Explore Historic Windsor Park With the LA Conservancy

Los Angeles is sometimes unjustly accused of being a city with no memory, a virtual tabula rasa with no respect for its history. Yet ever since 1979, the city has been enabling neighborhoods to identify and protect their unique architectural heritages with Historic Preservation Overlay Zones (HPOZs). A HPOZ designation requires public reviews for proposed exterior alterations and additions to historic properties. This Sunday, the L.A. Conservancy is leading a tour of six private homes near mid-City.

Its "At Home With History" tours will look at three somewhat new HPOZs all in close proximity to one another: Country Club Park, Wilshire Park, and Windsor Village. The docent-led tours include:

    • * The Mediterranean-style Milbank Mansion (G. Lawrence Stimson, 1913) in Country Club Park, a virtual twin to Pasadena’s Stimson-designed Wrigley Mansion, home to the Tournament of Roses Association
    • *A restored 1911 Craftsman-style home in Country Club Park that includes special amenities designed for the original owner, USC music professor Horatio Cogswell
    • *A Beaux-Arts/Italianate house circa 1920 in Wilshire Park that features unusual interior details, as well as a history that includes a notorious former madam as a tenant
    • *A 1926 Mediterranean/Spanish Colonial Revival home in Wilshire Park that blends original details with sensitive updates, including a creative backyard space
    • *In Windsor Village, an eight-unit courtyard apartment complex in the French Eclectic style, built in 1936
    • A 1915 Prairie-style home with built-ins, stained glass, and many other original elements located in Windsor Village

      Tickets cost $40 for the general public, $30 for Los Angeles Conservancy members, and $10 for kids 12 and under. The tours are from 10am to 4pm. Tickets are available at www.laconservancy.org. For questions call the Conservancy office at (213) 623-2489.

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