hollywood redevelopment project area survey
Hollywood, los angeles, California

Chattel was hired as a prime consultant to prepare historic context statements and intensive-level assessment surveys for the City of Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency. Chattel took responsibility for the Hollywood Redevelopment Project Area, while Westlake and Wilshire/Koreatown were taken by two other consultants on the project, LSA Associates and PCR Services Corporation respectively. To ensure consistency, we worked closely with these firms to discuss progress, difficulties, and solutions in weekly conference calls as well as peer reviewing each other’s work. Chattel also worked with City of Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources staff to dovetail our findings into their (ongoing at the time) citywide SurveyLA project.

Chattel defined contexts and themes using the National Register of Historic Places multiple property submission approach and an outline of SurveyLA city-wide historic context statements to form a hypothesis of property types that were believed to be found in field survey. Chattel started by conducting a preliminary reconnaissance-level survey, reviewing existing surveys and Historic Resource Assessments (and noting gaps), interviewing knowledgeable persons, and performing original research via primary sources including photographic archives. Next, Chattel performed systematic field surveys of all properties above 45 years old and younger ones of exceptional significance. Findings and new photographs were then cataloged, and properties which appeared to meet federal, state, or local eligibility criteria were given additional research and integrated into an undated historic context statement for the Hollywood Redevelopment Project Area.