STATEMENT: City Council Denies Historic Status to the Hope Estate

Los Angeles, CA -- Today, the Los Angeles City Council voted against granting historic status to the Bob and Dolores Hope Estate, located in Toluca Lake at 10350 West Moorpark Street.

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February 28, 2017

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City Council Denies Historic Status to the Hope Estate

Los Angeles, CA -- Today, the Los Angeles City Council voted against granting historic status to the Bob and Dolores Hope Estate, located in Toluca Lake at 10350 West Moorpark Street.

“When you think about Toluca Lake, you think Bob Hope. By every objective measure, the Hope estate meets and exceeds the City’s criteria for historic designation,” said Councilmember David Ryu. “This property is a significant piece of Hollywood history that should be protected. While I am disappointed in today’s Council vote, I am determined to continue our work in preserving our City’s historic-cultural resources for future generations to enjoy.”

In September 2016, Councilmember Ryu introduced an emergency motion to give the City an opportunity to consider the Estate’s historic designation status. The legislation requested urgent Council action and instructed the City’s Planning Department to prepare the appropriate application for review by the Cultural Heritage Commission.

“Bob Hope lived in his Toluca Lake home for over 60 years which served as his primary residence throughout his storied 80-year career in Hollywood,” said Councilmember David Ryu. “The estate has been a part of the cultural and social fabric ofour City and Nation and serves as a reminder of Mr. Hope’s incredible legacy in the arts, entertainment, and philanthropy,” said Councilmember David Ryu.

Councilmember Ryu’s motion also instructed the Cultural Heritage Commission, upon reviewing the application, to submit its report and recommendations to Council regarding the inclusion of this building to the City’s list of Historic-Cultural Monuments.

The City’s Planning Department initially recommended the property be declared a Historic-Cultural Monument, stating that the home met a “high bar” for designating celebrity homes as landmarks. However, the Cultural Heritage Commission denied the designation based on the possible devaluation of the property.

Councilmember Ryu has since offered a compromise, recommending that only the exterior of the main house and two of the five acre parcel surrounding the Estate be deemed historic.

“City Council’s inaction today was unfortunate. This property is one of the few iconic star homes left in Los Angeles and serves as a place where Mr. Hope lived and carried out his dreams in Hollywood,” said Linda Dishman, President and CEO of The Los Angeles Conservancy. “It is important to continue to tell the story of Hollywood -- a place where dreams can become a reality.”

“The Estate has significant value and is an integral part of the Toluca Lake. I can’t drive by the house without thinking about its rich history and the Bob Hope’s legacy in the arts and philanthropy. Today’s loss will impact the historic nature and value of Toluca Lake, and it is also a great loss for Los Angeles and the entire country,” said Bob Wexler, President of the Toluca Lake Property Owners Association.

Today’s determination by the City Council to decline the historic landmark status to the Estate is final. The vote count was 8 in favor and 2 opposed. A total of 10 votes in favor were needed.

Read Councilmember Ryu’s motion, here.

Learn more about Bob Hope’s legacy, here.

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Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.


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