With the release of the final environmental impact report (FEIR) for the proposed project, the review process is now moving forward. This begins with a series of public hearings before various City commissions (dates TBD). Members of the public are invited to attend to listen, ask questions or provide comments.
To see why Wyvernwood is so well loved and why people are working so hard to save their community, the Conservancy is pleased to premiere a new Wyvernwood video! The piece captures the qualities that make Wyvernwood special and irreplaceable, things that cannot be replicated or simply transported to the proposed development. Watch the film and help us by sharing it with your friends!
We Are Wyvernwood (7:30)
The owner of Wyvernwood, Fifteen Group Land and Development LLC, proposes to replace the entire complex with a $2 billion new mixed-use development. The Conservancy and many others oppose this plan, which would destroy an important part of Los Angeles history and a thriving community.
City Councilmember José Huizar announces his opposition to Wyvernwood's demolition, March 2011. Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy.
Wyvernwood residents have strongly opposed the demolition of their home. Long-term tenants attest to the close-knit community and family ties spanning generations, fostered by the complex’s innovative design.
"Wyvernwood is a community within a community with its own significant and rich history,” he wrote in a statement distributed at the press conference. “I cannot support a project that would tear down this proud community one building at a time and replace it with a denser, lesser version of itself."
Please use the links at the top of this page or below to learn more about the issue and how you can help.
Ambassador Hotel (site of) 3400 Wilshire Blvd., Wilshire Center
Designed by Myron Hunt with later alterations by Paul R. Williams, the Ambassador Hotel was one of Los Angeles' defining historic sites and a main catalyst for the development of Wilshire Boulevard. Built on a former dairy farm miles from downtown, the 24-acre resort hotel was a hit from its opening on New Year's Day 1921. It quickly became a tourist attraction, a fashionable winter residence for East Coast society, and a prominent social center. The Ambassador was home to the Cocoanut Grove nightclub, L.A.'s premier night spot for decades; host to six Academy Award ceremonies and to every U.S. President from Herbert Hoover to Richard Nixon; and the site of the tragic assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. The hotel closed in 1989. After a fierce preservation battle spanning two decades, the building was demolished by the Los Angeles Unified School District in 2006.
Image from the postcard collection of Annie Laskey