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Red Roost and Red Rest Bungalows
La Jolla Cove

These 1894 redwood beach cottages are the last of a cluster of simple vacation cottages and an artists' colony built on a hillside overlooking La Jolla Cove. Their sad fate of severe and illegal neglect has been the focus of SOHO's longest running preservation battle, stretching into more than a quarter century. They are part of a row of properties, including La Jolla Cove Suites, which was recently bought by the Denver-based Apartment Investment and Management Company. Aside from its name, there's a red flag with AIMCO. They demolished five units in a historic, mid-century Venice apartment complex called Lincoln Place Apartments before preservationists could get a hearing for a pending stay of the demolition permit. Then, they turned around and worked with Los Angeles Conservancy to rehabilitate the remaining complex, which by then had been added to the National Register. Asked about their plans for Red Roost and Red Rest, a company official said design concepts will go through all required public review and "will take into account the historic sensitivities of the site." They need to know: Two 122-year-old cottages are not "historic sensitivities." They are national treasures—rare examples of the architecture that led to the California bungalow—and they must be restored or adapted for a new use.

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Red Roost and Red Rest, c. 1975

Photos by Sandé Lollis



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