Resource Description

Resource Summary

Names
Baldwin Hills Elementary School (Primary)
Baldwin Hills Elementary School (Alternative)
Resource Types
District
Important Dates
No dates recorded
Keywords (Subjects)
No keywords recorded

Location Information

Addresses
Location Description
No descriptions recorded
Administrative Areas
Los Angeles City Council District 10 (Council District)
West Adams - Baldwin Hills - Leimert Community Plan Area (Community Plan Area)
WEST ADAMS NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL (Neighborhood Council)

Classification

Classification
Type: Institutional District
Use: Historic
Related Features
No features recorded
No features recorded

Resource Descriptions

General Description
"Baldwin Hills Elementary School is located at 5421 Rodeo Road in the Baldwin Hills neighborhood of South Los Angeles. The school is sited on a 4.5-acre parcel bounded by Ridgeley Drive, Rodeo Road, and the Baldwin Hills Recreation Center. To the north and south of the school are postwar residential developments of single-family houses and multi-family apartments and garden apartment complexes. The school was established by the LAUSD in 1943; however, the original campus plan was not completed until 1951.The campus is composed of approximately 21 one-story buildings (numbers are estimated from aerial photographs, as not all buildings are visible from the public right-of-way), roughly 10 of which are original to the campus. The original buildings include one-story classroom buildings, an administration building, and an auditorium. Buildings were designed in the Mid-Century Modern style with low-pitched shed roofs, stucco and stone cladding, covered exterior walkways, and exterior classroom access. The campus retains an indoor-outdoor finger plan, and most outdoor spaces are paved for recreational purposes. Mature trees are located along the perimeter of the original campus buildings. Alterations include the addition of several classroom buildings to the north half of the campus."

External System References

SurveyLA ID: 179dcc7c-081c-4ed9-83e7-a2f87b3b34bc

Resource Significance

Evaluation Details

Date Evaluated
2016-01-29
Context/Theme
Public and Private Institutional Development, 1850-1980
Education, 1876-1980
Public Schools and the LAUSD, 1876-1980
Post WWII Schools, 1946-1966
Institutional - Education
Elementary School
Eligibility Standards
  • Retains most of the essential character-defining features from the period of significance
  • Sprawling clusters of buildings connected by covered walkways
  • Close relationship of classrooms to outdoor spaces
  • Built in residential neighborhoods on large expanses of land devoted to landscaping and playing fields
  • Original campus design needs to be substantially intact
  • May have been designed by a prominent architect of the period
  • Typically one-story, open-air plan (particularly elementary schools)
  • Open courtyards and patios
  • Integrity Aspects
    Location
    Workmanship
    Feeling
    Retains sufficient integrity to convey significance
    Design
    Association
    Materials
    Setting
    California Historic Resources Status Codes (explanation of codes)
    5S3
    3CS
    3S
    Significance Statement
    "Excellent example of a post-World War II Los Angeles Unified School District elementary school campus, reflecting LAUSD school planning and design concepts of the postwar period and the increase in facilities to accommodate postwar growth in Baldwin Hills."
    Periods of Significance
    From: 1949-01-01
    To: 1951-01-01

    Date Evaluated
    2016-01-25
    Context/Theme
    Architecture and Engineering, 1850-1980
    L.A. Modernism, 1919-1980
    Post-War Modernism, 1946-1975
    Mid-Century Modernism, 1945-1975
    Institutional
    Eligibility Standards
  • Horizontal massing
  • Simple, geometric volumes
  • Flat roof, at times with wide overhanging eaves
  • Direct expression of the structural system, often wood or steel post and beam
  • Unornamented wall surfaces
  • Integrity Aspects
    Workmanship
    Setting
    Feeling
    Design
    Retains sufficient integrity to convey significance
    Materials
    Location
    Association
    California Historic Resources Status Codes (explanation of codes)
    5S3
    3CS
    3S
    Significance Statement
    Excellent example of a Mid-Century Modern-style elementary school campus designed by noted architect Robert Alexander. Original buildings retain the essential character-defining features of the style.
    Periods of Significance
    From: 1949-01-01
    To: 1951-01-01

    Related Resources

    Related Historic Resources

    None

    Related Historic Districts

    None

    Related Activities


    Related Historic Events

    None

    Related People/Organizations

    Architectural Resources Group (Surveying Firm, was surveyed by / surveyed)

    Related Information Resources

    Images
    Documents
    SurveyLA: West Adams-Baldwin Hills-Leimert Historic Resources Survey Report (Document/Text, is referred to in / refers to)