Demolition Threat: SMB Streamline Moderne
Wurdeman & Becket, West Hollywood, California, US, 1938
"Wurdeman & Becket’s 1938 Streamline Moderne commercial building in West Hollywood, California is currently threatened with demolition in order to make way for a large-scale mixed use development. Located at 9080 Santa Monica Blvd in the Melrose Triangle (at the border with Beverly Hills, in West Hollywood’s Design District), it sits on land that the large development firm The Charles Company hopes to finally be able to complete its Melrose Triangle development plan; a plan that was first proposed over 11 years ago."
"The building retains most of its original integrity. The only changes made to the exterior are - the front door is not original, a door west of the front door was added in the 1980s, some of the windows in the steel casements have been replaced, and approximately two glass blocks have been replaced.As part of their Total Design concept, Wurdeman & Becket also designed all the interior woodwork, cabinetry, floors, and furnishings, right down to the animal cages and dog head fountain in the atrium. This building is an incredible discovery – an unknown Wurdeman & Becket masterpiece!"
Please visit the Save the SMB Streamline Moderne Facebook page to see gorgeous photos and take part in this resque movement.
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[by Docomomo US]