We mentioned previously that the Preservation Plans for the West Adams area HPOZs would be the next up. The first of this group is Adams-Normandie. A public hearing for this plan (as well as Harvard Heights, West Adams Terrace and Western Heights) has been scheduled for Thursday, October 14, 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 field office of Councilman Herb Wesson, District 10, at 1819 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, Ca 90006 (it’s easier to enter from Manhattan Place).
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.
Adams-Normandie Draft Preservation Plan (minor edits and corrections have been made to this document as of 10/13/10)
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 represents the Arts and Crafts aesthetic of the early teens and 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.