Clients - Historic Preservation

  • Conversion of Mar Vista Apartments to Downtown Office and Retail Use

    We assisted the owner of the historic Mar Vista Apartments building to rehabilitate this designated landmark for use as commercial offices above a ground floor restaurant and a fitness center.  The project includes retaining a “ghost sign” atop the building and rehabilitating a penthouse addition and establishing a rooftop deck.  A certificate of appropriateness was successfully obtained from the Landmarks Commission.

  • Starbucks at the Santa Monica Pier

    We represented the longtime owners of a building constructed in 1921 along the boardwalk adjacent to the historic Santa Monica Pier. This was one of the early buildings constructed at the base of the Looff Pier (now known as the Santa Monica Pier). In response to a lease with Starbucks, certain parties initiated a landmark application as to the property. We assisted the ownership with responding to that application and securing a certificate of appropriateness to adaptively-reuse the building for the new Starbucks, including a colorful new mural that will adorn the top portion of the building.

  • NuWilshire Theater Landmark

    With our assistance the owner of the landmarked NuWilshire Theater building obtained a certificate of appropriateness from the Santa Monica Landmarks Commission to allow the adaptive reuse of the building as a retail store.

  • Paper Mate Building

    We assisted the owner of the Paper Mate building in Santa Monica in persuading the City’s Landmarks Commission that the Paper Mate building does not satisfy the criteria for designation as an historic resource under the City’s Landmark Ordinance.

  • First Church of Christ, Scientist Exemption From Landmarks Process

    First Church of Christ, Scientist of Santa Monica secured an exemption as a religious institution from a local landmarks ordinance with our assistance.

  • 301 Ocean Avenue Apartment Building

    After Trammell Crow acquired the property for development of new condominiums, we successfully defended against designation of the existing building as a local landmark.

  • Z-Boys Skate and Surf Shop Landmark

    We represented the longtime owners of a Main Street property that is known worldwide as the birthplace of “extreme skateboarding.” We assisted the owners through the designation of this cultural landmark and the adaptive reuse of this property as a future mixed-use/LEED-certified project that will feature an interpretive exhibit to the Z-Boys. An EIR and Statement of Overriding Considerations were also approved.

  • Historic Mayfair Theater

    The 1994 Northridge Earthquake damaged the historic Mayfair Theater beyond repair. We subsequently assisted the longtime owner of the Mayfair Theater with redesigning his mixed-use project to incorporate the landmark facade in a manner consistent with The Secretary of Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and related issues.

  • Shotgun House

    We represented the Santa Monica Conservancy in negotiating a lease with the City of Santa Monica for the adaptive reuse of the Shotgun House, a local city landmark. We then assisted the Santa Monica Conservancy in obtaining a certificate of appropriateness for this project.

  • Turn of the Century Landmark Cottage

    After a multi-family property was acquired for development of condominiums, we assisted the buyers with a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment, multiple variances, a certificate of appropriateness and other project entitlements related to developing three new condominium units behind the landmark cottage in a manner consistent with The Secretary of Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and related issues. We were awarded a certificate of achievement from the Santa Monica Conservancy for these efforts.

  • Bijou Theater Landmark

    Situated just blocks from the ocean in Hermosa Beach, this historic movie theater was acquired by a development team intent on preserving the structure while, at the same time, converting its interior to accommodate offices and retail shops. We worked with the City of Hermosa Beach to obtain the necessary approvals for this creative adaptive reuse.

  • West Hollywood Apartment Project

    We represented an owner in opposing the inclusion of his property in a proposed thematic historic district consisting of “courtyard apartments.” The application we opposed was denied by the West Hollywood City Council.

  • Marquez Family Cemetery

    The Marquez Family Cemetery is located in Santa Monica Canyon and is the only remaining parcel of land still owned by the descendents of the original land grant recipient of most of what is now Pacific Palisades. We assisted the owners in preservation of adjacent land as permanent open space.

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