Heritage Square Museum has been approved as a Historic Cultural Monument for the City of Los Angeles. The City Council approved 12 to 0 and passed the nomination of the museum on Friday, December 16. As an important cultural resource for the community, the designation as a Historic Cultural Landmark will protect the museum and secure the integrity of the site that will ensure the museum’s ability to protect its architectural and historical accuracy.
“This is a momentous occasion in the history of the museum and to have it approved during the holiday season is a great gift for all lovers of the Heritage Square Museum,” said Jessica Maria Alicea-Covarrubias, executive director of the Heritage Square Museum. “Many thanks to the Los Angeles City Council for recognizing the museum’s cultural significance to the city of Los Angeles, and to our former board member Mitzi March Mogul who was instrumental throughout the nominating process.”
“Heritage Square Museum is an important historical jewel to the city of Los Angeles and to the residents of my district where the museum is located,” said Councilmember Ed P. Reyes. “With the museum now a historic cultural monument, the L.A. City Council has recognized how important the museum is to the city. I applaud the council and congratulate Heritage Square Museum on this wonderful achievement.”
The formal dedication, which should include new signage around the museum and surrounding areas, will take place sometime in 2012. The City of Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Ordinance, enacted in 1962, has made possible the designation of buildings and sites as individual local landmarks, called “Historic-Cultural Monuments” in Los Angeles. The City currently has over 1000 Historic-Cultural monuments, providing official recognition and protection for Los Angeles’ most significant and cherished historic resources.