Josh Flagg to Replace Noah Furie on Cultural Heritage Commission
Posted Thursday, July 2, 2020 - 7:17 pm
By Laura Coleman
It’s hard to believe that until 2012, Beverly Hills never had an Historic Preservation Ordinance and not one designated landmark. In fact, the century-old City was notorious for its lack of preservation rules and the tearing down of a multitude of architectural gems. Today, thanks largely to the efforts of the eight-year-old Cultural Heritage Commission, the City counts 42 properties on its Local Registrar of Historic Properties, with two more awaiting only City Council approval.
Among those protected properties are the Beverly Hills Hotel, Greystone Mansion, and the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Indeed, a wealth of the preserved properties were designed by master architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, Wallace Neff, Paul Williams and Richard Neutra, whose “Kronish Residence” on Sunset Boulevard (Landmark No. 28) galvanized preservationists and locals to lobby the City Council when it was marked for demolition a decade ago, sparking the process to create the City’s Historic Preservation Ordinance.
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