Resource Description

Resource Summary

Names
Marlborough Park Residential Historic District (Primary)
Marlborough Park (Alternative)
Resource Types
District
Important Dates
No dates recorded
Keywords (Subjects)
automobile
car
suburbanization
Post World War II
Paul Duncan
Midland Properties
1950s
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)
GREATER VALLEY GLEN COUNCIL (Neighborhood Council)
VALLEY GLEN NEIGHBORHOOD (Neighborhood)

Classification

Classification
Type: Residential District
Related Features
No features recorded

Resource Descriptions

General Description
Located in the South Valley Glen area of the San Fernando Valley, the Marlborough Park Historic District is a tract of Ranch houses that comprises a five-block-long subdivision on Hatteras St, three cul-du-sacs (Collins St., Waddell St., and Miranda St.) and one dead end street (Martha St.). All five blocks extend eastward from Coldwater Canyon Ave., a small street separated from Coldwater Canyon Blvd. by a landscaped median. The historic district's eastern side is bounded by a large undeveloped parcel used for radio transmission towers. There are 63 buildings within the historic district boundaries; of these, 83% are contributors to the historic district. The Marlborough Park subdivision was developed in 1952-1953 by Midland Properties. It is an exemplary postwar residential subdivision, with cul-de-sacs limiting automobile traffic and shallow, open front lawns. The streets are lined with crape myrtle and magnolias trees. The historic district's houses are one-story single family residences in the Traditional Ranch style. They are set back from the street with shallow front lawns and are horizontally oriented on their lots. The historic district has a mix of front-facing attached garages and rear detached garages accessed by driveways. The houses share typical Traditional Ranch features including low-pitched gabled roofs with exposed rafters; dovecotes; diamond pane windows; decorative brackets; lantern-style light posts; and a combination of board and batten, clapboard, and brick cladding.

Summary of Significance
The Marlborough Park Historic District is an excellent example of a 1950s Traditional Ranch neighborhood, representing a distinctive Los Angeles neighborhood type. It is part of a larger pattern of automobile-centered suburban development in the San Fernando Valley. Designed by Paul Duncan, a prolific subdivision architect, the historic district illustrates the rapid growth of residential areas in the postwar period as well as the popularity of the Traditional Ranch style. Its period of significance is 1952-1953, corresponding with the dates of its development. Of the 63 buildings within the historic district boundary, approximately 52 buildings (83%) are contributors to the historic district. The historic district retains the features of its single-family subdivision, including the cul-de-sac street plan, residential areas separated from busy thoroughfares and from the regular street grid, wide streets, house setbacks, sidewalks, and landscaping. Its contributors retain the character-defining features of the Traditional Ranch style, with alterations limited to window and door replacements; the addition of security doors and windows; and roof material replacement (composition shingle). Despite their alterations, the historic district's non-contributors retain the original setbacks, plans, volume, massing, and scale. There are no major visual intrusions or incompatible infill. The subdivision was planned by Midland Properties, a major residential developer, and its houses were designed by architect Paul Duncan. Working largely with Midland, Duncan designed numerous other suburban Los Angeles subdivisions in the 1950s and 1960s, including subdivisions in Lakewood, Downey, and Norwalk. His designs were referred to as the "California Contemporary farmhouse" style, and he designed hundreds of two to three bedroom one-story homes for the area's growing postwar population. Midland Properties heavily advertised Marlborough Park as an attractive modern subdivision with all the latest fixtures, and touted the ten different designs Duncan had created to give the neighborhood a diverse appearance. Among its selling points were its easy accessibility from major thoroughfares like Burbank Boulevard, and its proximity to schools, Hollywood, and the major regional shopping center Valley Plaza. The subdivision was extremely popular, with its houses selling as soon as they were built. The Marlborough Park historic district is an excellent example of a 1950s Ranch house subdivision in South Valley Glen, notable for its retention of its original residences and tract features.


