Resource Description

Resource Summary

Names
Denny-Cartwright Residential Historic District (Primary)
Resource Types
District
Important Dates
No dates recorded
Keywords (Subjects)
1940s
French Norman Revival
Spanish Colonial Revival
Tudor Revival
1930s
1920
Period Revival
car

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 4 (Council District)
GREATER TOLUCA LAKE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL (Neighborhood Council)
N. HOLLYWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD (Neighborhood)

Classification

Classification
Type: Residential District
Related Features
No features recorded

Resource Descriptions

General Description
The Denny-Cartwright Residential Historic District is a two and a half block-long historic district of single-family residences in the North Toluca Lake area of the San Fernando Valley. The historic district includes the three blocks along the east side of Denny Avenue and three blocks on both sides of Cartwright Avenue. The southern boundary is Sarah Street and the northern boundary is an alley just south of Camarillo Street. Blix Street and Hortense Street cross through the historic district. There are 57 buildings within the historic district boundaries; of these, 42 contribute to the historic district's significance. The historic district is located on the flat valley floor and fits into the regular street grid. Its one-story houses sit on modest lots and are set back from the street with front lawns (some now partially or totally enclosed with low walls, fences, or hedges). Most of the buildings have detached rear garages accessed by driveways at the sides of their lots. Historically developed as a single tract, the historic district features sidewalks and mature trees including large pepper and eucalyptus. The range of styles within the historic district reflect the relatively long period of the development from 1925-1945. District contributors represent a variety of Period Revival styles, including Tudor Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival, and French Norman Revival. Later buildings in the historic district are Minimal Traditional in style. Later infill includes houses constructed in the Traditional Ranch style.

Summary of Significance
The Denny-Cartwright Residential Historic District is significant as an excellent example of an early automobile suburb in Toluca Lake. The historic district retains overall integrity with intact residences and tract features. Its contributors retain their original plans, massing, scale, style, and character-defining features. The period of significance for the historic district is 1925 to 1945, which captures its major periods of development and the period of time during which the majority of its buildings were constructed. Of the 57 buildings within the historic district boundary approximately 42 buildings (74%) contribute to the historic district. The tract in which the historic district is located was subdivided by David Kidson in 1923. It had no formal tract or subdivision name. No information has been found indicating the subdivision was constructed or marketed as an individual entity. Instead, individuals purchased lots and made their own design and building arrangements. This is reflected in the architectural character of the historic district; despite the consistency of massing, setbacks, and features such as rear detached garages, no two houses are stylistically identical. The historic district is centrally located near Camarillo Street, Cahuenga Boulevard, Riverside Boulevard, and Lankershim Boulevard. It was in easy walking distance from the Pacific Electric Railway line (and later motorcoach route) on Lankershim and Vineland, suggesting its early development was based on access to streetcar and public transportation as well as automobile routes. The presence of garages indicates that even in the 1920s the area's residents relied on automobiles as a mode of transportation. Alterations to buildings within the historic district include rear and side additions; window and door replacements; recladding; porch enclosures; garage door replacement; and some alterations to window and door openings. Infill from the 1940s to the 1960s largely matches the scale and massing of earlier buildings, and does not have an adverse visual impact on the historic district's character. The historic district retains its historic character and feel and is an excellent example of an early automobile suburb in the North Hollywood area of the east San Fernando Valley.


External System References

SurveyLA ID: abed923c-2ec6-4add-955b-7da894268b3b

Resource Significance

Evaluation Details

Date Evaluated
2013-02-13
Context/Theme
Residential Development and Suburbanization, 1850-1980
Automobile Suburbanization, 1908-1937
Suburban Planning and Development, 1908-1937
Automobile Suburb
Subdivision
Eligibility Standards
  • Developed primarily with single-family residences from the period of significance
  • Within districts, the threshold of integrity for contributing properties is defined as the ability of a particular residence to reflect the architectural style and form that it would have possessed at the time of construction
  • Demonstrates early response of personal automobile use on suburban development
  • Infill development allowed if it does not disrupt the residential character
  • Original streetscape features, such as street trees and lights, may be missing in limited amounts
  • Some contributors may have been moved into the area
  • As a whole, retains the essential physical and character-defining features from the period of significance
  • Demonstrated historic affiliation with automobile transit, either through widespread advertisement, original planning documents, or newspaper articles
  • Early examples may be located near a streetcar route so that both methods of transit could be used by residents
  • May also be significant under themes within the Architecture context
  • Rectilinear design
  • Street improvements such as curb and gutter, historic streetlights, sidewalks, parkways and street trees common
  • Streetscape and contributors possess original design elements intended to support personal automobile use such as garages and driveways
  • A single residential tract or subdivision, or part thereof, recorded by a subdivider
  • Conveys a strong visual sense of overall historic environment from the period of significance
  • Should retain integrity of Feeling, Setting, Design, Location, and Association
  • Integrity Aspects
    Feeling
    Retains sufficient integrity to convey significance
    Location
    Design
    Materials
    Association
    Setting
    Workmanship
    California Historic Resources Status Codes (explanation of codes)
    3S
    5S3
    3CS
    Significance Statement
    Excellent example of an early automobile suburb of single family homes in the South San Fernando Valley. Represents automobile-centric residential suburban planning in North Toluca Lake during the 1920s, 30s and early 40s.
    Periods of Significance
    From: 1925-01-01
    To: 1945-12-31

    Related Resources

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    4731 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4654 N DENNY AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4603 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4724 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    10720 W HORTENSE ST (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4619 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4640 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4724 N DENNY AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4622 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4707 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    4644 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4618 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4650 N DENNY AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4654 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4649 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4730 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    4618 N DENNY AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4656 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4720 N DENNY AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4702 N DENNY AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4706 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    4612 N DENNY AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4725 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    4623 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4700 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Potential Contributor, is a potential contributor to / has as a possible contributor)
    4644 N DENNY AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4604 N DENNY AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4746 N DENNY AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4660 N DENNY AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4710 N DENNY AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4608 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    4706 N DENNY AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4641 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    4661 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4609 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4701 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4720 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    4645 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4602 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4716 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4655 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4717 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    4640 N DENNY AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    4740 N DENNY AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4612 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4716 N DENNY AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4613 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    10720 W BLIX ST (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    4608 N DENNY AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4710 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4634 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    4634 N DENNY AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    4635 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    4650 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Non-Contributor, is a non-contributor to / has as a non-contributor)
    4711 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4721 N CARTWRIGHT AVE (Building, District Contributor, is a contributor to / has as a contributor)
    4550 N DENNY 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)