LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The city’s Cultural Heritage Commission Thursday unanimously agreed to nominate the famous Norms restaurant on La Cienega Boulevard to be considered as a historical monument.Caught On Camera: Hancock Park Woman Robbed After Returning Home With Baby
The ruling Thursday prevents the new owners from tearing down the restaurant for 75 days.
The commission came to their decision after hearing from architects, writers, historians and long-time residents who also praised Norms as a significant building for the city.
Built in 1956, Norms La Cienega is considered a classic architectural example of the California coffee shop and an icon of the post-World War II Googie movement of the 1950s and 60s.
“This was an example of modern architecture in modern times that the average person could enjoy,” said one speaker.READ MORE: Sheriff's Homicide Unit Investigating Fatal Shooting In Whittier
“We’re now literally down to handful and this is one of the best remaining buildings,” another man told the commission.
The 24-hour restaurant chain dates back even further to 1949, when owner Norman Royback opened the first location at Sunset and Vine, according to the Conservancy. After remaining in the family for three generations, the Norms chain was finally sold late last year.
The protection will last until an official historical designation vote is taken by the City Council.
The new owners of the building said while they have obtained a demolition permit, they have no immediate plans to tear down the restaurant.MORE NEWS: In-N-Out Burger Appears Defiant As Enforcement Of LA's Proof Of Vaccination Requirement For Indoor Dining Begins