Preservation Struggles to Persevere in LA

With victories in Beverly Hills, and a notable defeat in nearby Palos Verdes Estates, Alexei Barrionuevo tracks historic preservation's shifting place in Los Angeles.

Despite the many successes of the Los Angeles Conservancy, the largest local preservation group in the country, and the on-going revitalization of many of downtown LA's historic treasures, the region continues to threaten and demolish its historic buildings at an alarming rate.

While Beverly Hills recently passed the first historical preservation ordinance in its 98-year history, "Over a third of the 88 cities in Los Angeles County have no local ordinance protecting significant historic or architectural structures, said Linda Dishman, the executive director of the Los Angeles Conservancy."

Barrionuevo chronicles the sagas behind the last-minute preservation of Richard Neutra's Kronish House, and the recent demolition of a spectacular wing-shaped home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Jr.

Full Story: In Beverly Hills, Preservation Gains a Toehold

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