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Existing HPOZs, Gregory Ain-Mar Vista Tract, Preservation Plans

Gregory Ain – Mar Vista Tract Public Hearing Scheduled

We are pleased to unveil the Draft Preservation Plan for the Mar Vista Tract HPOZ and announce the public hearing for this plan on Wednesday, October 6, 2010.  There will be an informational open house that begins at 6:00 P.M. and the official public hearing will begin at 7:00 P.M.  The hearing will be located at the Penmar Recreation Center at 1341 Lake Street in Venice, CA  90291

Provided below is a copy of the Notice of Public Hearing that will be sent out in the mail shortly and a copy of the Draft Preservation Plan (a large file!).  Both are PDF files, so you’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader or another similar application to be able to open the files.

Mar Vista Notice of Public Hearing

Gregory Ain Mar Vista Preservation Plan Draft.

Gregory Ain Mar Vista Tract, also known as Mar Vista Housing, is located in the western portion of the City of Los Angeles and consists of 52 parcels designed by architect Gregory Ain in the Modern style. Built in 1948, this  residential development was shaped by the Fair Housing Administration’s desire to promote home ownership among modest-income families. Ain’s design of the Mar Vista tract achieved individuality through his ingenious placement of standard architectural elements, variations in setback and entrance location, as well as the imaginative integration of building and landscape design. Landscape architect Garrett Eckbo used a large number of planting materials from varying climates to create a park-like atmosphere along the streets, opening up space between houses to allow for more spatial social interaction, as opposed to creating boundaries and fences. These unique design elements allowed the Advance Development Agency to market Mar Vista Housing as “Modernique” to exemplify the development’s modern and unique design features.

We are particularly excited about the completion of this draft plan because the Mar Vista Tract is the City’s first Post WWII HPOZ, and the type and style of development within this neighborhood is a departure from most of our other historically protected neighborhoods (the Balboa Highlands HPOZ, a residential tract in Granada Hills designed by Joseph Eichler recently became our second Post-War HPOZ).  Discussion of river-rock retaining walls, decorative vergeboards and eyebrow dormers gives way to flat roofs, floor-to-ceiling windows and master-planned landscapes.  The local HPOZ Board has done a marvelous job providing thoughtful input on the proposed guidelines; photographs of various architectural features and historical background information on this unique neighborhood.

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