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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.

The Lincoln Heights 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.

We are currently working to fill two HPOZ Board appointed positions for the Lincoln Heights HPOZ. Candidates should have experience in construction, real estate, architecture, and/or historic preservation. Residents of the district and property owners with an interest and/or background in Preservation are encouraged to apply. Interested parties should email a cover letter and resume in PDF format to Naomi Guth.

For any questions or to schedule a review of a proposed project within this HPOZ, please contact Blair Smith  of the Department of City Planning's Office of Historic Resources, at (213) 978-1174, or blair.smith@lacity.org, and fill out the HPOZ Initial Screening Checklist.