Wilshire Park Historic Preservation Overlay Zone
Meeting Dates and Time:
1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month; 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Washington Irving Branch Library,
4117 W Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90018
Current Agenda:Central Los Angeles Commissions
Located about five miles west of downtown Los Angeles, Wilshire Park is a neighborhood of 527 properties that has maintained a high degree of historic integrity: 74% of the neighborhood's homes are "contributing structures" to the HPOZ. Wilshire Park grew quickly after its first house appeared in 1907, spurred by the expansion of the downtown business district, new choices in methods of transportation, the development of Wilshire Boulevard, social change precipitated by war, and a speculative boom in the late 1910s and early 1920s. By 1926, there was a home on almost every lot. The houses vary in architectural styles, ranging from the early 20th century Craftsman, Prairie, and Mediterranean derivatives to Colonial Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival, and Los Angeles' largest collection of Dutch Colonial Revival. The Wilshire Park HPOZ also includes a range of housing types, from large two-story homes with expensive improvements to one-story bungalows. The HPOZ was adopted by City Council in 2008.