Resource Description

Resource Summary

Names
Carpenter-Morella-Simpson Residential Historic District (Primary)
Resource Types
District
Important Dates
No dates recorded
Keywords (Subjects)
Traditional
Ranch
Colonial Revival
Minimal
suburbanization
1940s
Post World War II
automobile
car
Traditional 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 Carpenter-Morella-Simpson Residential Historic District is a district of 1940s one-story single family residences located in the Valley Village area of the San Fernando Valley. Bounded by Burbank Boulevard to the north and Chandler Boulevard to the south, the historic district's houses line Carpenter Avenue, Simpson Avenue, and Morella Avenue. Lot sizes within the historic district are modest and all of the buildings are set back from the street with front lawns. There are 96 buildings within the historic district boundaries; of these, 79% contribute to the historic district. All of the historic district's buildings are single-family residences. Contributors are all one story, small in scale, and consistent in their setbacks, massing, and lot coverage. They represent one period of development, from 1940 to 1948, and are mostly Minimal Traditional with a few American Colonial Revival and Traditional Ranch style houses. The majority of the houses have detached rear garages accessed by long concrete or asphalt driveways running along the side of parcels. Some houses have carports. The streets within the Carpenter-Morella-Simpson Residential Historic District are consistent with the regular street grid of the area. Mature trees of many species are present, and the streets have no sidewalks or curbs. All contributors have front lawns, some of which have been re-landscaped or enclosed by hedges, low walls, or fences.

Summary of Significance
The Carpenter-Morella-Simpson Residential Historic District is an excellent example of an early automobile suburb in Valley Village. The historic district's tract features are intact, and the majority of its buildings retain their original plans, massing, scale, style, and character-defining features. The period of significance for the historic district is 1940 to 1948, corresponding with its period of development. Of the 96 buildings within the historic district boundary approximately 76 buildings (79%) contribute to the historic district. The six tracts in which the Carpenter-Morella-Simpson Historic District is located were subdivided by their owners Barend and Henriette Albers and Henry and Mary Jensen between 1939 and 1942, and had no formal tract or subdivision names. The historic district's houses do not appear to have been constructed as part of a unified development, but were designed and built on an individual basis. Despite the consistency of massing, setbacks, and features such as rear detached garages, no two houses are identical. Among the historic district's minor alterations are carport alterations (including the addition of garage doors) and window and door replacements. There are two examples of modern infill and a few second story additions. The historic district is located between two major thoroughfares, Burbank Boulevard and Chandler Boulevard (the latter was a Southern Pacific Railroad corridor during the period of significance). It is close to the 170 (Hollywood) Freeway, which provides easy access to Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles. The historic district's first residents could easily access major San Fernando Valley transportation routes, as well as commercial areas along Burbank Boulevard, via automobile. With its consistent form, massing, and architectural vocabulary, the Carpenter-Morella-Simpson historic district retains a distinct sense of time and place to the period of significance.


External System References

SurveyLA ID: 4a1e76d7-cfa3-4350-a294-2a3d06da459b

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
  • Was developed during the period of significance
  • District as a whole should retain integrity of Design, Feeling, Setting and Association
  • May be associated with important developers, architects and/or landscape designers
  • Overall subdivision layout remains intact including street patterns, setbacks, massing, scale and streetscape
  • 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
  • Repaving of streets and sidewalks and some loss of street trees acceptable
  • Landscape of individual properties may be a significant aspect of the overall design concept
  • Retains the original design concept
  • May be strategically located for easy freeway access
  • May have been developed over a period of 2-3 years
  • Planned and located within a larger suburban area that provides community amentities such as shopping centers
  • Varied house plans and elevations
  • A single subdivision or group of subdivisions developed by builders for mass produced houses
  • As a whole, is an early and/or important example of Post WWII suburban design
  • Demonstrates design reflecting FHA approved subdivision concepts including street layout (often curvilinear), uniform street width, sidewalks, light standards, lot sizes and setbacks
  • Integrity Aspects
    Retains sufficient integrity to convey significance
    Location
    Design
    Setting
    Workmanship
    Association
    Materials
    Feeling
    California Historic Resources Status Codes (explanation of codes)
    3CS
    3S
    5S3
    Significance Statement
    Significant and rare, intact representation of early 1940s suburban development in Valley Village. Developed just prior to the major land boom of the postwar years, this district is representative of early automobile-centric suburban development for the Valley's growing population.
    Periods of Significance
    From: 1940-01-01
    To: 1948-12-31

    Related Resources

    Related Historic Resources

    5549 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5416 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5518 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5445 N SIMPSON AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5445 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5444 N SIMPSON AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5513 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5512 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5525 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5439 N SIMPSON AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5548 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5426 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5421 N SIMPSON AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5426 N SIMPSON AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5530 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5507 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5531 N SIMPSON AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5414 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5542 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5439 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5409 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5432 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5543 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5415 N SIMPSON AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5501 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5408 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5506 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5439 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5515 N SIMPSON AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5427 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5432 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5450 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5501 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5451 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5506 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5513 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5427 N SIMPSON AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5415 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5451 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5537 N SIMPSON AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5525 N SIMPSON AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5554 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5536 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5507 N SIMPSON AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    11806 W BURBANK BLVD (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5519 N SIMPSON AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5420 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5537 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5433 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5512 N SIMPSON AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5450 N SIMPSON AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5444 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5500 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5549 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5414 N SIMPSON AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5525 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5438 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5530 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5433 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5534 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5421 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5444 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5421 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5531 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5518 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5450 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5524 N SIMPSON AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5409 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5420 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5415 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5531 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5427 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5433 N SIMPSON AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5518 N SIMPSON AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5500 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5451 N SIMPSON AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5519 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5500 N SIMPSON AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5524 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5543 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5512 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5501 N SIMPSON AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5409 N SIMPSON AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5524 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5506 N SIMPSON AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5438 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5507 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5432 N SIMPSON AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5420 N SIMPSON AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5519 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5438 N SIMPSON AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5445 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    5548 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5542 N CARPENTER AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5537 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    5426 N MORELLA AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a 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)