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Harvard Heights

Harvard Heights HPOZ is predominantly characterized by two-story Craftsman-style residences built from 1902 to 1908. The large and somewhat grand scale of architecture is due to a land covenant that stipulated that houses built within the tract cost more than $2,500, a substantial sum at the turn of the century. The location of the only existing Greene and Greene designed house in the city of Los Angeles, the neighborhood also features the work of the famous Heineman brothers as well as notable West Adams architect Frank Tyler. The HPOZ boundaries include modest commercial buildings located along the edges of the neighborhood.  The Harvard Heights HPOZ was adopted by City Council in 2000.

Projects in Harvard Heights that require board review are reviewed by the Harvard Heights-Western Heights HPOZ Board, which reviews cases in the adjacent Western Heights HPOZ. The Harvard Heights-Western Heights HPOZ Board, comprised of local stakeholders with expertise in building, architecture, preservation and real estate, meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, though meetings are canceled if there are no business items to discuss. Meetings take place at the Congregational Church of Christian Fellowship, at 2085 S. Hobart Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018. (Enter meeting room off Oxford Ave. on West side of the church. For wheelchair access: please use ramp on the East, Hobart St. side of the church, then through the building to meeting room).  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 Amanda Kainer of the Department of City Planning's Office of Historic Resources, at (213) 847-3647, or Amanda.Kainer@lacity.org, and fill out the HPOZ Initial Screening Checklist.