Resource Report

Historic Resource Summary

Names
Leimert Plaza (Primary)
LA Historic-Cultural Monument No. 620 (Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument)
Important Dates
1928-01-01 (Built Date)
Images
Leimert Plaza - PHOTO
Resource Types
Site
Builder
Owner

Location Information

Addresses
4395 S LEIMERT BLVD Primary
Location Description
No descriptions recorded
Administrative Areas
West Adams - Baldwin Hills - Leimert Community Plan Area (Community Plan Area)
Los Angeles City Council District 10 (Council District)
EMPOWERMENT CONGRESS WEST AREA NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (Neighborhood Council)
LEIMERT PARK NEIGHBORHOOD (Neighborhood)

Resource Description

Classification
Type: Public Places, Squares, intersections, promenades, vistas, etc.   Use: Historic     Style: Spanish Colonial Revival    
Features
No components recorded

Narrative Description

No description available
Alterations
No alterations listed

Resource Significance

Evaluation Details

Date Evaluated
2014-08-13
Context/Theme
Residential Development and Suburbanization, 1850-1980
Streetcar Suburbanization, 1888-1933
Suburban Planning and Development, 1888-1933
Tract/subdivision feature
Other
Eligibility Standards
No standards recorded
Integrity Aspects
No standards recorded
California Historic Resources Status Codes (explanation of codes)
5S1
Significance Statement
The property meets the criteria for HCM designation because it embodies the "distinguishing characteristics of an architectural-type specimen, inherently valuable for a study of a period style or method of construction," as a work of landscape architecture influenced by the City Beautiful movement. It is also associated with the "notable work of a master builder, designer, or architect," as a work by master landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. and John C. Olmsted of Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects.
Periods of Significance
From: 1928-01-01

Date Evaluated
2014-08-13
Context/Theme
Public and Private Institutional Development, 1850-1980
Civil Rights Movement - Ethnic and Gender Equality, 1942-1980
African-American Civil Rights Movement, 1955-1968
Important Events and Institutions in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, 1955-1968
Other
Eligibility Standards
No standards recorded
Integrity Aspects
No standards recorded
California Historic Resources Status Codes (explanation of codes)
5S1
Significance Statement
The resource meets the criteria for HCM designation because it reflects “the broad cultural, political, economic or social history of the nation, state, or community” for its association with the African American civil rights movement, as well as its ongoing role as an important public space for Leimert Park and the African American community. The plaza has been the site for public activism, free speech, cultural development, and community cohesion since the 1960s.
Periods of Significance
From: 1960-01-01

Date Evaluated
2014-08-13
Context/Theme
Other Context, 1850-1980
Important Persons/Individuals, 1850-1980
Other
Eligibility Standards
No standards recorded
Integrity Aspects
No standards recorded
California Historic Resources Status Codes (explanation of codes)
5S1
Significance Statement
The property meets the criteria for HCM designation because it is identified with "historic personages,” for its association with Walter Leimert, a real estate developer who planned a number of highly successful subdivisions throughout California. Leimert Park, Leimert's namesake development, was one of his most comprehensively planned, characterized by a formal grid system, designed landscapes, and abundant public amenities.
Periods of Significance
From: 1928-01-01

Designations

Designation and Protection Status

Type: Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument Date: 1996-02-02 -

External References

External System References

Processing ID: HCM-620
Property Identification Number: 111B185 51
House ID: 487727
Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument Number: 620

Related Resources

Related Historic Resources

None

Related Historic Districts

None

Related Activities

None

Related Historic Events

None

Related People/Organizations

Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects (was designed by /designed)

Related Information Resources

Images
Documents
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