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City Council Agenda Includes Proposal to Landmark City Hall

The council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the City Council chambers in City Hall.

Beverly Hills could gain three city landmarks Tuesday, continuing its recent effort to develop a city-level program of historic designations.

At its bimonthly meeting Tuesday, the council is expected to vote on whether to give City Hall, the Saban Theater and the Edmund C. Locke House at 801 N. Rodeo Drive historic status.

Watch the meeting live here.

The city's Cultural Heritage Commission recommended the three properties for a Council vote last month. and, according to city documents, is one of the early examples of Craftsman architecture in the then newly-developing Beverly Hills.

The Saban Theater was built in 1930. It is considered an important early example of the Art Deco style that went on to dominate 1930s movie houses.

The Beverly Hills City Hall debuted to great public acclaim in 1932. According to city documents, the Los Angeles Times noted at that time that the Spanish Mediterranean Revival structure was “the largest and most costly City Hall of any municipality its size in the country.” 

Reports documenting the architectural significance of each property were prepared for the city and can be seen here.

Beverly Hills only recently began its efforts to identify and designate city landmarks, with the Beverly Hills Hotel being the first to gain historic status last fall.

Other items on the formal City Council agenda include the review of a variety of contracts related to the ongoing reconstruction to the community center in Roxbury Park.

The Council will also consider giving a one-time "enhancement" of $7,500 to the salary of City Manager Jeff Kolin, a matter than was continued from the Council's April 13 meeting.

See the full City Council agenda here.

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George Vreeland Hill May 07, 2013 at 07:08 PM
It really would not matter if they landmark City Hall or not. The building is staying there no matter what. It will never be sold, but the only reason I can see for protecting it would be from future people wanting to tear it down for a new more modern building. This issue is a waste of time. If it was a home, park or some other place where destruction could take place, then yes, landmark it.

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