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Windsor Square

Windsor Square, located in central Los Angeles, was once part of Rancho La Brea on land that was subdivided for development in 1911. The Windsor Square Investment Company’s vision for development was a neighborhood of elegant homes, with lots of no less than 100 feet frontage and over 300 feet in width. Windsor Square was planned to be the most exclusive neighborhood in Southern California and the largest upper-class subdivision ever marketed in Los Angeles. Residences in Windsor Square represent various periods of development and a variety of architectural styles. Early residences feature examples of the Craftsman and Beaux Arts or Classical Revival styles while later residences reflect the popularity of Period Revival styles including Spanish Colonial, Mediterranean, Tudor, English, French, and American Colonial Revival styles. Contemporary and California Ranch styles are also represented in Windsor Square.  The Windsor Square HPOZ was adopted by City Council in 2004.

The Windsor Square HPOZ Board, comprised of local stakeholders with expertise in building, architecture, preservation and real estate, meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, though meetings are canceled if there are no business items to discuss. Meetings take place at the Marlborough School at 250 S. Rossmore Ave, Los Angeles 90004. Meetings are held in the boardroom. 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 Max Loder of the Department of City Planning's Office of Historic Resources, at (213) 847-3645, or max.loder@lacity.org.


Preservation Plan Update:

At the request of the Windsor Square community, the Department of City Planning in 2018 began the process of updating the Windsor Square Preservation Plan (adopted in 2007). The updated Windsor Square Preservation Plan will reflect recent updates to the Citywide HPOZ Ordinance, and incorporate successful provisions from other recently adopted Preservation Plans. 

On Thursday, July 11, 2019 after 8:30 a.m.  at Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., Rm. 340 (Council Chambers), the City Planning Commission will consider the adoption of the amendments to the Preservation Plan. The agenda will be posted here when it becomes available.

Available as an attachment below is the current draft Preservation Plan: this April 2019 copy is a redlined version that reflects minor changes from the November 2018 draft that had previously been posted for preliminary community review. Department of City Planning staff will be posting a final draft version of the Plan prior to the City Planning Commission meeting, reflecting community input from the open house and public hearing on the plan.

To be added to the interest list to receive future notifications about the Preservation Plan update, please contact Kimberly Henry at kimberly.henry@lacity.org.