The Herman Kerckhoff Residence (1325 W. Adams Blvd.) is "an architectural treasure and cultural landmark," according to the West Adams Heritage Association. The 114-year-old home "exhibits character-defining features of Shingle-style" architecture, was the home of a prominent Los Angeles family in the early 20th century and was designed by a significant architectural firm, according to the staff report prepared by the Office of Historic Resources.
WAHA credits councilman Bernard Parks and his staff for fast-tracking the motion through the City Council so that the CHC can vote today on whether to designate the home a HCM. The WAHA expressed concern in its own report that the home's interior built-ins and fixtures could be sold off without this designation.
"While the freestanding contents of the house can be sold without objection, the fixtures and built-ins that are intrinsic to the historic character of the house, if stripped and sold, would cause serious and irreparable damage," the WAHA said in its report on the house.
The CHC votes today on the motion at its regular meeting, which is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. at City Hall (Room 1010). The CHC has already designated 11 other sites on West Adams Boulevard as Historic-Cultural
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