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Lincoln Heights

Lincoln Heights, subdivided in 1873, is one of Los Angeles’ first residential suburbs. Lincoln Heights was originally named “East Los Angeles” and is located northeast of downtown. To ensure the success of this early community, water pipes were installed at a considerable expense by Dr. John Strolher Griffin, William H. Workman, and John Gates Downey. In 1876, Griffin and Downey established one of the city’s first streetcar lines to connect the East Los Angeles subdivision with downtown. Houses in Lincoln Heights vary in architecture and include examples of Victorian-era, Arts and Crafts, and Period Revival styles. The majority of residences were not architect-designed, but builder/contractor or homeowner constructed, and housed working- and middle-class families.  The Lincoln Heights HPOZ was adopted by City Council in 2004.

Projects in Lincoln Heights 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.

The Office of Historic Resources is looking for local stakeholders with expertise in building, architecture, preservation and real estate to serve on the Lincoln Heights HPOZ Board.  Please submit a resume and letter of interest to Melissa Alofaituli at melissa.alofaituli@lacity.org.

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.