Beverly Hills News
Beverly Hills Sanctions Three Buildings Historic
By Sebastian Sarti
May 11, 2013 - 4:59:09 PM

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BEVERLY HILLS—The City Council has decided to mark three buildings as historic sites. The Cultural Heritage Commission recommended the Fox Wilshire Theatre, Locke House, and Beverly Hills City Hall to be named historic sites and the City Council approved these recommendations.

 

A historic site is recognized as important to Beverly Hills’s history. For a site to be considered historic it must meet any of the following criteria: connection with a significant event in Beverly Hills history, direct ties to significant people, an example of an excellent architect’s work or characteristics of a type, period, or style of construction.

 

Fox Wilshire Saban Theatre is located at 8440 Wilshire Boulevard. It opened on September 19, 1930. The theatre was designed by architect S. Charles Lee. The theatre is an example of the Art Deco style. In 1981 the theatre was made into a stage theatre, previously it had been a movie theatre.  Marilyn Monroe’s “How to Marry a Millionaire” premiered there in November 1953.  The theatre now regularly hosts live comedy, music, and is often used in film and television shooting.

 

The Locke House is at 801 N. Rodeo Drive and was built in 1914. The house also goes by the Edmund C. Locke house.  It is considered to be an early example of Craftmans architecture.

 

Beverly Hills City Hall is located at 455 N. Rexford Drive. It was built in 1932 and the architects were William Gage and Harry Koerner. It exemplifies the Spanish Renaissance style.

 

These new sites bring the total number of historic sites to 13 in Beverly Hills. By designating sites as historic, the City Council allows owners to have a plaque recognizing the site’s importance. Additionally, the building is protected from demolition and any alterations to the building must first be approved by the City.



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