A case of preservation gone too far?

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Frank Gehry's 8150 Sunset Boulevard project, at the border of Los Angeles and West Hollywood, hasn't yet started construction. The proposed mix of dwellings, offices and stores, developed by Townscape Partners, won LA City Council's approval after reducing its scale.

Chase Bank / Lytton Savings
Photo by Frances Anderton

Then the Lytton Savings Bank, located on the site and designed in 1960 by Kurt Meyer, was designated a historic-cultural monument, and a Superior Court Judge has now ruled in favor of LA Conservancy to stop the demolition of the building. The Conservancy argues that Gehry can fit the building into his scheme. Gehry says it's not so easy, and that the story of LA is one of constant renewal. Is this a case of preservation going too far? Or could the architect and developer successfully juxtapose old and new?