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Gregory Ain Mar Vista Tract

Gregory Ain Mar Vista Tract, also known as Mar Vista Housing, is located in the western portion of the City of Los Angeles and consists of 52 parcels designed by architect Gregory Ain in the Modern style. Built in 1948, this one-story single family residential development was shaped by the Fair Housing Administration’s desire to promote home ownership among modest-income families and the need to accommodate the growing number of defense/aircraft industry employees. Ain’s design of the Mar Vista tract achieved individuality through his ingenious placement of standard architectural elements, variations in setback and entrance location, as well as the imaginative integration of building and landscape design. Landscape architect Garrett Eckbo used a large number of planting materials from varying climates to create a park-like atmosphere along the streets, opening up space between houses to allow for more spatial social interaction, as opposed to creating boundaries and fences. These unique design elements allowed the Advance Development Agency to market Mar Vista Housing as “Modernique” to exemplify the development’s modern and unique design features. The Mar Vista Tract is the City’s first post-World War II HPOZ and was adopted by City Council in 2003.

The Gregory Ain Mar Vista Tract 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 Penmar Recreation Center, at 1341 Lake Street, Los Angeles, CA 90291. 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 Lydia Chapman of the Department of City Planning's Office of Historic Resources, at (213) 847-3646, or lydia.chapman@lacity.org , and fill out the HPOZ Initial Screening Checklist.