Owner Seeks ‘Reasonable Development’ for Historic Norms Building


The owner of the landmark Norms restaurant on La Cienega Boulevard, which was declared a cultural landmark this week by the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission, said it will work with the city to try to preserve the building while moving forward with “some reasonable development project.”

The city earlier this year issued a demolition permit for the Googie-style building, built in 1956, prompting a push from the Los Angeles Conservancy to save the site.

DJ Moore, a partner at downtown Los Angeles law firm Latham & Watkins who represents the property owner, JDM Holdings, said the owner has “no current plans to demolish the building” and did not oppose the heritage commission’s decision.

“The ownership hopes that some reasonable development project can be worked out to allow the building to be preserved and fair use of the property to be permitted,” Moore said. “We are looking forward to having discussions with the city and stakeholders to try and achieve a win-win result once potential options have been developed.”

The heritage commission voted unanimously Thursday to designate the Norms building a cultural monument. The designation still has to be approved by the City Council.

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