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Hollywood Heritage Needs Your Help…

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

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P.O. Box 2586. Hollywood, CA 90078 / (323) 874-4005

www.hollywoodheritage.org – FAX: (323) 465-5993

 

 

Urgent memo to: Members, supporters and friends of Hollywood Heritiage, Inc.:

 

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SAVE THE WATTLES MANSION

 

By now you are all aware of the attempt by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks to evict Hollywood Heritage, Inc. from The Wattles Mansion and Gardens (1907). Now that so much of the “hard work” has been done to restore and save the house and grounds, they want it back. However, their plans for the property appear vague and they refuse to share them with us or anyone else. What will become of this restored and historic gem?

 

Since 1983, we have restored, maintained and funded this Cultural Monument at our cost, amounting to over $2,500,000. We have more to do and want to continue our restoration. The actions by the Department have disgraced Hollywood Heritage, Inc. and gravely tarnished our image and reputation for no reason.

 

We urgently need your help now.

 

Please send a letter (via the US mail) in support of Hollywood Heritage, Inc. to Mayor Villaraigosa at the mailing addresses supplied. He needs to know about our hard work and the potential huge maintenance costs the City will take on if Hollywood Heritage leaves – this, at a time when there is little or no money in the city budget. If this Hollywood treasure is not properly maintained, all of our hard work could be lost! The Mayor has the power to overrule this eviction and has done so in the past for a very similar situation.

 

We need as many letters of support as possible. Please encourage your friends and family members to write letters too. We CAN prevail with YOUR help.

 

Please write NOW, and mail copies as supplied or email a copy to:

 

I sincerely thank you for your time and your continued support.

 

Stephen X. Sylvester

Executive Director

The Wattles Mansion and Gardens

 

PS: For complete information on this entire issue, please visit our website @ www.hollywoodheritage.org or call 323/874-4005.

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I encourage everyone reading this to write to Mayor Villaraigosa and the city council to ask them to stop the eviction proceedings of Hollywood Heritage from Wattles Mansion. If you love Hollywood – whether you live in Los Angeles, the state of California, or anywhere in the United States and the world, the Mayor needs to hear from you so that the preservation of Wattles Mansion and other endangered buildings in Hollywood can continue. For a brief biography of Gurdon W. Wattles and the history of Wattles Mansion, you can read Part One of my article that appeared in the May 2006 issue of the Hollywood Heritage NewsletterGurdon Wallace Wattles. Also, please leave your comments on this blog. Thank you.

— Allan R. Ellenberger

 

Please send your letter of suport to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and send copies to the following people and addresses:

 

MAYOR ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA

Los Angeles City Hall

200 N. Spring Street, Room 303

Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 978-0600

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CC:

COUNCILMAN TOM LABONGE

Los Angeles City Hall

200 N. Spring Street, Room 480

Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 485-3337

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CC:

COUNCILMAN ERIC GARCETTI

Los Angeles City Hall

200 N. Spring Street, Room 470

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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CC:

MR. JON KIRK MUKRI

Department Recreation and Parks

1200 W. 7th Street, Suite 748

Los Angeles, CA 90017

 

And please send a copy to Hollywood Heritage:

STEPHEN X. SYLVESTER

The Wattles Mansion

1824 N. Curson Avenue

Hollywood, CA 90046

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CONTACT ME: Hollywoodland23@aol.com

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Hollywood Heritage Receives Eviction Notice…

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

L.A. orders Hollywood preservation group out of mansion

 

 

City says Hollywood Heritage ignored rules and rented out the Wattles Mansion for disruptive parties. The organization denies the events are a nuisance and says the eviction notice was a shock.

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By Bob Pool
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

 

NOTE: The following is from an Los Angeles Times article from September 20, 2008. A response from Hollywood Heritage follows on this blog and you can also check it out at their website, http://www.hollywoodheritage.org/

 

Hollywood’s leading preservation group has been ordered out of the community’s most prominent historic estate for allegedly ignoring city rules and renting out the mansion for disruptive parties.

 

Hollywood Heritage has supervised the famed Wattles Mansion for 25 years under an exclusive agreement with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. The city purchased the mansion for about $2 million in 1968.   (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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