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El Sereno - Berkshire

The El Sereno - Berkshire Craftsman District HPOZ is located in the easternmost part of Los Angeles. It is bordered by the City of South Pasadena to the north and the City of Alhambra to the east. The historic district is roughly bounded by Huntington Drive to the east, Kendall Avenue to the north, the properties on the west side of Alpha Avenue to the west, and Newtonia Drive and Alpha Street to the south. The historic district contains the Short Line Villa Tract, which exhibits highly intact examples of a distinctive form of development common to Pasadena and South Pasadena. It includes excellent examples of Craftsman, Bungalow, American Colonial Revival, and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. It is a well-preserved example of early suburban tract development, retaining integrity of plan, layout, architectural design, scale, and landscaping and conveying a cohesive sense of community, time and place.  The El Sereno - Berkshire Crafsman District was adoped by City Council in 2017.

Projects in El Sereno-Berkshire that require board review are reviewed by the Lincoln Heights-El Sereno HPOZ Board, which reviewes cases for the Lincoln Heights and El Sereno-Berkshire HPOZs.  The Lincoln Heights-El Sereno HPOZ Board, comprised of local stakeholders with expertise in building, architecture, preservation and real estate, meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, though meetings are canceled if there are no business items to discuss. Meetings take place at the Young Nak Presbyterian Church, at 1721 North Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90031. 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 Jonathan Kaplan of the Department of City Planning's Office of Historic Resources, at (213) 847-3668, or jonathan.kaplan@lacity.org, and fill out the HPOZ Initial Screening Checklist.