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L.A. rejects landmark status for early Spanish colonial home

July 30, 2010 |  7:43 am

Casa Adobe

A 1920 Brentwood Park house considered to be an early example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture in Los Angeles will not be designated a city landmark -- a categorization that would have made it more difficult for owners to demolish the structure.

City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who represents the neighborhood, told the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission on Thursday that he did not consider the two-story house historic and that the nomination for landmark status had unfairly caught the new owners by surprise.

Two of three commissioners present voted in favor of designating the house as a historic-cultural monument, but panel President Richard Barron, an architect who has won preservation awards from the Los Angeles Conservancy, voted no. At least three votes from the five-member panel are needed to designate a property.

The Santa Monica Conservancy had nominated the building at 201 S. Rockingham Ave., saying Casa Adobe embodied the "distinguishing characteristics" of Spanish Colonial Revival residential architecture and was associated with master architect and builder John W. Byers. The Los Angeles Conservancy supported the nomination.

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-- Martha Groves

Photo: The Spanish Colonial Revival house was built for petroleum geologist Harry Roland Johnson and his wife, Olivia Johnson. The distinct style is associated with architect John W. Byers. Credit: Olivia Johnson