Resource Description

Resource Summary

Names
Vantage Avenue Multi-Family Residential Historic District (Primary)
Resource Types
District
Important Dates
No dates recorded
Keywords (Subjects)
Traditional Ranch
Ranch
Post World War II
apartments
suburbanization
fourplex
Colonial Revival
1950s
Minimal Ranch

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
The Vantage Avenue Multi-Family Residential Historic District is a block-long historic district of 1950s multi-family residences along Vantage Avenue. It lies between Weddington St. and Chandler Blvd. in the West Valley Village area of the San Fernando Valley. There are 18 buildings within the historic district boundaries; of these, 89% are contributors to the historic district. The historic district fits into the regular street grid, situated on the flat valley floor. All of its buildings are multi-family residential, and all but one are two stories in height. They have consistent setbacks with shallow front lawns, sidewalks, and curbs. Most have driveways running to detached rear carports, except for two with front driveways accessing garages that encompass the first floor of the building. The east side of Vantage has large mature trees on parcel lawns, while the west side has smaller trees (mostly magnolia) in the grassy strip between the sidewalk and the street. The historic district was developed between 1953 and 1957 in the Traditional Ranch and American Colonial Revival styles. The American Colonial Revival style fourplexes are all on Vantage's east side and feature broken pediments over central front entries, large porticos, and bay windows. The Traditional Ranch style apartments are on the west side of Vantage and feature side entrances, board and batten/stucco cladding, prominent brick chimneys, and decorative brackets and bargeboards. A few of the Ranch style buildings are paired, with common courtyard areas or a shared driveway.

Summary of Significance
The Vantage Avenue Multi-Family Residential Historic District is an excellent example of a multi-family residential subdivision developed in the 1950s to provide housing for the growing population of Valley. Its contributors retain their original plans, massing, scale, style, and character-defining features. The period of significance for the historic district is 1953 to 1957, which captures its major period of development and the period of time during which its buildings were constructed. Of the 18 buildings within the historic district boundary approximately 16 buildings (89%) are contributors to the historic district. The buildings on the east side of Vantage are all very similar American Colonial fourplexes. The buildings on the west side are all similar Traditional Ranch apartments. This indicates development of multiple properties by the same owner, and use of the same design on multiple parcels. The unnamed tracts in which the historic district is located were subdivided in 1952 and 1953; the largest tract had 19 owners (presumably representing individual lots or small groups of lots). Historic aerial photographs show the east side of Vantage was developed slightly earlier than the west side. No information has been found suggesting the subdivision was marketed as a single named entity. The historic district's residents were renters, and it is difficult to find specific demographic information about the first residents. The Vantage historic district is very close to major thoroughfares Chandler Boulevard, Magnolia Boulevard, and Laurel Canyon Boulevard, giving its residents easy access to automobile routes that linked the San Fernando Valley with film and television studios, Hollywood, and downtown Los Angeles. Alterations in the historic district are few, including window and door replacements, recladding, and addition of security doors. The historic district's landscaping and contributors retain their historic character and feel, and are readily recognizable as part of a 1950s multi-family residential historic district.


External System References

SurveyLA ID: 4045a8fb-0301-4adf-b4ce-00fefa478a8a

Resource Significance

Evaluation Details

Date Evaluated
2013-02-13
Context/Theme
Residential Development and Suburbanization, 1850-1980
Multi-Family Residential Development, 1910-1980
Multi-Family Residential, 1910-1980
Multi-Family Residential District, 1910-1980
Residential-Multi Family
Multi-Family District
Eligibility Standards
  • May include some buildings constructed outside the period of significance
  • As a whole, should retain integrity of Location, Design, Setting (the relationship between the buildings and landscapes), and Feeling
  • Contributors to a district may have a greater degree of alteration than individually significant properties
  • Retains sufficient integrity to convey significance of the district as a whole
  • Retains original planning features including street patterns, building setbacks, landscape or street features
  • Contains a substantial number of properties that are good examples of architectural styles of the period
  • Conveys a strong visual sense of the overall historic environment from its period of significance
  • May also be significant within themes related to streetcar, automobile, or freeway suburbanization
  • Retains most of the essential character-defining features of the type from the period of significance
  • Unified entity composed of a substantial number of properties originally constructed as multiple-family residences during the period of significance
  • Contains a substantial number of buildings constructed during the period of significance
  • Is a definable geographic area composed of related properties
  • Is a good representation of multiple-family residential development from a specified time period
  • Possesses a significant concentration, linkage or continuity of buildings united historically or aesthetically by plan or physical development
  • May be composed of a single multiple-family residential property type or a variety of types
  • Integrity Aspects
    Design
    Association
    Feeling
    Workmanship
    Setting
    Location
    Materials
    Retains sufficient integrity to convey significance
    California Historic Resources Status Codes (explanation of codes)
    5S3
    3S
    3CS
    Significance Statement
    Excellent example of a 1950s multi-family residential district with buildings representing Traditional Ranch, Minimal Traditional, and Colonial Revival styles. Exemplifies multi-family residential development in the San Fernando Valley during this time, with low-scale buildings that fit into the prevailing low-density character of the area while accommodating multiple families.
    Periods of Significance
    From: 1953-01-01
    To: 1957-12-31

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    5319 N VANTAGE AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
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    5306 N VANTAGE AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5324 N VANTAGE AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5335 N VANTAGE AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
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    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)