In 1958, a small group of volunteers, as members of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Historic Building Committee, became alarmed by the destruction of historic landmarks created by the explosion of growth in post-World War II Los Angeles. The AIA Committee and the City’s Municipal Art Commission began working on an ordinance that would create a citizens board to survey, identify and protect historic sites throughout the city.
This early work culminated in the passage of the City’s Cultural Heritage Ordinance in 1962. Los Angeles’ ordinance was one of the earliest pieces of historic preservation legislation in a major urban center, predating by three years the 1965 passage of New York City’s renowned Landmarks Preservation Law. The Cultural Heritage Ordinance also created a five-member Cultural Heritage Board (now Cultural Heritage Commission), giving them the responsibility to designate as Historic-Cultural Monuments any building, structure, or site important to the development and preservation of the history of Los Angeles, the state, and the nation.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of the City’s Cultural Heritage Ordinance in 2012, Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa is spearheading an exhibition and reception with the support of Project Restore.
April 4th through May 4th, 2012, the exhibition will be held at the City’s most recognizable landmark – Los Angeles City Hall. Join us for an elegant reception to kick off the celebration Thursday, April 5th at 5:30pm. Please find reception invitation attached to this email.
Together with your patronage and continued support, we will continue to build on our success --see attached sponsorship reservation form for your convenience.
Should you have any questions, or need additional information, please feel free to call 213.978.1008. Thank you in advance and we look forward to seeing you in April!