Resource Description

Resource Summary

Names
Otsego Residential Historic District (Primary)
Resource Types
District
Important Dates
No dates recorded
Keywords (Subjects)
Post World War II
Minimal Traditional
Tudor Revival
Colonial Revival
Ranch
Traditional Ranch
suburbanization
1950s
1930s
1940s

Location Information

Addresses
Location Description
No descriptions recorded
Administrative Areas
North Hollywood - Valley Village Community Plan Area (Community Plan Area)
Los Angeles City Council District 2 (Council District)
NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL VALLEY VILLAGE (Neighborhood Council)
VALLEY VILLAGE NEIGHBORHOOD (Neighborhood)

Classification

Classification
Type: Residential District
Related Features
No features recorded

Resource Descriptions

General Description
Located in the Valley Village area of the San Fernando Valley, the Otsego Residential Historic District is a four block wide historic district of single-family residences. It is bounded by Magnolia Boulevard on the north and Otsego Street on the south, and its houses face on Bellaire Avenue, Teesdale Avenue, Beeman Avenue, and Babcock Avenue. There are 61 buildings within the historic district boundaries; of these, 64% are contributors to the historic district. Developed between 1937 and 1953, the Otsego District sits on the flat valley floor and its streets fit into the area's regular grid. Tract features include mature sycamore trees, streets with no sidewalks or curbs, and modest lot sizes. Earlier houses have a side driveway running to a rear detached garage and later houses have attached garages. They are uniformly set back from the street with open front lawns, some of which have been partially or fully enclosed by low walls, fences, or hedges. The historic district's contributors are one-story single-family residences in a mix of styles, mostly Traditional Ranch and Minimal Traditional with a few American Colonial Revival and Tudor Revival. Many of the Ranch-style houses are fairly early and feature steeply pitched roofs and narrow plans. Recent infill and second-story additions had a minor visual impact on the historic district, but its contributing buildings share the same scale, massing, volume, and setback.

Summary of Significance
The Otsego Residential Historic District is significant as an excellent example of a postwar suburb in Valley Village. It has a variety of architectural styles and is not associated with a particular developer, but is a typical subdivision development of its time period and is a good illustration of the growth patterns that changed the nature of the San Fernando Valley between the 1930s and the 1950s. The historic district's period of significance is 1937-1953, corresponding with the time period during which its houses were constructed. Of the 61 buildings within the historic district boundary approximately 39 buildings (64%) are contributors to the historic district. Most of the historic district is part of one tract, subdivided by its owner Clara J. Dunlap in 1937; the only portion not in that tract is the western side of Bellaire Avenue, subdivided in 1934 by owners including Charles F. and Mary L. Evans and Ross H. Daily. Dunlap lived in the historic district, in a one-story house constructed at 5150 Teesdale Avenue in 1937. Her house has been significantly altered and is a non-contributor. The subdivision does not appear to have been developed or marketed as an individual entity. This is reflected in the architectural character of the historic district; despite the consistency of massing, setbacks, and features such as side driveways, no two houses are identical. The historic district is near major thoroughfares Magnolia Boulevard, Chandler Boulevard, Whitsett Avenue, Coldwater Canyon Avenue, and the 101 (Ventura) Freeway. Its residents could easily access major San Fernando Valley transportation routes, as well as nearby commercial areas, via automobile. Many of the houses within the historic district have been altered with door and window replacements, changes to window and door surrounds, porch enclosures, additions, recladding, and garage door replacements. Second-story additions and new construction of large two-story modern houses have visually impacted the historic district. Because of the alterations and infill, the historic district does not meet the integrity threshold to be eligible for listing in the National or California Registers, but as a whole appears to retain sufficient integrity for local eligibility. With its consistent form, massing, and architectural vocabulary, the historic district retains a distinct sense of time and place from the period of significance.


