Should This Silver Lake Church Be A Hotel?

A Silver Lake Neighborhood Council committee considers that question Wednesday night.


The former Pilgrim Church has long sat idly at the corner of Griffith Park Boulevard and Lucille Avenue awaiting its fate.

Sometimes it's used for photo shoots, like the visit last summer by the Californication crew.

But mainly, it just sits--just a few doors up from the Polka Dot Plaza in one direction, just a few doors down to Dangerbird Records in the other.

Current owner Dana Hollister said in 2011 she wanted to turn the Pilgrim into a boutique hotel.

And now, with the economy booming, she's doing something about it.

The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council's Urban Design & Preservation Advisory Committee will hear about her proposal to remake the site Wednesday.

According to the Eastsider, Hollister's already asked the city for the variance she needs to create a 26-room hotel, with a restaurant and bar.

But she would be helped by a show of support from the SLNC.

Hollister lives not far from the Pilgrim site, in the Paramour mansion on Maltman. Hollister had also hoped to make that a hotel at one point.

Hollister owns a number of other properties, including Silver Lake's Cliff's Edge Restaurant and the 4100 Bar. Both are within walking distance of the Pilgrim Church at 1629 Griffith Park Boulevard.

Nearby residents worry about the proliferation of venues serving alcohol and have complained to the neighborhood council.

They also point to parking issues, which the council board voted to investigate last month.

Silver Lake and Echo Park have several bed and breakfast hotels, but nothing on the scale of what is proposed at the Pilgrim.

Wednesday's meeting takes place at the Citibank at 2450 Glendale Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90039 at 6:30 p.m.

Douglas Krisher February 13, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Hotel? NO! How about low income housing workimg with section 8? And where would these hotel guests park? Parking is already a Silver Lake debacle. Low income housing, yes. Hotel, no.
Barry Barry February 13, 2013 at 04:48 PM
I agree, Douglas. Silverlake is a 'neighborhood' and there really isn't any need for a Hotel. but we're talking furhter gentrification here...low income housing goes against the yuppie take over and hurt property values. I'd support artist housing...the new 'generation' of unimaginative tenants in silverlake make me want for another time when silverlake was ripe with artists and creative minds back when Artists could actually afford to live here...I think is a joke there is an Urban Design & Preservation Advisory in support of destroying a Church that has been standing on that corner for more years than any of the residence in Silverlake have been alive. What they should do is rehab the Church.
Diana February 13, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Barry, yes Silverlake is a 'neighborhood', of course, no we may not need a hotel. When you say "low income housing goes against the yuppie take over. . . .", what are you talking about. I don't know how long you have lived in Silverlake but I am a veteran resident. This community has always been ripe for artist and creative minds, if you are an artist you should be well aware that 'artist' struggle their entire creative life! Section 8 housing would be good for artists who are struggling, which would mean Silverlake would, again, be an asset to artists.
David February 13, 2013 at 05:26 PM
If I'm not mistaken the last congregation in that church "reached out" to the community with anti-gay demonstrations on Sunset. So the idea of converting a vacant probably tax-exempt property to a for profit tax paying business appeals to me. And hotels, B&B's, etc. have been an essential part of communities since before the time there was "no room at the Inn" for Joseph and Mary.
Barry Barry February 13, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Diana. Having a sec 8 building in the neighborhood hurts the bottom line of recent home buyers who look at their investments first, so, obviously the hotel is the likely reality for that corner since it'll increase property values...that's what I'm talking about. i've been in sl since 1985. I am an artist and have been fortunate to live in my home for nearly 30 years...most of my colleagues and artists cohorts have all been forced to move away due to the unreasonable rent hikes that occured during the late-1990's and beyond.
Craig February 13, 2013 at 06:50 PM
I think that church is an important and pleasing landmark and should be maintained as such. I am not opposed to a hotel if it works within the confines of the original structure. Removing it to use the land would be an abomination.
Herman T. Trousers February 13, 2013 at 07:02 PM
What's up with the dilapidated motel in Silver Lake on Sunset Blvd? Could that not be developed into a cool new motel? or....anything other than it is now? It's been shut down for 10 + years.
Dwain Wilson February 13, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Who says we don't need a hotel? When we have out-of-town overflow I'd sure like an option other than the Comfort Inn or (heaven forbid) the Olive. Hollister's previous endeavors have all been tasteful, stylish and (dare I say) an overall benefit for residents. This idea has been on her drawing board for a while and I'd bet it would follow in her established tradition: a combination of stylish taste and good business sense. I'm all for it.
Bobby Diamond February 14, 2013 at 01:55 AM
If not too much I'll move in aim in the park la Brea area. Thanks. Bob.
Jim February 14, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Nice work Dana! I appreciate you taking on such a difficult project and I look forward to seeing what your hard work and vision will produce. Thank you!!
brittanykalaj February 14, 2013 at 07:07 PM
I'd like to see more of a hostel (with private room options) and less of a hotel. I have a feeling this hotel will be priced like her other endeavors. While they are tasteful, beautiful, etc, they are well out of my price range. I live a block away.
Joanne Thomas February 14, 2013 at 07:12 PM
I grew up attending that church every Sunday from 1938 thru the 1950"s but now, it is time to make better use of the structure. I also hope the new owner will keep the general outer structure in tact with minor modifications. I am sure that a hotel andlounge could be quite an assett to our community. Joanne Thomas
doreet February 14, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Joanne- I would LOVE to here more about the Silver Lake community you grew up in! If you still live in or near Silver Lake, maybe you could come to the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council History committee (www.silverlakenc.org).
Anthea Raymond (Editor) February 14, 2013 at 07:33 PM
@Joanne-Yes. We would love to do a feature or maybe have you BLOG about your memories. Please reach out to me backchannel about that. AR
Joanne Thomas February 14, 2013 at 08:01 PM
I would ltove to share my memories of Silver Lake etc. I'll check out the link above. Joanne Thomas
Betsy February 16, 2013 at 01:24 AM
Interesting to think there could be a better use for a building than a church. All you history gatherers, consider sharing your wealth with Michael Locke, who is putting together a book on Silver Lake history. — Betsy, SilverLakeStar.com
Mathew Jordan January 23, 2014 at 01:00 AM
I am a Hospice Chaplain and I have been calling the attention of Ms Dana Hollister. I am willing to revive the church and use it for religious purposes, and Bereavement services.


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