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Stonehurst

The Stonehurst HPOZ is comprised of 92 homes in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, in the community of Sun Valley.  Many of the structures were built between 1923 and 1925 by Dan Montelongo, a local artisan and stonemason, using stone selected from the nearby washes and the foothills of the Tujunga Valley.  The neighborhood boasts the highest concentration in Los Angeles of homes utilizing native river rock as a primary building material.   Many of these homes were designed in a "Stonemason Vernacular" style that is a derivative of Craftsman architecture.  Stonehurst homes are frequently small bungalows on large lots, often on horse-keeping or animal-keeping properties, giving this neighborhood a unique, rustic character among Los Angeles' historic districts.

Projects in Stonehurst that require board review are reviewed by the Valley HPOZ Board, which also reviews cases for the Balboa Highlands and Van Nuys HPOZs.  The Valley HPOZ 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 Marvine Braude Constituent Service Center, Room 3B, at 6262 Van Nuys Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 91401. 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 Suki Gershenhorn  of the Department of City Planning's Office of Historic Resources, at (213) 978-1218, or suki.gershenhorn@lacity.org, and fill out the HPOZ Initial Screening Checklist.