I remember when I first came to Los Angeles many years ago, going to the Friars Club in Beverly Hills and seeing the likes of Milton Berle, Suzanne Pleshette, and numerous other personalities wandering around.
The buffet at the Friars Club was amazing. More food than you could ever think of eating. It was old Hollywood personified.
This piece of Beverly Hills real estate is no more. The Friars Club Beverly Hills, a branch of the famed New York establishment of the same name opened in 1947. In 2007, after losing a lawsuit to its New York namesake, it changed its name to Club 9900 and closed shortly after.
The Friars Club has lost another battle waged by the Los Angeles Conservancy Group to include its 1960’s modernist design in the California Register of Historical Resources. The architect, Sidney Eisenshtat, was a prominent Los Angeles figure known for his oversized interiors and exteriors of brick, thin slab or concrete.
Unlike Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, has no preservation ordinance, but there is a move next year to possibly implement the Mills Act, which offers tax credits to Los Angeles homeowners who preserve historic structures.
Had there been plans to rebuild after the demolition, the City of Beverly Hills might have had some review power. But, as of now, there are no plans in the works.
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