The Wilshire Park Neighborhood
Wilshire Park is a neighborhood in Mid City. The boundaries of Wilshire Park are Wilshire Boulevard on the north, Olympic Boulevard on the south, Wilton Place on the east and Crenshaw Boulevard on the west.
Windsor Square and Hancock Park are to the north, Country Club Park is to the south, Country Club Heights is to the east, Windsor Village, Longwood Highlands and Miracle Mile are to the west. Major thoroughfares include Olympic Boulevard and Crenshaw Boulevard. Most of Wilshire Park is in ZIP code 90005, but also includes a small area of 90019Wilshire Park is a neighborhood of one- and two-story historic Dutch Colonial, Spanish Colonial, American Craftsman, Colonial Revival, Minimal Traditional, and Mediterranean style single-family homes, duplexes, and multi-family homes on tree-lined streets of mature magnolias, oaks, and sycamoresThe first recorded residence in Wilshire Park was built in 1908. The transitional Prairie School style home (right) is an example of the work of architect Lloyd Wright. The neighborhood also features a 1938 apartment complex by the only female architect in Los Angeles at the time, Edith Mortensen Northman. Most of Wilshire Park was fully built out by 1926.
Wilshire Park was designated a Los Angeles Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) in 2008, by a unanimous vote of the Los Angeles City Council. Since 2002, residents had begun advocating the creation of a Wilshire Park historic district in order to prevent teardowns and to encourage residents to only make exterior changes to their homes consistent with the historical period and architectural style of those homes. Wilshire Park was granted an Interim Control Ordinance on November 13, 2006.
Wilshire Park became the first neighborhood in Los Angeles history in which residents conducted and completed their own survey and analysis of each home and parcel, overseen by a professional architectural consulting group. This Survey of Historic Resources was completely self-funded, utilizing no funds from the city.
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