Glendale City Council to Consider Adoption of Revisions to the Historic Preservation Ordinance on Tuesday, May 14, at 6 pm
TGHS supports adoption of the demolition deterrence protections in the revised Historic Preservation Ordinance, which are important and necessary changes. We had hoped Council would adopt all of the proposed revisions introduced at the March 26 City Council meeting, but they are not under consideration at this time. Mayor Ara Najarian has said the rest of the proposed changes would return to Council at a later date.
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Please Support Revisions to Glendale's Historic Preservation Ordinance
On Tuesday, April 9, the Glendale City Council will vote on whether to adopt an updated and improved Historic Preservation Ordinance. We urge you to attend the meeting, which begins at 6 pm (613 E. Broadway) and write to Council to ask them to vote to adopt it. The new Ordinance will greatly increase penalties for illegal demolitions (following the illegal demolition of a 1908 Craftsman at 1420 Valley View) as well as increase protections across the board for historic properties in Glendale, including within historic districts. It broadens the category of historic resources to explicitly include properties identified in historic resource surveys and those that have not been surveyed but that the City has strong reasons to believe are historic. It gives the Historic Preservation Commission more review authority and clarifies and streamlines the approval process for alterations and additions.
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UPDATE: On September 18 City Council voted to deny the appeal and to allow construction of an 8,262 square-foot house with two garages immediately adjacent to the historic Ard Eevin home and the Ard Eevin Highlands Historic District, despite the project’s incompatibility with the surrounding properties in terms of size, massing, scale, and architecture, and the lack of an appropriate environmental clearance document.
On Tuesday, September 18, City Council will hear the appeal of a decision to approve a 8,262 square-foot house with two garages, to be built on the hillside immediately adjacent to both the Ard Eevin home (listed on the National, California, and Glendale Registers), and the locally designated Ard Eevin Highlands Historic District.
1642 S. Central Ave: Proposed Demolition
Craftsman duplex circa 1911. This is a rare resource type in Glendale. Owner has filed an application to demolish. The property was identified as 5S3 (appears eligible for the Glendale Register) in the City-adopted South Glendale Historic Resources Survey (2018). It is located within the Tropico Transit-Oriented-Development area, which Council approved for upzoning as described in the South Glendale Community Plan. No project for the site has been announced, although it is for sale as a “development opportunity.”
1442 Montgomery Ave (“Clicko” House): Proposed Demolition
Former residence of Franz Taibosh, a.k.a. “Clicko,” a famous circus performer, in 1938-1939. The earliest known extant residence of an African-American who did not live with employers or at his or her place of work. A memoir written by his guardian indicates that he had to hide from white neighbors because of Glendale’s racist housing policies. TGHS believes the property to be eligible for the Glendale Register for its association with a period when Glendale was intensely racially restricted. Five qualified architectural historians and one environmental planner support TGHS’s position. City staff disagree. For more information, see our position statement here.
Ard Eevin (851 W. Mountain) and Ard Eevin Highlands Historic District: Adverse Impacts to Historic Resources
Appeal of a decision to allow construction of a 7,500 square-foot house plus garages immediately adjacent to and above Ard Eevin, a 1903 residence listed on the National Register, and the historic district to which it lends its name. TGHS argued that the City relied on improper environmental clearance documents and that the mass, scale, size, and design of the project would have a substantial adverse impact on both Ard Eevin and the historic district, which is comprised of much smaller period and ranch-style houses from 1903 – 1950s. For more information, see our position statement here.
128 and 132 S. Kenwood St: Proposed Demolition
In December 2016 Council found 132 S. Kenwood, which features a 1920 Craftsman residence and a 1953 Minimal Traditional apartment building, to be a historic resource for its association with the Reverend Clifford Cole, a prominent local minister and syndicated newspaper columnist who lived at the property for more than forty years. At the time Council refused to certify an Environmental Impact Report that would have allowed demolition. The project is expected to return. For more information, see our position statement here.
401 – 409 Hawthorne St and 161 S. Columbus Ave: Proposed Demolition
The developer withdrew a project after TGHS argued that the 1921 Clipped Colonial Craftsman houses at 401 Hawthorne and 161 S. Columbus are historic resources, a finding recently confirmed in the South Glendale Historic Resources Survey. We believe the developer proposes to maintain these Craftsmans but demolish a 1910 Hip-Roofed Cottage/Transitional Craftsman at 409 Hawthorne as part of a resubmitted project. For more information, see our position statement here.