January 28, 2022 The Best Source of News, Culture, Lifestyle for Culver City, Mar Vista, Del Rey, Palms and West Los Angeles

Culver City’s Wende Museum Looking to Expand to Include Housing for Homeless Artists

Community center, garden and more also planned

By Sam Catanzaro

Culver City’s Wende Museum is proposing a major expansion that would include affordable housing for homeless artists, a community center, garden space and more. 

The proposed redevelopment would take place in two phases, calling for the construction of a three-story community center, affordable housing units and reconfigured community garden, with related site improvements. 

The first phase proposes the addition of a 7,000-square-foot community center, a garden, and space for events and performances. As part of this initial plan, one existing structure, a 2,200-square-foot building, would be razed, while a current A-frame would remain to be combined with the new development. As part of this phase, which is expected to take nine months, the existing garden would be expanded to connect with the community center. 

The second phase, a Culver City-led endeavor, calls for the replacement of an existing community garden to build six units – around 325 square feet each – for low-income, homeless artist residents. This phase does not have a defined timeline but is expected to be completed within four years. 

If all goes according to plan, which has not yet been finalized, the project would start in January 2022 with the first phase finishing in October 2022. 

AUX Architecture is designing the community center and the housing components of the project. 

The Wende Museum of the Cold War, located at 10808 Culver Blvd in Culver City, was founded in 2002 by Justinian Jampol, a native of Los Angeles and scholar of modern European history, to “address the wholesale neglect and rampant destruction of Cold War material culture in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union that followed the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.” Wende is a German word meaning “turning point” or “change” that has come to describe the transformative period around the fall of the Berlin Wall. 

“The Wende Museum holds an unparalleled collection of art and artifacts from the Cold War era, which serves as a foundation for programs that illuminate political and cultural changes of the past, offer opportunities to make sense of a  changing present, and inspire active participation in personal and social change for a better future,” reads the museum’s website

In 2017, the museum opened a new home in a Cold War artifact, the 1940s Culver City armory.

Related Posts

Six Story Mixed-Use Apartment Building Approved in Palms

January 21, 2022

January 21, 2022

Project to replace building that went up in flames on Venice Boulevard By Dolores Quintana After five years (and a...

Westside Home Prices Rising?

January 21, 2022

January 21, 2022

Redfin report shows 11.1 percent increase in median home prices By Dolores Quintana Are Westside home prices rising?  On the...

Opinion: Housing Battle Heats up in Signature Season

January 21, 2022

January 21, 2022

By Tom Elias, Columnist Even before a proposed homeowner-inspired measure aiming to restore full zoning powers to local governments hit...

NYC-Based Developer Finalizes Acquisition of Westside Residential Development Site

January 14, 2022

January 14, 2022

Tishman Speyer to begin construction in late 2022 on its first LA-area residential project By Sam Catanzaro An NYC-based developer...

23 Park Projects To Receive $113 Million in State Grant Funding

January 7, 2022

January 7, 2022

State and County funds to create new parks and improve existing ones By Dolores Quintana $548 million in new grants...

Opinion: Attorney General Spurs on Big 2022 Housing Battle

January 7, 2022

January 7, 2022

By Tom Elias, Columnist There will be plenty of political battles next year, starting with likely reelection challenges to Gov....

Baldwin Hills Development Set to Bring 401 Apartments and Retail to Neighborhood

January 7, 2022

January 7, 2022

Crenshaw Crossing development approved by LA City Planning Commission A development is set to bring 401 units of housing and...

County Office Space to be Replaced by 101 Low-Income Apartments

December 18, 2021

December 18, 2021

Fairview Heights Apartments coming to Redondo Avenue By Dolores Quintana 101 low-income apartments will take the place of LA County...

Stagnant Rent Growth Forecasted for Westside Cities and Neighborhoods

December 17, 2021

December 17, 2021

Lusk Center for Real Estate at USC releases annual study By Dolores Quintana The Lusk Center for Real Estate at...

West LA Development Would Bring 455 Units to Expo Bundy Area

December 17, 2021

December 17, 2021

Carmel Partners proposes large residential development By Dolores Quintana The Los Angeles Department of City Planning has received a proposal...

Pico-Robertson Hotel Proposal Rejected

December 10, 2021

December 10, 2021

131 hotel rooms planned turned down on Robertson Boulevard A proposed hotel development in Pico-Robertson was unexpectedly turned down by...

City Seek Developers for Neglected Marlton Square Site in Baldwin Hills

December 10, 2021

December 10, 2021

Jan 24 deadline for RFP proposals By Dolores Quintana The City of Los Angeles has issued an RFP or request...

Infrastructure Act Passage to Provide Billions for LA Public Projects

December 10, 2021

December 10, 2021

Sepulveda Transit Corridor, LAX modernization, and more to benefit from federal funds By Dolores Quintana Now that the Infrastructure Investment...

Ballona Creek Apartments Near Completion

December 4, 2021

December 4, 2021

Del Rey development to include 15 apartments By Dolores Quintana A development including 15 apartments is nearing completion near Ballona...

Six-Story Palms Development Given Green Light

December 3, 2021

December 3, 2021

Geneva@Hughes North would bring 43 apartments to Palms  By Dolores Quintana A new apartment development called Geneva@Hughes North has been...