Councilmember O'Farrell, City Planning Save Historical Cultural Landmark in Silver Lake

Councilmember O'Farrell, City Planning Save Historic Cultural Landmark Site in Silver Lake

SILVER LAKE -- A once dilapidated historic craftsman home along Sunset Boulevard is getting a second chance at life as crews work to restore the cultural landmark on North Coronado Terrace.

The efforts to save the 106-year-old home from demolition and development started back in May 2014, when Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell introduced a motion to start the process to declare the structure a historic landmark.

“It is of utmost importance to me to maintain the character in our historic neighborhoods,” said Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell. “I am proud of the fact that we saved one more cultural landmark in this City from demolition, and preserved a piece of history in one of the great neighborhoods in the City of Angels.”

The single-family home, built in 1910, is located on the upper hillside overlooking Sunset Boulevard, which many consider a gateway property to Coronado Terrace and part of the original Rowland Heights tract on the eastern border of Silver Lake.

“We believe this will preserve something of intrinsic value to the city of Los Angeles,” said Carol Cetrone of the Coronado Terrace Neighborhood Association, one of the local preservationists who cheered Councilmember O’Farrell’s  action. “We hope this will be an example of how we can illuminate and honor our past in accordance with the city-wide vision of SurveyLA.”

According to SurveyLA, the City’s official Office of Historic Resources, the house at 1109 Coronado Terrace was built, along with five other houses, in the early 20th century  as one of the first homes to stand on this narrow hillside street near two electric streetcar lines on Silver Lake and Sunset Boulevards.

The Rowland Heights tract had just been subdivided, and the builders added extra curb appeal with arroyo stone retaining walls, porches and chimneys. These early entrepreneurs created these distinctive features which are largely intact today after one hundred years, according to Cetrone.

The Council motion introduced by Councilmember O’Farrell (CF# 14-0582) allowed the City to take the property under consideration and added the Coronado Terrace House to the list of Historical-Cultural Monuments, discouraging any repurposing such as small lot development at the site.

Currently the property is undergoing renovations, and the retrofit and restoration will be in compliance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards.