Help Save Pickfair Studios
Okay, so this old wooden studio is not a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. In fact, it isn’t even in the city of Los Angeles (mostly). But the former Pickfair Studios, The Lot, at 1041 North Formosa Avenue, just south of Santa Monica Boulevard, is terribly historic, one of the strongest sites in defining what Hollywood has meant to the world for the past century (almost, anyway, or at least since 1919, when this studio was constructed).
But now it’s going to be destroyed to accommodate a bunch of glass-and-steel structures, some reaching six stories. Buildings, distinctive neither historically or culturally, you’d see anywhere.
I don’t want my home to be the same as everyone else’s home. I want my home to be special.
The CIM Group, which defines itself as “a transformational real estate and infrastructure investment firm,” a definition that’d make Noah Webster jump out a friggen window, is planning on starting the studio’s leveling within days. (Really, no offense, but who the hell reads that company profile and goes, “Man, that’s what I need to do with my life!”)
Now, like lots of you, I’m a cynical schmo who more often than not believes City Hall cannot be fought (in fact, in this case, the City of West Hollywood has already issued its support of CIM; that was in May 2007). However, I figured maybe at the very least you should know about the situation before you realize it’s too late to make even a token gesture of support (like I did!). While we may not be able to do anything about saving Pickfair Studios (let’s face it, we didn’t do such a great job at saving Pickfair), there’s got to be a tipping point. Maybe this will serve as another chip at our souls, someday shoving us out of our complacency. Perhaps the next time a piece of our heritage is threatened we won’t mutter, “Those bastards,” and go back to watching Pawn Stars. Or maybe we will. You never know what’s going to set off the Old Man. Hahaha.
Read about the development’s background at the Los Angeles Conservancy.
See what’s going on at Save the Pickfair Studios!
A West Hollywood Historic Preservation Commission Special Meeting will be held Tuesday, March 27. Short notice, but let’s move it.
Join the Save the Pickfair Facebook page.
Sign a Save Pickfair Studios petition. (Really, short of doing nothing, it’s the least you can do.)
Thanks, everybody. And, photographers, let’s take as many pictures of the place as possible while we still can.