City Council Approves Musicians Union Hall as Historic Monument

Musicians Union Hall

HOLLYWOOD - The Los Angeles City Council today approved the addition of the Musicians Union Hall to the City’s Historic Cultural Monument List, the 11th such designation championed by Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell since taking office in July 2013.

The landmark status of the Musician’s Union Hall, located at 817 Vine Street, was first identified by SurveyLA and nominated by Hollywood Heritage. Completed in 1950, the Musicians Union of Hollywood was one of the final commissions of architect Gordon B. Kaufmann before his death in 1949.

“Hollywood is a neighborhood deeply rooted in the entertainment industry, rich in landmarks and historic resources that help paint a picture of our past as well as a look to our future of film and television production,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “ I was 100 percent supportive and happy to work on this application with owner Lincoln Property Company and the applicant Hollywood Heritage. The collaboration will help preserve a bit of Hollywood history for generations to come!”

Kaufmann was the architect behind the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, a 1930s-era section of the Los Angeles Times’s complex in Downtown, and Hollywood hotspots- the Earl Carroll Theater and the Palladium.  The Union Hall is an example of Corporate International style architecture in Hollywood.

The Musicians Union Hall qualified for Historic Cultural Monument status on all fronts.  It was the first local musicians union in the United States to desegregate, and it is widely known that tens of thousands of musicians have paid their dues in this building over the years. Master architect Gordon Kaufmann designed the Corporate International building that became associated with famous musicians and entertainers.

Lincoln Property is currently securing tenants for the building, which is expected create hundreds of local jobs. The space will be utilized for studio and creative office uses. In addition, the Lincoln Property is constructing a 3-story 52,477 square foot office building neighboring the Musicians Union Hall to the north.

During his first term in office, Councilmember O’Farrell has worked with local communities to designate ten additional Historic Cultural Landmarks in the 13th District, including; a 104-year old Craftsman-style home in Silver Lake; the Black Cat Tavern, also in Silver Lake, birthplace of the LGBT movement; the Hollywood Palladium, a Streamline Moderne Art Deco entertainment venue; and the Tom of Finland House in Echo Park, home of the world-renowned artist with the same moniker.

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