Iconic Tower Records Building Won’t Be Preserved As Historic Landmark

Once declared the “largest record store in the nation,” the iconic Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard will now just be a fond memory for music lovers in SoCal. It was decided Monday that the now-vacant building will not be preserved as a historic landmark.

Last spring, a unanimous vote by West Hollywood’s Historic Preservation Commission deemed the iconic music store didn’t meet the criteria for cultural preservation. According to CBS LA, city council voted unanimously to let the historic preservation commission’s decision stand, not allowing the building to be deemed a cultural resource.

WeHo resident Jerome Cleary attempted to save the building by appealing the Historic Preservation Commission’s vote and gathering 1,800 signatures from music lovers on an online petition, but city council made their final decision Monday to let the vote stand.

Tower Records opened in November 1970 and was located along the Sunset Strip at 625 North San Vicente Boulevard between Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard. During its glory days, dozens of legendary artists and local musicians often frequented the store in person and for promotional events and live in-store performances.

Do you have any memories of shopping at Tower Records? Share them in the comments below.

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