Art Deco treasure trove in San Pedro up for landmark status

Property used to house a Montgomery Ward department store

741 South Pacific Avenue
741 South Pacific Avenue

A staple in San Pedro’s monthly art walk is eyeing to become a more permanent fixture in the bustling community.

The 21,000-square-foot building at 741 South Pacific Avenue, located near the Art Deco movie theater, is being considered for Historic-Cultural Nomination status, according to a filing with the Department of City Planning.

Owners and art enthusiasts Patti Kraakevik and George Woytovich bought the property in 2002 for $775,000, deed records show. It was left vacant after the Montgomery Ward department store closed, presenting an opportunity for the new owners to transform the space into an art gallery with a live/work loft, bar, office, and retail space, the Daily Breeze previously reported.

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Renamed Deco Art Deco, the 1930s building is now used to hosts events, classes and “speakeasy” cabaret, according to its website. It also doubles as a filming location.

In addition to a huge Art Deco collection, the owners have lined the place with antiques, such as brass doors from the Westclox Factory Building in Peru, Illinois, and a vintage Wurlitzer jukebox.

It’s unclear who filed the application for landmark status.

Nearby, two developers are joining forces to build a 91-unit affordable housing development at 456 West 9th Street. LINC Housing and National CORE proposed a mixed-use development that would rise six stories and include 4,900 square feet of commercial space, a 4,000-square-foot community room and parking for 111 vehicles.