Producer Joel Silver Purchases Former Venice, Ca Post Office

Producer Joel Silver has purchased the former U.S. Post Office in Venice, CA.  The Windward Circle facility, built in 1939 as part of the Federal Works Progress Administration, will serve as the new home of Silver Pictures once significant restoration and renovation work have been completed. 

Producer Joel Silver

“As a longtime preservationist of architecture, I’m thrilled to move forward with the restoration and renovation of the former Venice Post Office,” said Silver.  “While we are still in the very early stages of the process, I am committed to the rehabilitation of the building and its unique WPA features and the restoration of the treasured Edward Biberman ‘Story of Venice’ mural.  I am also committed to being a good neighbor in the Venice community, whether through providing public access to the space or in developing programs for the community related to film, art and architecture.” 

“I applaud Joel’s commitment to restore, renovate and re-purpose the historic building,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.  “This is a great example of adaptive reuse at its best.  Silver Pictures relocation from Burbank to the City of Los Angeles will create new jobs, bolster our local economy and demonstrate that Los Angeles continues to be the capital of the entertainment world.” 

The Venice Beach Post Office purchased by Joel Silver as new home for Silver Pictures

“We are excited to welcome Joel Silver and Silver Pictures to Venice,” said Los Angeles Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, who represents the area.  “This is another exciting sign of the Venice Renaissance, which is branding our community as the hub of the emerging new economy.  Joel has promised to preserve an architectural gem, and Silver Pictures will be a vibrant addition to the media and technology scene that is making Venice the new ‘Silicon Beach.’”

“Reusing a historic building for a new purpose is often the best -- and sometimes the only -- way to keep it standing as communities change over time.” said Linda Dishman, executive director of the Los Angeles Conservancy.  “We commend Mr. Silver for stepping forward with a preservation solution for this beloved building, and we look forward to working closely with him to preserve its unique and authentic character.”  

Silver, which has produced some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters including the “Matrix” trilogy, four-part “Lethal Weapon” series and the new “Sherlock Holmes” franchise starring Robert Downey, Jr., is also devoted to the restoration and preservation of historic homes and buildings.  In 1984, the lifelong student and admirer of architecture and design, purchased Hollywood’s historic Storer House, originally built by Frank Lloyd Wright.  The restoration was supervised by Wright’s grandson Eric Lloyd Wright and Martin Eli Weil, past president of the Los Angeles Conservancy

After the completion of Storer House, Silver purchased another Frank Lloyd Wright grand property, Auldbrass Plantation in Yemassee, SC.  This project included not only the complete restoration of the buildings and property, but also the addition of new buildings conceived by Wright that he was unable to complete in his lifetime.  The South Carolina House of Representatives recently passed a resolution honoring Silver for the restoration. 

The Venice, CA project, which includes the restoration of the Biberman mural, is expected to be completed in 2014.  

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