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Owner, historical society disagree over San Fernando Road building's status

Each side has a report that speaks to views about historic status.

September 06, 2013|By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com
  • The building at 3901 San Fernando Rd. in Glendale houses several businesses, including 20-plus year tenant Solar Studios. The Glendale Historical Society has bolstered its efforts to prevent the demolition the building with a report about its historic qualities, but a report commissioned by the property owner contests the societys findings.
The building at 3901 San Fernando Rd. in Glendale houses… (Raul Roa / Staff…)

The Glendale Historical Society has bolstered its efforts to prevent the demolition of a commercial building on San Fernando Road with a report about its historic qualities, but a report commissioned by the property owner contests the society’s findings.

The society previously raised concerns about the demolition of the building at 3901 San Fernando Road, which would be torn down to make room for a new five-story apartment project called The Link. The project is currently undergoing the environmental review process with the city.

The historical society’s report, prepared recently by Pasadena-based historic preservation consulting firm Historic Resources Group, emphasizes the connection of the building, its location and the history of the area.

Greg Grammer, the society’s president, said the report had been submitted to the city. He said he hoped it would help with efforts to save the building.

“We look forward to sitting down with [the developer] to discuss project alternatives that do not result in the demolition of this historic building, but instead rehabilitate and incorporate this historic building,” he said.

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The report cites the building’s connection with its builder in 1930, Lloyd H. Wilson, who was credited with bringing many industrial businesses to Glendale in the 1920s and who maintained his real estate offices in the building until 1938.

Wilson purchased the property where the building stands in the early 1920s from John A. Logan, one of the original civic leaders of the Tropico community that was later annexed by Glendale.

The report also cites the building as a “good and relatively rare extant example of Mediterranean Revival architecture applied to commercial building in Glendale.”

The report lists the building’s textured stucco veneer, distinctive arches and decorative brickwork as notable historic features.

Based on these qualities and the building’s connection to Glendale history, including that of the founding of Tropico — the report states that it could be included in the California Register of Historic Resources and Glendale’s own Register of Historic Resources, but falls short of requirements for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

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