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Musicians Union Hall voted as cultural monument

LOS ANGELES — The City Council voted March 23 to add the Musicians Union Hall in Hollywood to the city’s list of historic-cultural monuments.

The Musicians Union Hall at 817 Vine St. was built in 1950 and was one of the final commissions of architect Gordon B. Kaufmann before his death in 1949. It was nominated for monument status by Hollywood Heritage.

“Hollywood is a neighborhood deeply rooted in the entertainment industry, rich in landmarks and historic resources that help paint a picture of our past as well as a look to our future of film and television production,” said Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who represents the Hollywood area. “I was thrilled to work on this application with owner Lincoln Property Company and the applicant Hollywood Heritage. The collaboration will help preserve a bit of Hollywood history for generations to come.”

Until July 2017, the hall served as a clubhouse and organization headquarters for the Musicians Union Local 47, now known as the American Federation of Musicians Local 47.

Kaufmann was the architect who designed the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, a 1930s-era section of the Los Angeles Times complex, the Earl Carroll Theater and the Palladium.

The council’s 11-0 vote found that the hall qualified for monument status for multiple reasons, including that it is an example of Corporate International style architecture in Hollywood. The union was also the first local musicians union in the United States to desegregate, and the building was where tens of thousands of musicians paid their dues over the years.

Lincoln Property is currently securing tenants for the building, and the space will be used for studio and creative office uses, O’Farrell’s office said.

Lincoln Property is also constructing a three-story, 52,477-square-feet office building neighboring the Musicians Union Hall to the north.

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