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. 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 1910s and early 1920s. 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.
The Country Club Park - Wilshire Park - Windsor Village HPOZ Board, comprised of local stakeholders with expertise in building, architecture, preservation and real estate, meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, though meetings are canceled if there are no business items to discuss. Meetings take place at the Wilshire United Methodist Church, at 4350 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90005. Agendas for HPOZ meetings can be found here.
For any questions or to schedule a review of a proposed project within this HPOZ, please contact Michelle Levy of the Department of City Planning's Office of Historic Resources, at (213) 978-1174, or Michelle.Levy@lacity.org, and fill out the HPOZ Initial Screening Checklist.