The Tower Records store on Sunset Strip in Southern California is under the threat of the wrecking ball. While records seem novel when everyone downloads their music directly to their smartphone these days, this iconic Tower Records Store continues to have many fans and is remembered as one of the most famous record stores in the world.
Recently an online petition was launched this week seeking 4,005 signatures to help save this building. Last spring the local Historic Preservation Commission held two meetings where they agreed there was a significant social, cultural and music history. But then they got hung up on the aesthetics of red and yellow paint and additional advertising/marketing signage. The commissioners did recommend a plaque or perhaps a music square as recognition. Unfortunately they disagreed about full preservation of the location and structure.
The organizers of this effort to save Tower Records believe the majority of music fans and experts want full preservation of the location and structure. The original store opened in November 1970 and during the following decades had a steady stream of celebrities and events which solidified its fame in the music industry.
Jerome Cleary the local activist championing the effort has launched a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe to help raise $5000. The organizers are filing an appeal to the City of West Hollywood’s City Council to consider preserving this iconic structure and location. They intend on hiring experts to do a presentation in support of saving the structure. Reportedly residents and fans still feel that commissioners last spring missed an important opportunity to preserve the location and site. But now there is a second chance as the Tower Records Store is up for reconsideration of an appeal to the city council.
The appeal will be heard on Monday, November 4th at 6:30pm
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