Beverly Hills News – Cultural Heritage Commission Set to Begin Three New Landmark Hearings
Posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – 12:30 PM
The Cultural Heritage Commission will review the preliminary report on two new properties in consideration of possible landmark status in Beverly Hills. The Regina-Fine Arts Theatre at 8554 Wilshire Blvd. and the “Vance Residence” at 805 Hillcrest Road are being reviewed for consideration as local landmarks in the City.
The Fine Arts Theatre, designed by B. Marcus Priteca, is an Art Deco, Streamline Moderne style with an asymmetrical marquee and stepped tower.
Priteca was a noted theatre designer of the era, and is recognized as a Master Architect by the City of Beverly Hills. He designed over 200 theaters throughout the US, and was a key architect for Alexander Pantages who designed the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood and the Warner Beverly Hills Theatre (demolished). It first opened on April 21, 1937.
The preliminary investigation indicates that “sufficient evidence exists to concluded that the subject property satisfies all applicable designation criteria” and that “the property merits consideration” for landmark status.
This would be the second theatre to be considered for landmark status, along with the Saban Theatre.
Also under consideration is the property located at 805 Hillcrest Rd., the Vance Residence. The home, located to the north of Sunset Blvd., is bordered by the Waverly Mansion to the south and west. “It is a one-story, single-family residence built for dentist Alva James Vance and his wife Catherine in 1954 designed by notable architect John Elgin Woolf in the Hollywood Regency style,” according to the staff report.
Another property under consideration is the residence at 702 Alta Drive. It is a Contemporary-style two-story residence with basement with modern Mexican influences constructed of concrete, wood and steel with sharp geometric definition and a rectangular frontage.
The home is the only private residence designed by architect Ricardo Legorreta in Beverly Hills, a Master Architect who brought the architectural style to the forefront. It was his last project. The property won the the 2012 “City of Beverly Hills Design Award.”
The meeting is Wednesday at 1:30 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall.