Mile’s road to historic status moves forward; meeting Sept.19

| September 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
PERIOD REVIVAL-STYLE homes are dominate in the Miracle Mile neighborhood.

PERIOD REVIVAL-STYLE homes are dominant in the Miracle Mile neighborhood.

Miracle Mile qualifies to be protected under a city historic ordinance given its wealth of Period Revival-style homes, according to a three-month survey recently completed by the Architectural Resources Group.

The survey is part of the city-required process to become a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone.

Community meeting

City representatives will be at a community meeting on the proposed ordinance Sat., Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. at Candela nightclub, 831 S. La Brea Ave.

Some 80 percent of Mile properties qualify as being “contributors or altered contributors,” according to the 66-page preliminary draft report.

“We are very pleased to have such a high percentage of contributing properties and to know that so much of our historic neighborhood is intact,” said Mark Zecca, chairperson of the Historic Preservation Overlay Zone committee, in the Miracle Mile Residential Association’s August newsletter.

“It adds to our motivation to get our HPOZ adopted before McMansions or high-density apartment projects reduce our numbers,” he added.

Contributors are defined as buildings that retain several historic guidelines.

The survey documents 1,351 properties bounded by Wilshire to the north, San Vicente to the south, La Brea to the East and Fairfax to the west.

Each property description will include historic and current photographs in the final report for single- and multi-family residences, institutional and commercial buildings.

The area was developed during the height of the Period Revival-style movement seen in the Spanish Colonial-, Tudor-, Mediterranean-, American Colonial- and French-revival style homes that dot the area.

The final report will be submitted to the City Planning Dept. Office of Historic Resources this month. Public meetings will follow.

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