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Efforts to Preserve and Revitalize Historic Tokio Florist Move Forward

Updated: Apr 1, 2021

Since the Los Angeles Conservancy declared the Sakai-Kozawa Residence/Tokio Florist

and Pole Sign Historic-Cultural Monument #1198, interest in the future of this iconic

building has increased. On March 4, Echo Park architectural firm Breland-Harper

presented revitalization plans for the Tokio Florist site to the City’s Cultural Heritage

Commission. Working with landscape architect James Corner Field Operations, they are

developing a preservation approach and master plan for the site.

Two new structures are currently proposed: an 800 square foot retail building, and a 7,500

square foot new office structure. The existing house would be rehabilitated, and the

buildings would be located in an extensively preserved landscape. The plans were

presented to the Cultural Heritage Commission for information only, and detailed plans will

be presented at a later date for approval.

Read the LA Conservancy description on Tokio Florist here.

The Sakai-Kozawa

Residence/Tokio Florist in Silver

Lake is a rare and highly intact

example of a residence

associated with a Japanese

American family and their

longtime floral business in Los

Angeles. (Photo: M. Rosalind

Sagara / L.A. Conservancy)


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