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Lafayette Square

Lafayette Square was the last and greatest of banker George L. Crenshaw’s ten residential developments in the city of Los Angeles. Since Crenshaw wanted this development to have a European flair it was designed as an elegant residential park centered on St. Charles Place, a broad palm-lined avenue with a landscaped median. Early residents of Lafayette Square included the founder of Pepperdine University, George Pepperdine, actors W.C. Fields and Fatty Arbuckle, art collector Norton Simon, boxer Joe Louis, and the Crenshaw family. Houses in Lafayette Square reflect residential styles popular during the 1910s and 1920s such as Craftsman, Italianate, Spanish Colonial Revival, and American Colonial Revival. Several houses, such as architect Paul Williams’ own home, were designed in the Modern style, exemplifying an important trend in Los Angeles’ architectural development.

The Lafayette Square HPOZ Board, comprised of local stakeholders with expertise in building, architecture, preservation and real estate, meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, though meetings are canceled if there are no business items to discuss. Meetings take place at the Washington Irving Library, at 4117 West Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90018. 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 Christina Park of the Department of City Planning's Office of Historic Resources, at (213) 473-9987, or christina.park@lacity.org , and fill out the HPOZ Initial Screening Checklist.