Country Club Park/Wilshire Park Historic Area

Country Club Park/Wilshire Park Historic Area

With a large number of buildings dating to the earliest phases of Los Angeles’ development, Country Club Park is an intact residential district with distinct visual character. Constructed adjacent to the streetcar line that stretched along Pico Street (now Boulevard), the area was originally located at the western edge of the City and housed some of Los Angeles’ most prominent citizens. As the area matured in the 1920s boom years, vacant lots were filled by homes constructed in the latest architectural styles: Craftsman, English Tudor, Spanish Colonial Revival, American Colonial Revival and Mediterranean Revival. Despite some infill that occurred in the years following World War II, the area remains mostly intact. In addition to a large number of buildings dating to the first three decades of the twentieth century, the area retains other visual features that tie it to that era of residential development in Los Angeles. Mature street trees line the avenues, and broad lawns and landscaped parking strips front the residences in parts of the neighborhood.

Located about five miles west of Downtown Los Angeles, Wilshire Park is a neighborhood of 527 properties that has maintained a high degree of historic integrity: 74% of the neighborhood's homes are "contributing structures" to the HPOZ (Historic Preservation Overlay Zone). Wilshire Park grew quickly after its first house appeared in 1907, spurred by the expansion of the downtown business district, new choices in methods of transportation, the development of Wilshire Boulevard, social change precipitated by war, and a speculative boom in the late 1910's and early 1920's. By 1926, there was a home on almost every lot. The houses vary in architectural styles, ranging from the early 20th century Craftsman, Prairie, and Mediterranean derivatives to Colonial Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival, and Los Angeles' largest collection of Dutch Colonial Revival. The Wilshire Park HPOZ also includes a range of housing types, from large two-story homes with expensive improvements to one-story bungalows.

 

 

*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. 

For more information please visit http://www.preservation.lacity.org/hpoz