Hollywood neighborhood activists were aghast last week to see a familiar fixture along Sunset Boulevard — the stained glass windows of a Gothic Revival church — abruptly disappear.
Local preservationists knew the 90-year-old building at Sunset and Alexandria Avenue was being converted into creative offices by a new owner. A push to enshrine the former Bethany Lutheran Church of Hollywood as a historic monument had been rejected months earlier.
But an area planning commission had insisted that the outside of the former church could not be altered unless the company requested approval from the Department of City Planning.
Despite those restrictions, the building department granted a permit to “change all window glazing” — and many of the arched window panes soon disappeared.
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