On February 24th the City of Los Angeles and Getty Conservation Institute launched HistoricPlacesLA.org, the first online information and management system specifically created to inventory, map, and describe Los Angeles significant historic resources. The system enables robust searches of the rich information on the city’s historic resources. Although data entry into HistoricPlacesLA is in progress, the goal is to include all of the city’s Historic-Cultural Monuments and Historic Preservation Overlay Zones (HPOZs), properties listed in the National and California registers, and information gathered through SurveyLA, the citywide survey of historic resources. SurveyLA represents the most ambitious historic resources survey in the United State and is a multi-year public/private partnership between the City and the Getty, including both the Getty Conservation Institute and the Getty Foundation.
Like San Francisco and New York City, Los Angeles’s past is rich in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) history. However, Los Angeles is one of only a few cities nationwide to recognize this history by completing a LGBT historic context statement. A historic context statement is a technical document written in narrative form that provides guidelines on the identification and evaluation of historic resources within a geographic area. The recently published LGBT historic context statement for Los Angeles was prepared by Galvin Preservation Associates under the direction of Teresa Grimes, with contributions from Wes Joe and Carson Anderson. It is now an important chapter within SurveyLA’s Citywide Context Statement that will be released after the survey process has been completed.