10 Iconic Los Angeles Buildings That Could Be Demolished at Any Moment

10 Iconic Los Angeles Buildings That Could Be Demolished at Any Moment

It’s an easy slur to say Los Angeles never had much history, and doesn’t respect what there is of it. In fact, L.A. has one of the nation’s first, and strongest, preservation ordinances, and a clear path for protecting architecturally significant buildings and those where history was made. But it’s a lot of work to steer a landmark nomination into a safe harbor, and today there are only about 1,000 protected landmarks on the official list, which leaves thousands of unofficial landmarks at the mercy of their owners.

In times of rampant redevelopment and land speculation, important buildings can be lost without notice, be fatally compromised when property owners engage in slow-motion “demolition by neglect” or fall victim to political whims.

To see more important places at risk, visit the Los Angeles Historic Preservation map here or read more about them at Esotouric.

Here are 10 iconic buildings that are currently threatened by redevelopment.


It’s an easy slur to say Los Angeles never had much history, and doesn’t respect what there is of it. In fact, L.A. has one of the nation’s first, and strongest, preservation ordinances, and a clear path for protecting architecturally significant buildings and those where history was made. But it’s a lot of work to steer a landmark nomination into a safe harbor, and today there are only about 1,000 protected landmarks on the official list, which leaves thousands of unofficial landmarks at the mercy of their owners.

In times of rampant redevelopment and land speculation, important buildings can be lost without notice, be fatally compromised when property owners engage in slow-motion “demolition by neglect” or fall victim to political whims.

To see more important places at risk, visit the Los Angeles Historic Preservation map here or read more about them at Esotouric.

Here are 10 iconic buildings that are currently threatened by redevelopment.
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