In today's L.A. Times, there's an article about the historic, architectural significance of Dutton's Bookstore on San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood. Dutton's moved into this 1950 building in 1984. It's a mid-century modern, courtyard group of offices, designed by Milton H. Caughey. Dutton's has taken over almost all of the lower level. They are one of the few remaining independent bookstores in Los Angeles. Their other branches in North Hollywood and Beverly Hills have closed. Dutton's holds book signings and readings in the courtyard. Many famous authors have read here. This alone, makes the location historic. There are offices on the second level. It's a charming space and so very California in it's design and feeling.
The developer that owns the property wants to tear down this lovely building and erect condos and shops, with a space for Dutton's in the new design. I had heard of this imminent change through my connections with the L.A. Conservancy's Modern Committee. Larry and I visited Dutton's a few months ago on a windy, rainy day to take a look at the shop and snap some photos. It just wouldn't be Dutton's without the 50's, breezy feel of the original building. Sigh.
Dutton's Brentwood Bookstore
11975 San Vicente Boulevard, LA, CA 90049
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