External System References

SurveyLA ID: 713e3e84-c216-4dc0-8b25-b9546d7a10e9

Resource Significance

Evaluation Details

Date Evaluated
2012-08-17
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
  • 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
  • Retains the original design concept
  • Was developed during the period of significance
  • Repaving of streets and sidewalks and some loss of street trees acceptable
  • May be strategically located for easy freeway access
  • 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
  • Contributors may represent one or more styles of the Ranch House type
  • Composed primarily of single-family residences, typically one-story in height
  • 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
  • Landscape of individual properties may be a significant aspect of the overall design concept
  • May also be significant under a theme within the Architecture context
  • Integrity Aspects
    Retains sufficient integrity to convey significance
    Association
    Location
    Setting
    Materials
    Design
    Workmanship
    Feeling
    California Historic Resources Status Codes (explanation of codes)
    5S3
    3S
    3CS
    Significance Statement
    Excellent example of a post-war Ranch house subdivision featuring single-family homes. Exemplifies planning principles of post-war suburban residential development.
    Periods of Significance
    From: 1952-01-01
    To: 1953-12-31

    Date Evaluated
    2013-02-13
    Context/Theme
    Architecture and Engineering, 1850-1980
    Housing the Masses, 1880-1975
    Ranch House Neighborhoods, 1938-1975
    Post-War Suburb
    Subdivision
    Eligibility Standards
  • Primarily comprised of one-story residences
  • Because Ranch House neighborhoods are common in Los Angeles, eligible examples must include a majority of residences which embody the distinctive characteristics of the Ranch House type and styles
  • Conveys a strong visual sense of overall historic environment from the period of significance
  • May include one or a full range of Ranch House types and styles
  • Must retain the majority of the original planning features including street patterns, buildings setbacks, landscape or street features
  • Was developed during the period of significance
  • Streets often curvilinear with cul-de-sacs
  • May also be evaluated as significant within the Post WWII Suburbanization theme
  • District boundaries will typically follow the original subdivision plates, although vacant parcels and non-contributing buildings may be excluded along the perimeters
  • Within districts, the threshold of integrity for contributing properties is defined as the ability of a particular building to reflect the architectural style and form that it would have possessed at the time of construction
  • Residences with second-story or large one-story additions are non-contributing
  • Physical infrastructure such as curbing, street lights, street trees, and other amenities will ideally be present if they existed originally
  • District as a whole should retain integrity of Location, Setting, Design, Workmanship, Feeling, and Materials
  • An accumulation of minor alterations may render a residence non-contributing
  • Garages may be attached or unattached
  • Integrity Aspects
    Association
    Location
    Retains sufficient integrity to convey significance
    Design
    Setting
    Materials
    Feeling
    Workmanship
    California Historic Resources Status Codes (explanation of codes)
    3CS
    5S3
    3S
    Significance Statement
    Excellent example of a Ranch house district with Traditional Ranch style houses. The buildings in the district retain the distinctive features of the style.
    Periods of Significance
    From: 1952-01-01
    To: 1953-12-31

    Related Resources

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    12830 W HATTERAS ST (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    12832 W MIRANDA ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12801 W MIRANDA ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12828 W WADDELL ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12818 W HATTERAS ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12817 W COLLINS ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12816 W WADDELL ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12820 W COLLINS ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12815 W MIRANDA ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12840 W MIRANDA ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12843 W MIRANDA ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
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    12811 W COLLINS ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12801 W COLLINS ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12809 W MARTHA ST (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    12800 W WADDELL ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12826 W MARTHA ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12829 W MARTHA ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12835 W MIRANDA ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12836 W WADDELL ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12844 W HATTERAS ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12837 W MARTHA ST (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    12822 W WADDELL ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12820 W MIRANDA ST (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    12850 W HATTERAS ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12802 W COLLINS ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12810 W WADDELL ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12831 W COLLINS ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12834 W COLLINS ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12811 W WADDELL ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12814 W COLLINS ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12823 W MARTHA ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12840 W MARTHA ST (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    12805 W MIRANDA ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12820 W MARTHA ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12829 W MIRANDA ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12801 W MARTHA ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12823 W COLLINS ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12800 W MARTHA ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12823 W MIRANDA ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12828 W COLLINS ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
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    12814 W MIRANDA ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12815 W MARTHA ST (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    12819 W WADDELL ST (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    12839 W WADDELL ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12808 W MIRANDA ST (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
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    12826 W MIRANDA ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12824 W HATTERAS ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12836 W HATTERAS ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12801 W WADDELL ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12825 W WADDELL ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12804 W WADDELL ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12805 W COLLINS ST (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    12804 W HATTERAS ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12802 W MIRANDA ST (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    12831 W WADDELL ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12810 W HATTERAS ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12808 W MARTHA ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    12834 W MARTHA ST (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    12809 W MIRANDA ST (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)