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Melrose Hill

Melrose Hill HPOZ is a small gem of a neighborhood that illustrates why Los Angeles is known as “the bungalow capital of the world.” The modest single-family homes of this tree-shaded community were built between 1911 and 1926, at the height of the popularity of the California bungalow. Nearly half of its 45 residences were designed and constructed by the Briggs Company, whose president, Sidney L. Briggs, was the principal motivator for the subdivision and development of the area.  The Melrose Hill HPOZ was adopted by City Council in 1988.

Projects in Melrose Hill that require board review are reviewed by the Hollywood Grove-Melrose Hill-Whitley Heights HPOZ Board, which reviews cases in all three HPOZs.  The Hollywood Grove-Melrose Hill-Whitley Heights HPOZ Board, comprised of local stakeholders with expertise in building, architecture, preservation and real estate, meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, though meetings are canceled if there are no business items to discuss. Meetings take place at the Immaculate Heart Middle and High School on Western and Franklin, at 5515 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90028. 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 Katie DeBiase of the Department of City Planning's Office of Historic Resources, at (213) 847-3659 or Katie.DeBiase@lacity.org, and fill out the HPOZ Initial Screening Checklist.