Brutally frank and often obscene, Bukowski was a heavy drinker who wrote poems that rely on the musicality of colloquial speech, instead of rhyming meter. Born in Germany in 1920 and raised in Los Angeles, Bukowski won many readers in Europe before breaking through in the United States. But after he did break through with the 1971 novel “Post Office” – which he wrote at De Longpre – Bukowski’s public image was burnished as something more than the “dirty old man” he claimed to be. Movies were made about his life. He hung out with such luminaries as actor Sean Penn and moved to a nice house in San Pedro. Voice for down, out After he died in 1994, his papers were placed in a collection at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, where he had often dropped off his wife before going to Santa Anita to bet on the horses. Admirers describe Bukowski as the quintessential Los Angeles writer, and as a voice for the down and out. But the owners of the De Longpre fourplex apartment complex have a different view of the writer. And they say there’s no reason to designate the home he lived in from 1963 to 1972 as historic. One of their accusations has caught Bukowski readers off guard. “He was an anti-Semite, and he was pro-Nazi, and (Bukowski fans) have to read about it, and they have to know about it,” said Victoria Gureyeva, one of the property’s two owners. Gureyeva, a Jewish refugee from the Ukraine, said she bought the apartment complex five years ago not knowing that Bukowski had lived there. “At that time, if they loved him so much or so deeply, why no one during those five years said nothing, didn’t say a word about Charles Bukowski?” she asked. To support her accusation that Bukowski had fascist leanings, Gureyeva points to the writings of Ben Pleasants. A Bukowski acquaintance, Pleasants has written that Bukowski made anti-Semitic comments and expressed admiration for Nazism, especially as a young man. But Bukowski biographer Neeli Cherkovski, author of “Hank: The Life of Charles Bukowski,” said that was not the Bukowski he knew. As a Jewish teen impressed by some of Bukowski’s early writing, Cherkovski sought out a 40-year-old Bukowski in 1960, and the two started a friendship that spanned decades. “I challenge anybody to find any hint of anti-Semitism or pro-Nazism in any of his books,” Cherkovski said. Cherkovski also disputes what he calls another misconception about Bukowski – the title “Poet Laureate of Skid Row” that some give him. Hollywood years Bukowski lived for years in Hollywood, not on Skid Row, and he moved to a house in San Pedro with a pool and a couple of nice cars, Cherkovski said. The apartment on De Longpre, where Cherkovski spent a lot of time, was the lived-in, “mildewed” Hollywood – not the Hollywood of glitz and glamour that Bukowski loathed, Cherkovski said. There was a banana plant out front, and inside was a cluttered living room with an Underwood typewriter on a table near the window, he said. These days, the apartment complex is vacant, the residents all gone. The nearest neighbors are a homeless couple – George Padilla and Linda Vellutini – who live in an RV on the street out front. Every day for the past couple of weeks, at least one visitor interested in Bukowski – usually male and often of college age – has approached the chain-link fence surrounding the property. “They look around first and make sure that they’ve got the right spot,” said Vellutini, 56. “And so I talk to them and let them know that they do.” Lauren Everett, 26, a Silver Lake resident who works as a temp and started reading Bukowski in high school, is more than just a passing fan of Bukowski. She wrote the application seeking historical designation for the property after seeing the Craigslist ad. A city report before the Cultural Heritage Commission notes that when he lived at De Longpre, Bukowski wrote “Post Office,” his newspaper column “Notes of a Dirty Old Man” and other works, and he used the apartment as a setting for his novel “Women.” From outside, the apartment looks a lot like it did when Bukowski lived there, Everett said. “It’s not the most glamorous place. It’s pretty bare-bones,” she said. “But it doesn’t look any worse, certainly.” City Council President Eric Garcetti, who represents the area, supports the application to designate the property as historic, spokeswoman Julie Wong said. The application also has received the support of the city’s Office of Historic Resources and the Los Angeles Conservancy. “The nomination really makes a strong case that this particular residence was pivotal in the writer’s career,” said Mike Buhler, director of advocacy for the conservancy. Cherkovski, who remembers Bukowski as a wryly funny man who play-acted the wild-man part, noted that Bukowski’s real “temple” was the Santa Anita Race Track. The biographer said he wonders what Bukowski would think about a proposal to put a literary center at the old apartment. Cherkovski said, “A signpost would be fine.” email@example.com 818-546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Everyone agrees there’s nothing about the architecture that makes poet Charles Bukowski’s former Hollywood apartment stand out. At 5124 De Longpre Ave., it’s just a small, stucco structure. On a recent day, a lone shoe sat on the trash-strewn, cracked pavement fronting the low-slung home. A small chimney streaked with grime stands beside a tree, and everything is fenced off and boarded up. But it was here – before his glory days – that Bukowski lived for most of the 1960s, trudging off daily to his post office job and coming home every evening to get drunk and write. “This is where he stopped thinking of himself as a working-class stiff in a post office and realized he was a world-class poet,” said Richard Schave, 38, who leads a bus tour of Bukowski haunts and is pushing to have the home classified as a historic structure. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAnd if Bukowski’s fans succeed in their bid for historical designation, it will be one of the rare times the city has placed that status on a building solely because of who lived there, not for its architectural significance. In July, the owner of the apartment complex at 5124-51263/4 De Longpre in Hollywood posted a for-sale ad on Craigslist.com, suggesting a buyer could pay $1.3million for the property, tear down the buildings and build new. But the ad prompted a flurry of activity among Bukowski fans, who organized to try to save the property. While the building’s owners are vowing to fight the designation because of the restrictions it would carry, officials with the city and the Los Angeles Conservancy support the application from Bukowski’s fans. The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission is scheduled to consider the application for historic designation today. If the commission approves it, it will go to the City Council for a final vote.