Resource Report

Historic Resource Summary

Names
May Company (Primary)
May Company (Historic)
Macys (Alternative)
6180 N LAUREL CANYON BLVD (Alternative)
Important Dates
1959-01-01 (Built Date)
Images
May Company - PHOTO
Resource Types
Building
Architect
Builder
Owner

Location Information

Addresses
6180 N LAUREL CANYON BLVD Primary
6160 N LAUREL CANYON BLVD Alternative
6152 N LAUREL CANYON BLVD Alternative
6100 N LAUREL CANYON BLVD Alternative
6152 1/2 N LAUREL CANYON BLVD Alternative
6101 N RADFORD AVE Alternative
6150 N LAUREL CANYON BLVD Alternative
Location Description
No descriptions recorded
Administrative Areas
North Hollywood - Valley Village Community Plan Area (Community Plan Area)
Los Angeles City Council District 2 (Council District)
MID-TOWN NORTH HOLLYWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL (Neighborhood Council)
N. HOLLYWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD (Neighborhood)

Resource Description

Classification
Type: Commercial-Retail, Department Store   Use: Historic     Style: Modern, Mid-Century     Related Features: Parking Lot
Type: California OHP Resource Attribute - HP06. 1-3 story commercial building          
Features
Component: Cladding Type: Stucco, smooth Material: none defined
Component: Construction Type: Concrete, poured/precast Material: none defined
Component: Details Type: Bris soleil; Buttresses; Light Fixtures Material: none defined
Component: Door Type: Glazed, fully; Double Material: Metal
Component: Façade Type: Asymmetrical Material: none defined
Component: Plan Type: Rectangular Material: none defined
Component: Roof Type: Flat Material: none defined
Component: Storefront Type: Flush; Planters; Canopy Material: none defined

Narrative Description

No description available
Alterations
Sustained damage during 1994 Earthquake. Extent of repairs is unknown and building does not appear altered.

Resource Significance

Evaluation Details

Date Evaluated
2012-09-19
Context/Theme
Architecture and Engineering, 1850-1980
L.A. Modernism, 1919-1980
Post-War Modernism, 1946-1975
Mid-Century Modernism, 1945-1975
Commercial
Eligibility Standards
  • Was constructed during the period of significance
  • Flat roof, at times with wide overhanging eaves
  • Horizontal massing
  • Simple, geometric volumes
  • Retains the essential character defining features of Mid-Century Modernism from the period of significance
  • Exhibits quality of design through distinctive features
  • Integrity Aspects
    Location
    Association
    Feeling
    Workmanship
    Design
    Retains sufficient integrity to convey significance
    Materials
    California Historic Resources Status Codes (explanation of codes)
    5S3
    3CS
    3S
    Significance Statement
    Excellent example of a Mid-Century Modern department store. Exhibits distinctive features exemplifying its style. Part of Laurel Plaza Mall, surrounding mall demolished following the 1994 Earthquake.
    Periods of Significance
    From: 1959-01-01

    Date Evaluated
    2012-09-19
    Context/Theme
    Commercial Development, 1850-1980
    Department Stores, 1920-1980
    Commercial - Retail
    Department Store
    Eligibility Standards
  • Retains most of the essential character-defining features from the period of significance
  • May also be significant under a theme within the Architecture context
  • Was historically designed and used as a department store
  • Significant as a property type (C)
  • Significant for events (A)
  • Has an important association with an early or major department store in Los Angeles
  • Integrity Aspects
    Workmanship
    Feeling
    Materials
    Setting
    Design
    Location
    Retains sufficient integrity to convey significance
    Association
    California Historic Resources Status Codes (explanation of codes)
    5S3
    3CS
    3S
    Significance Statement
    An excellent example of a department store significant as representing the post World War II commercial development adjacent to the residential suburbs of North Hollywood. Significant as a 1950s May Company department store in the commercial center of Laurel Plaza. Exemplifies the automobile-centered commercial development of the time and the development of shopping corridors in the suburban San Fernando Valley. Conveys the distinctive characteristics of the property type from the era. Formerly attached to Laurel Plaza Mall, which was demolished following 1994 Northridge Earthquake.
    Periods of Significance
    From: 1959-01-01
    To: 1994-12-31

    External References

    External System References

    SurveyLA ID: ca291f36-4842-4e06-8470-94cdcc47a4a9
    Property Identification Number: 177B165 349
    Property Identification Number: 177B165 349
    Property Identification Number: 177B165 349
    Property Identification Number: 177B165 349
    Property Identification Number: 177B165 349
    Property Identification Number: 177B165 349
    Property Identification Number: 177B165 349
    House ID: 106033

    Related Resources

    Related Historic Resources

    None

    Related Historic Districts

    None

    Related Activities


    Related Historic Events

    None

    Related People/Organizations

    Architectural Resources Group (Surveying Firm, was surveyed by / surveyed)

    Related Information Resources

    Images
    Documents
    SurveyLA: North Hollywood-Valley Village Historic Resources Survey Report (Document/Text, is referred to in / refers to)