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Former madam of escort ring sells parts of Jim Morrison’s house on Craigslist

As a result, Cheri Woods withdrew an application for historical status
December 06, 2016 12:00PM

Jim Morrison and the apartment building at 8214-8218 Norton Avenue (Credit: Freedom's Phoenix, Zillow)

Jim Morrison and the apartment building at 8214-8218 Norton Avenue (Credit: Freedom’s Phoenix, Zillow)

Would Jim Morrison’s old West Hollywood apartment still qualify for historic monument status without its original broken shower faucet or the dirt in front of the building that Jim Morrison may have walked on?

The short answer is no, according to a memo from the city’s Community Development Department.

That’s why the owner of said apartment building, Cheri Woods, recently withdrew her application for its historic monument status after WeHo’s Historic Preservation Commission had already recommended the city to approve it, Wehoville reported.

It turns out, Woods has been selling parts of the property at 8214-8218 Norton Avenue on Craigslist. The extensive inventory of items include a hose nozzle ($12.99), palm tree ($300, self pickup), no trespassing video surveillance sign (cut in half, $20) and and a small ziplock baggie of window sill paint chips ($10) — just to name a few.

With such impressive relics, it’s no wonder that the city’s Community Development Department was tipped off and subsequently recommended the denial of the historic monument nomination in a memo to the council.

The owner is “listing elements of the building on Craigslist as memorabilia, including character-defining features,” the memo said. “Therefore, staff continues to recommend denial of the nomination based on changes to the property that have come about since the original HPC decision.”

Some other highlights from Woods’ sale (which, by the way, is still on): antique wood toilet paper holder ($300), garbage disposal ($50), “original antique white shabby chic Scot Towel holder” ($150), and of course, ziplock baggies of “the dirt that Jim may have walked or sat on, but definitely passed by and looked at!” ($20 per bag).

Jim Morrison and girlfriend Pamela Curson lived in the apartment between 1969 and 1971. Woods, who the city alleges in a lawsuit harassed her tenants and illegally raised the rent, purchased the property in 2003. She also was the self-proclaiming madam of an escort ring called Cheri’s Angels, according to Wehoville. [Wehoville]Cathaleen Chen