External System References

SurveyLA ID: 403d5e7b-c827-45b6-b38a-6f20ef5db1a3

Resource Significance

Evaluation Details

Date Evaluated
2013-02-13
Context/Theme
Residential Development and Suburbanization, 1850-1980
Post-War Suburbanization, 1938-1975
Suburban Planning and Development, 1938-1975
Post-War Suburb
Subdivision(s)
Eligibility Standards
  • Retains the original design concept
  • Overall subdivision layout remains intact including street patterns, setbacks, massing, scale and streetscape
  • Was developed during the period of significance
  • District as a whole should retain integrity of Design, Feeling, Setting and Association
  • Repaving of streets and sidewalks and some loss of street trees acceptable
  • Composed primarily of single-family residences, typically one-story in height
  • Contributors may represent one or more styles of the Ranch House type
  • Conveys a strong visual sense of the overall historic environment from its period of significance
  • Demonstrates design reflecting FHA approved subdivision concepts including street layout (often curvilinear), uniform street width, sidewalks, light standards, lot sizes and setbacks
  • Planned and located within a larger suburban area that provides community amentities such as shopping centers
  • Varied house plans and elevations
  • As a whole, is an early and/or important example of Post WWII suburban design
  • Integrity Aspects
    Association
    Retains sufficient integrity to convey significance
    Location
    Design
    Setting
    Materials
    Feeling
    Workmanship
    California Historic Resources Status Codes (explanation of codes)
    5S3
    Significance Statement
    Significant as representing the 1930s-1950s suburban pattern of development in the area, representing the growth of the South San Fernando Valley in the immediate pre- and post-war era. Due to infill and some alterations to individual buildings, may not retain sufficient integrity for National Register or California Register eligibility.
    Periods of Significance
    From: 1937-01-01
    To: 1953-12-31

    Related Resources

    Related Historic Resources

    5116 N BEEMAN AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5145 N BELLAIRE AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5110 N BABCOCK AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5121 N BELLAIRE AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5149 N BEEMAN AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5155 N TEESDALE AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5111 N BABCOCK AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5100 N TEESDALE AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5150 N TEESDALE AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5132 N BABCOCK AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5119 N BEEMAN AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5133 N BEEMAN AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5149 N BABCOCK AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5100 N BABCOCK AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5155 N BABCOCK AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5138 N BEEMAN AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5123 N TEESDALE AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5134 N BEEMAN AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5139 N BELLAIRE AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5111 N BEEMAN AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5123 N BEEMAN AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5103 N BABCOCK AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5129 N BELLAIRE AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5140 N BELLAIRE AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5113 N BELLAIRE AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5133 N BABCOCK AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5102 N BEEMAN AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5110 N TEESDALE AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5111 N TEESDALE AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5155 N BEEMAN AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5103 N BELLAIRE AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5123 N BELLAIRE AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5118 N BABCOCK AVE (Building, District Potential Contributor, is a potential contributor to / has as a possible contributor)
    5116 N TEESDALE AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5133 N TEESDALE AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5149 N TEESDALE AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5140 N TEESDALE AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5156 N TEESDALE AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5109 N BELLAIRE AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5110 N BELLAIRE AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5150 N BEEMAN AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5126 N BELLAIRE AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5134 N TEESDALE AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5125 N BABCOCK AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5100 N BELLAIRE AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5139 N TEESDALE AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5119 N TEESDALE AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5103 N TEESDALE AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5123 N BABCOCK AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5150 N BELLAIRE AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5124 N TEESDALE AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5118 N BELLAIRE AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5124 N BABCOCK AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5130 N BELLAIRE AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5139 N BEEMAN AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12706 W MAGNOLIA BLVD (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5122 N BEEMAN AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5103 N BEEMAN AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5141 N BABCOCK AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5156 N BELLAIRE AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5112 N BEEMAN AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)

    Related Historic Districts

    None

    Related Activities

    None

    Related Historic Events

    None

    Related People/Organizations

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

    Related Information Resources

    Images
    Documents
    SurveyLA: North Hollywood-Valley Village Historic Resources Survey Report (Document/Text, is referred to in / refers to)