At the turn of the 20th century the West Adams–Normandie area was one of Los Angeles’ most prestigious communities. Subdivided in 1902 by eminent Pasadena developer and builder George W. Stimson, the location attracted many socially prominent individuals seeking suburban ambiance adjacent to the downtown area. Percy H. Clark, one of the primary real estate developers of Beverly Hills, built many of the custom homes in the neighborhood, including his own residence on Van Buren Place. Overall, the architecture of the HPOZ represents the transition from Victorian era styles of the late 1800s to the Arts and Crafts aesthetic of the early 1900s. Adams-Normandie features several large groupings of Shingle and Craftsman style residences. The Van Buren Place Historic District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is located in the heart of the HPOZ.
The Adams-Normandie HPOZ Board, comprised of local stakeholders with expertise in building, architecture, preservation and real estate, meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, though meetings are canceled if there are no business items to discuss. Meetings take place at the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Regional Branch Library, at 3900 Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90062. Agendas for HPOZ meetings can be found here.
For any questions or to schedule a review of a proposed project within this HPOZ, please contact Ariane Briski of the Department of City Planning's Office of Historic Resources, at (213) 978-1391, or email@example.com, and fill out the HPOZ Initial Screening Checklist.