Santa Monica Church of Christian Science demolished

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Santa Monica Church of Christian Science demolished

Postby nichols » Wed Jan 11, 2006 1:16 pm

December 2004

Review of Demolition Permits and Consideration Whether to File an Application For Designation of a Structure as a Landmark or Structure of Merit.

1.            505 Arizona Avenue (PC016866)

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                        Assembly Hall, Foyer, Sunday School, Church Offices & Auxillary Rooms


                        Structure Not Identified in the Historic Resources Inventory


The following member of the public addressed the Commission:  Ken Kutcher, Attorney representing the First Church of Christ Scientist.


Chair Pro Tem Fresco felt that this is a fine building and stated that this same architect built the Graduate School of Business Administration at UCLA.  She would like to see more research of the building.

Mr. Kutcher stated that state law grants religious institutions the right to exempt themselves from historic preservation, which includes preservation laws of chartered cities.  This right was confirmed by the Supreme Court in the year 2000.    Pursuant to the government code section that grants these religious institutions the right to exempt themselves, which is section 37361 Su vision A, the church has decided to object to any designation of its sanctuary, church offices, sunday school and other religious facilities at this location.  


Commissioner Lehrer asked if the church would consider putting the property up for sale prior to demolition to see whether or not there is someone who would purchase it.  This could accomplish their goals of providing for their needs as a religious organization in a way that didn’t involve the demolition. 

Mr. Kutcher stated that the church has been dealing with this issue for 2 years. They have been at this location since 1927, and would like to remain there. 


Chairperson Genser stated that the building is significant architecturally, and would like to receive an analysis from PCR for the record. 

Commissioner Berley stated that what the church erected in 1963, in his opinion, is an exceptional piece of modern architecture, and especially spiritual.  It’s a beautiful building. 

Commissioner Maduzia concurred with previous statements.  He also stated that the Commission’s job is to look at architecture in the context of preservation and its importance to the City.


Chairperson Genser made a motion to bring this item back next month with more information regarding the legal issues raised by Mr. Kutcher and the architectural significance of the building.  Commissioner Berley seconded the motion, which passed unanimously by voice vote.

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Postby Lynxwiler » Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:43 pm

But this is from Dec of 2004. What's happened since then? Is it still standing or for sale?

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Postby nichols » Thu Jan 12, 2006 11:23 am

It was demolished.

A historic report was commissioned by the city. The consultants found it significant. The city backed down because of California Government Code §§ 25373 and 37361.

I understand the church is building a small replacement sanctuary in one corner of the property while selling off a large portion of the land for a housing development.

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Postby greenbot » Thu Jan 12, 2006 10:43 pm

What a cryin shame, really great lines.

http://maps.a9.com/?ypLoc=505%20Arizona ... CA%2090402 :evil: :evil: :evil:

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Postby moderns-r-us » Fri Jan 13, 2006 11:10 am

Are there any photos?


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