes to Designate Formosa Cafe As a Cultural Resource

“The iconic Formosa Cafe on Historic Route 66 played an important role in West Hollywood’s commercial development, especially in the growing film industry,” WHPA board president Victor Omelczenko told the Beverly Press after the West Hollywood Historic Preservation Commission voted to recommend that the nearly century-old cafe be designated a cultural resource..

“We’re happy to have the preservation year start off on such a fine note. Now, it’s up to the City Council to give its official approval,” Omelczenko said.

“The West Hollywood Preservation Alliance finds it very exciting to have the HPC finish what the Cultural Heritage Advisory Board recommended decades ago in designating the Formosa Café a local cultural resource,” WHPA board member Roy Rogers Oldenkamp said to WEHOville in late January. “WHPA would like to give a shout out to historian Stacy Failing, who befriended the owners and persuaded them to save former owner Jimmy Bernstein’s and subsequent owners’ many headshots of celebrities who dined there over the years.

“Because of Stacy, we have the original menus ,many intact furnishings, even the Chinese lanterns over the banquettes, all save one that virtually disintegrated when taken down.”

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WHPA Statement on the Formosa Cafe

The West Hollywood Preservation Alliance is in concurrence with staff recommendation to initiate cultural resource designation proceedings by adopting the following resolution:

DRAFT RESOLUTION NO. HPC 18-130: A RESOLUTION OF THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD, INITIATING DESIGNATION PROCEEDINGS FOR THE BUILDING AND TROLLEY KNOWN AS FORMOSA CAFÉ LOCATED AT 7156 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA AS A LOCAL CULTURAL RESOURCE

The Formosa Cafe is a landmark cultural iconic resource intertwined with the legendary Hollywood history of both Elmore Leonard and authentic gangland lore. A unique resource, the cache of historic documents and photographs also remain as an interior feature. We hope West Hollywood would honor this location with a cultural resource designation.

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Historic Preservation Commission Will Discuss Overview of the Historic Commercial Buildings Survey

The Historic Preservation Commission will meet tomorrow night, June 27, at 7 pm in Rooms 5 and 6 at Plummer Park to discuss the latest iteration of the city’s survey of historic commercial buildings. From the staff report [PDF]:

The Historic Preservation Commission will be receiving its first overview of the draft Commercial Historic Resources Survey document and revised project schedule. The draft survey includes the Historic Context Statement and a list of designated and potential cultural resources. Pending sections include an executive summary, survey results, conclusions, and recommendations. The HPC will provide feedback on the draft survey for staff and the City’s consulting firm of GPA Consulting to incorporate into the final draft. The final draft document will be presented to the HPC at its August 22, 2016 meeting.

There will be three other hearings on the survey:

*HPC Hearing on Final Draft: Mon., Aug. 22, 7 pm, Plummer Park Community Center, Rooms 5-6

*Planning Commission Hearing: Thurs., Sept. 1, 6:30 pm, City Council Chambers, 625 San Vicente

*City Council Hearing: Mon. Sept. 19, 6:30 pm, City Council Chambers, 625 San Vicente

Please note that between now and the next HPC hearing on August 22 is optimal to make suggested changes/additions to the list of properties being considered as historic. Once the final list is finalized, it becomes more difficult to add buildings.

So, please review the draft report and come to the meetings and/or email your comments to the following individuals and make sure to say: PLEASE ENTER THESE COMMENTS INTO THE PUBLIC RECORD.

Send your emails to:

Rachel Dimond, rdimond@weho.org
Antonio Castillo, acastillo@weho.org
Sharita Ellies, sellies@weho.org

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