The good folks at Esotouric have been keeping their fans up to date with the posthumous saga of L.A.’s most beloved dirty old man, Charles Bukowski. The bungalow where he used to live and write, at 5124 De Longpre in East Hollywood, was recently vacated. It was immediately advertised as a $1.3MM “vacant lot” on Craigslist. But not willing to let this go without a fight, the Bukowski Preservationists have taken up the cause, campaigning to have the bungalow saved as a historical/cultural site.
And late last week, they achieved the first round of success at City Hall. Thanks to Lauren Everett’s application and speaking, the Cultural Heritage Commission at City Hall agreed to consider making the buildings at 5124 De Longpre Avenue a historic-cultural monument. That means that no demolition can take place for the time being.
What to do with an old bungalow in Hollywood? The Bukowski preservation faction suggest that it become a blue-collar writers’ colony, where people like Bukowski, who have been working at blue collar jobs to pay the rent, can stay at low or no cost while they work on their writing. It will also be a place to display art of all kinds – readings, screenings, exhibitions. The details are the 5124 De Longpre Initiative Site.