Resource Report

Historic Resource Summary

Names
Sheraton-Town House Hotel and Neon Roof Sign (Primary)
Sheraton-Town House (Alternative)
LA Historic-Cultural Monument No. 576 (Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument)
The Town House (Alternative)
Sheraton Townhouse (National Register of Historic Places)
Important Dates
1929-01-01 (Built Date)
Images
Sheraton-Town House Hotel and Neon Roof Sign - PHOTO
Resource Types
Building
Architect
Norman W. Alpaugh
Builder

Location Information

Addresses
2965 W WILSHIRE BLVD Primary
2963 W WILSHIRE BLVD Alternative
2961 W WILSHIRE BLVD Alternative
2955 W WILSHIRE BLVD Alternative
639 S COMMONWEALTH AVE Alternative
Location Description
No descriptions recorded
Administrative Areas
Wilshire Community Plan Area (Community Plan Area)
Los Angeles City Council District 10 (Council District)
WILSHIRE CENTER - KOREATOWN NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL (Neighborhood Council)
WILSHIRE CENTER NEIGHBORHOOD (Neighborhood)

Resource Description

Classification
Type: Residential-Multi Family, Apartment Tower   Use: Historic     Style: Georgian Revival Neoclassical     Related Features: Signage
Type: Commercial-Mixed, Mixed Use - Commercial/Office/Residential   Use: Current        
Features
No components recorded

Narrative Description

No description available
Alterations
No alterations listed

Resource Significance

Evaluation Details

Date Evaluated
2014-07-03
Context/Theme
Commercial Development, 1850-1980
Hotels, 1880-1980
Commercial - Lodging
Hotel
Eligibility Standards
No standards recorded
Integrity Aspects
No standards recorded
California Historic Resources Status Codes (explanation of codes)
5S1
Significance Statement
The property meets the criteria for HCM designation because it reflects “the broad cultural, political, economic or social history of the nation, state, or community.” As a prominent luxury hotel, the establishment anchored high-style commercial development along Wilshire Boulevard. Originally, built as an apartment tower, it was converted to a hotel in 1937. Under the ownership of the Sheraton Corporation, during the 1950s the hotel and its nightclub became a popular spot among distinguished celebrities. The Period of Significance ends in 1993, when the building ended use as a hotel.
Periods of Significance
From: 1929-01-01
To: 1993-12-31

Date Evaluated
2014-06-16
Context/Theme
Commercial Development, 1850-1980
Commercial Signs, 1906-1980
Rooftop Signs, 1906-1980
Commercial - Sign
Rooftop
Eligibility Standards
No standards recorded
Integrity Aspects
No standards recorded
California Historic Resources Status Codes (explanation of codes)
5S1
Significance Statement
The Sheraton-Town House Hotel Rooftop Sign is included in the HCM designation. The sign reflects the urban landscape of Los Angeles during the 1920s, as an intact example of the neon rooftop signs that dramatically transformed the Los Angeles skyline into a colorful, illuminated urban spectacle. Neon signs became signature feature of Los Angeles in the 1920s when the city became the epicenter for the production and consumption of neon.
Periods of Significance
From: 1929-01-01

Date Evaluated
2014-07-03
Context/Theme
Architecture and Engineering, 1850-1980
Late 19th and Early 20th Century Architecture, 1865-1950
Beaux Arts Classicism, 1895-1930
Commercial
Eligibility Standards
No standards recorded
Integrity Aspects
No standards recorded
California Historic Resources Status Codes (explanation of codes)
5S1
1S
Significance Statement
The property meets the criteria for HCM designation for the following reasons: As an excellent example of Neoclassical architecture with Georgian Revival influences, it embodies “the distinguishing characteristics of an architectural-type specimen, inherently valuable for a study of a period style or method of construction." Designed by architect Norman W. Alpaugh, it is the "notable work of a master builder, designer, or architect." The property also meets Criterion C for National Register of Historic Places designation for similar reasons.
Periods of Significance
From: 1929-01-01

Designations

Designation and Protection Status

Type: National Register of Historic Places Date: none defined
Type: Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument Date: 1993-04-07 -

External References

External System References

Processing ID: HCM-576
Property Identification Number: 135A201 223
House ID: 1071820
Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument Number: 576
National Register of Historic Places Reference Number: 96000821

Related Resources

Related Historic Resources

None

Related Historic Districts

None

Related Activities

None

Related Historic Events

None

Related People/Organizations

Norman W. Alpaugh (was designed by /designed)
United Pacific Securities Corporation (was owned by / owned)

Related Information Resources

Images
Documents
None