Efforts to Preserve and Revitalize Historic Tokio Florist Move Forward
Updated: Apr 2, 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.
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)