There are 14 Historic Preservation Overlay Zones in the City of Los Angeles.
These are: Angelino Heights, Banning Park, Carthay Circle, Harvard Heights, Highland Park, Lafayette Square, Melrose Hill, Miracle Mile North, South Carthay, Spaulding Square, University Park, Vinegar Hill, Adams-Normandie, Western Heights, and Whitley Heights. No less than 5 of these (Harvard Heights, Lafayette Square, University Park, Adams-Normandie, and Western Heights) are in West Adams (see map). This is an indication of the density of historic homes in our area. Each of these zones contributes significantly to the quality of their neighborhoods and the appearance of their homes.
The boundaries of the five HPOZs are:
Our own Harvard Heights. Bounded by Pico on the north, the 10 Freeway on the south, Normandie on the east, and Western Avenue on the west.
Adams-Normandie. Bounded by the 10 Freeway on the north, 29th Street on the south, Vermont Avenue on the east, and Normandie Avenue on the west. It includes 740 structures within its boundaries.
Lafayette Square. Bounded by Venice Blvd. on the north, Washington Blvd. on the south, Crenshaw on the east, and West Blvd. on the west.
University Park. Bounded by the Harbor Freeway on the east, the 10 Freeway on the north, Adams Blvd. on the south between the Harbor Freeway and Hoover, then jogging up Hoover to 24th Street which is the southern border between Hoover and Vermont. Vermont is the northern border for the short strip from 24th Street to the 10 Freeway.
Western Heights. Bounded by Washington Blvd. on the north and the 10 Freeway on the south, and by Western Avenue on the east and Arlington on the west.
In addition to these, there is also a long-standing Historic District called North University Park, which has historic status although it is not an HPOZ. This is bordered by Hoover on the east, Menlo Avenue on the west, 29th Street on the south, and Adams Blvd. for most of its length on the north but with a small jog to
25th Street between Magnolia and Hoover.
The Los Angeles Conservancy provides descriptions of each of the HPOZs citywide on their website. http://www.laconservancy.org/