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Van Nuys

Van Nuys HPOZ is located in the center of the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, and is the first Valley HPOZ. Van Nuys includes some of the earliest residential development in the Valley. The construction of single family residences began in 1911 and early architecture reflected the Craftsman and Colonial Revival styles. In the 1920s, the dominant local industry was poultry farming, which required land plots to be very deep to allow for the construction of chicken houses at the rear of the property. At this time, preferences in architectural styles shifted to Spanish Colonial Revival and English Revival. In the 1930s, preferences changed once again and Minimal Traditional became the prevailing architectural style. In the late 1930s to the 1950s, the California Ranch style dominated residential designs. Van Nuys HPOZ exemplifies the evolution of early residential architecture of the growing San Fernando Valley.  The Van Nuys HPOZ was adopted by City Council in 2005.

Projects in Van Nuys that require board review are reviewed by the Valley HPOZ Board, which also reviews cases for the Stonehurst and Balboa HighlandsHPOZs.  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) 847-3675, or suki.gershenhorn@lacity.org, and fill out the HPOZ Initial Screening Checklist.