The new owners of the home at 455 S. Lorraine Blvd. have been urged by the city, neighbors and preservationists to follow the guidelines required for an Historic-Cultural Landmark.
But the change from natural stone to painted beige and white, the white iron fence around the perimeter and the statuary are not in keeping with Secretary of the Interior’s standards for rehabilitation for landmark residences.
The home was built in 1912 by Edward Janss and is known as the Chandler house because Norman Chandler, a former Los Angeles Times publisher, and his wife Buffy, resided there for 40 years.
It was purchased in the last few months for $9.2 million, and renovations on the former house began soon after.
Considered one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture, the mansion does not fall under city’s Historic Overlay Preservation Zone guidelines because of its Historic Cultural Monument status, said Mary Pickhardt, a member of the Windsor Square Design Review board.
“Our board does not have jurisdiction over Historic-Cultural landmarks, which should require any changes to the property to paint color, landscaping.
“Clearly,” she continued, “the owners have not been responding to requests from the city to submit any proposed changes for review—every week some new ‘project’ appears in the front yard.”