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South Carthay

South Carthay HPOZ is located on the site of the former vegetable fields for Ralph’s Market. Residential development in the area began during the early 1930s. Almost half of the single-family dwellings in South Carthay were designed and built by Greek developer Spyros George Ponty, who built homes throughout Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. Ponty and other contractors constructed homes in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. The characteristic use of low-pitched red tile roofs, arched doors and windows, and smooth stucco exterior finishes provides visual continuity and cohesiveness to the neighborhood. South Carthay residences are exceptional for their quality construction, skilled craftsmanship, decorative detailing, and individuality — no two homes are exactly alike.  The South Carthay HPOZ was adopted by City Council in 1985.

Projects in South Carthay that require board review are reviewed by the Carthay HPOZ Board, which reviewes cases for the Carthay Circle, South Carthay, and Carthay Square HPOZs.  The CarthayHPOZ Board, comprised of local stakeholders with expertise in building, architecture, preservation and real estate, meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, though meetings are canceled if there are no business items to discuss. Meetings take place at the Temple Beth Am, Kopelove Hall, at 1039 South La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035. 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 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.