Friday, March 17, 2006

Great News from SLNC Governing Board Member Elizabeth Bougart-Sharkov

Elizabeth Bougart-Sharkov works incredibly hard for Silver Lake and surrounding Communities. Under her leadership, the work and accomplishments of the Urban Design and Preservation Committee are many and their reach is vast. I'm proud to serve on the SLNC Governing Board with Elizabeth. One of the most recent accomplishments of this amazing committee is detailed in a letter from Elizabeth to the Community - Here it is to share with you:

Dear Neighbors, Colleages on the SLNC Board and beloved UD&P committee members,

It has been a fantastic day for our community today!

The Schindler’s house on 944 Matlman was designated a Historic and Cultural Monument
by the Cultural Heritage Commission.

Something I would like to let you know – it has been a close to two years battle –
first to avoid a proposed inappropriate development and later, during the course of
research and digging through history and left intact documents, we made this
tremendous discovery that this structure has been designed by young Rudolph A.
Schindler and built according to his plans. It is a stepping stone in terms of
using cast concrete as a structural and architectural element in the architectural
practice history, something which has became an universal trend all over the Globe
later on.

Now, I need to tell you that this historic victory would not be our celebration and
joy today without the personal involvement of our Councilmember and recently Council
President Eric Garcetti! Eric's support was crucial and he even took the time away
from his hectic schedule today to appear and testify in person before the CHC in
support of this designation!

THANK YOU ERIC! We appreciate it tremendously!

Another community battle ended victorious today – The “Brown Derby” on Los Feliz Blvd. and Hillhurst received a Cultural Monument status as well. It will be protected for the generations to come.

WHAT A DAY – it leaves all of us proud and makes the struggle insignificant – most
of all, it feels right! I wanted to share the joy with you all.

All the best,

Elizabeth Bougart-Sharkov
SLNC Governing Board Member,
Representative At-Large
Chair Urban Design & Preservation
Advisory Committee
2898 Rowena Ave. Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90039


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