Nooo! They can't take Norms away! The LA Conservancy is sending out the alarm that the new owners of the iconic Norm's La Cienega restaurant have received a permit to demolish the building. More:
On January 15, 2015, the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission (CHC) will meet and hopefully vote in support to take Norms La Cienega Coffee Shop under consideration for Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) status. Designed by influential modern architects Louis Armet and Eldon Davis and completed in 1957, Norms La Cienega is an exuberant example of the California coffee shop type and an expressive Googie masterwork.
In December 2014, the Conservancy and its Modern Committee nominated Norms La Cienega for designation as an HCM for its association with the firm of Armet & Davis, its pioneering Googie design, and its enduring significance in Los Angeles' postwar landscape.
On January 5, the new owner of Norms applied for and received a permit to demolish the building at 470-478 La Cienega Boulevard. Regardless of the active permit, if the Cultural Heritage Commission acts to take Norms La Cienega under consideraton for Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) status the building will be afforded interim protection until City Council acts on this issue.
As Los Angeles magazine's Chris Nichols recently reported, the Norms Restaurant chain was sold at the end of last year, after 65 years of family ownership.