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Western Heights

Located just north of the Santa Monica Freeway in Historic West Adams, Western Heights HPOZ is an architecturally diverse enclave filled with custom built homes and modest commercial buildings dating from the turn of the 20th century. The residential streets are characterized by two and two-and-one-half story single family residences in architectural styles including Queen Anne, Craftsman, Tudor Revival, and Spanish Colonial Revival, designed by some of the most prominent architects of Los Angeles, such as Myron Hunt and Paul Williams. Just outside the HPOZ, along Washington Boulevard features fine examples of the Streamline Moderne style as well as commercial adaptations of the Spanish Colonial Revival style. Much of the community’s architectural integrity remains intact despite the construction of the Santa Monica Freeway.  The Western Heights HPOZ was adopted by City Council in 2001.

Projects in Western Heights that require board review are reviewed by the Harvard Heights-Western Heights HPOZ Board, which reviews cases in the adjacent Harvard Heights HPOZ. The Harvard Heights-Western Heights HPOZ Board, comprised of local stakeholders with expertise in building, architecture, preservation and real estate, meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, though meetings are canceled if there are no business items to discuss. Meetings take place at the Congregational Church of Christian Fellowship, at 2085 S. Hobart Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018. (Enter meeting room off Oxford Ave. on West side of the church. For wheelchair access: please use ramp on the East, Hobart St. side of the church, then through the building to meeting room). 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 Amanda Kainer of the Department of City Planning's Office of Historic Resources, at (213) 847-3647, or Amanda.Kainer@lacity.org, and fill out the HPOZ Initial Screening Checklist.