Adams Normandie/West Adams Terrace Historic Area

Adams Normandie/West Adams Terrace Historic Area

At the turn of the 20th century the West Adams–Normandie area was one of Los Angeles’ most prestigious communities. Subdivided in 1902 by eminent Pasadena developer and builder George W. Stimson, the location attracted many socially prominent individuals seeking suburban ambiance adjacent to the downtown area. Percy H. Clark, one of the primary real estate developers of Beverly Hills, built many of the custom homes in the neighborhood, including his own residence on Van Buren Place. Overall, the architecture of the HPOZ (Historic Preservation Overlay Zone) represents the transition from Victorian era styles of the late 1800's to the Arts and Crafts aesthetic of the early 1900's. Adams-Normandie features several large groupings of Shingle and Craftsman style residences. Van Buren Place Historic District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is located in the heart of the HPOZ.

Located in south Los Angeles, West Adams Terrace includes subdivisions with large and lavish homes originally designed for wealthy middle-class families as well as other tracts developed for the working class. The first significant wave of residential development in West Adams consisted of businessmen and their families, who wanted to move out of central Los Angeles, yet remain within easy commuting distance of downtown. Single family homes in the HPOZ range in size and style from modest Victorian-era cottages to early 20th century Craftsman and Mission Revival bungalows to larger Period Revival and Classical styles. Many of the houses were designed by recognized architects and builders including Frank TylerHunt and BurnsFrank Meline,and  Paul R. Williams.






*Please note that the MLS/Claw does not categorize Historic Districts and, as such, some properties may be listed that are adjacent to the HPOZ neighborhoods or in the same zip code.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have regarding the historic status of a home.

Recognizing the need to identify and protect neighborhoods with distinct architectural and cultural resources, the City of Los Angeles has developed an expansive program of Historic Preservation Overlay Zones (HPOZs). HPOZs, commonly known as historic districts, provide for review of proposed exterior alterations and additions to historic properties within designated districts. 

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