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Historic status sought for Norm’s on La Cienega

From City News Service

LOS ANGELES — The 1950s-era Norm’s restaurant building on La Cienega Boulevard was temporarily spared from the wrecking ball Jan. 15 when a city commission agreed to consider designating the diner a historic monument.

The restaurant’s owners obtained a demolition permit for the building on Jan. 5 from the city Department of Building and Safety, prompting urgent calls from area preservation groups to save the building. The Los Angeles Conservancy, submitted a historic monument application for Norms in December, the Los Angeles Times reported.

An attorney for Norms told the city Cultural Heritage Commission there were no immediate plans to bulldoze the building.

An attorney for Norms told the city Cultural Heritage Commission there were no immediate plans to bulldoze the building. Commission members said they will consider a landmark designation for the building, blocking any demolition effort for about two months.

The City Council would have the final say on whether to approve a historic monument designation. Built in 1956, the 24-hour coffee shop is considered a model of Googie architecture, with its vaulted roof and neon sign.

Such Googie buildings are “exceedingly rare,” giving urgency to saving the Norms, Adrian Scott Fine, advocacy director for the Los Angeles Conservancy, told The Times. “They’re really symbolic of Southern California postwar culture.”

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