Resource Description

Resource Summary

Names
Moraga Drive Residential Historic District (Primary)
Resource Types
District
Important Dates
No dates recorded
Keywords (Subjects)
American Colonial Revival
street lamp
street light
Ranch
Contemporary Ranch
1930s
Cape Cod
Joseph Kelly
Arthur Kelly
1960s
1950s
1940s
Traditional Ranch

Location Information

Addresses
Location Description
No descriptions recorded
Administrative Areas
Bel Air - Beverly Crest Community Plan Area (Community Plan Area)
Los Angeles City Council District 5 (Council District)
BEL AIR-BEVERLY CREST NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL (Neighborhood Council)
BEL AIR NEIGHBORHOOD (Neighborhood)

Classification

Classification
Type: Residential District
Related Features
No features recorded

Resource Descriptions

General Description
The Moraga Drive Residential Historic District is located within the western portion of Bel Air. The district is comprised of 42 single-family residences on either side of Moraga Drive, bounded by Bellagio Road to the south and a post-1980s gated development to the north. The district is located approximately one-half mile northeast of the prominent intersection of Sepulveda and Sunset Boulevards. Moraga Drive itself is relatively level, but curving. The surrounding streets are similarly curving and frequently end in cul-de-sacs, following the topography of the area. The district is mostly comprised of one and two story single-family residences in the American Colonial Revival, Cape Cod, Traditional Ranch, and Contemporary Ranch styles. In addition to the houses, the district is further characterized by the relatively wide street, historic streetlamps, mature sycamore trees, and lack of sidewalks. The lots within the district are irregularly shaped, but each house has a consistent setback from the street, leaving room for a lawn or garden and a driveway that leads to a typically attached garage. All of the residences in the district are consistent in their massing and scale, with generally rambling, irregular plans. Contributors have a high level of integrity and retain many character-defining features of their respective styles. Of the 42 buildings in the district, 28 are contributors, and eight are non-contributors. Six could not be evaluated for lack of visibility or information.

Summary of Significance
The Moraga Drive Residential Historic District is significant as an excellent, intact concentration of post-war houses in Bel Air. The district is part of the seventh expansion of the original Bel Air subdivision. Of the 42 properties, approximately 71% are contributors. The period of significance for the district begins in 1939, the year the expansion was platted, to 1961, the year the most recent contributor was constructed. Originally, the tract extended a mile up Moraga Drive and included portions of Bellagio Drive east and west of Moraga; however, these areas do not retain sufficient integrity to be included within the district boundaries. The community was planned near a major thoroughfare, Sepulveda Boulevard, with a "village green" near Sepulveda's intersection with Moraga Drive. The village green was planned to include shops surrounding parkway planting. However, it was developed with apartments and office buildings instead. Charles B. Hopper, Alphonzo Bell's successor, served as the sales agent. Like other areas in Bel Air, the tract was marketed to affluent buyers. There was no minimum dollar amount required for improvements, but homes were to be a minimum of two-thousand square feet with designs approved by an architectural committee. A demonstration home designed by architects Arthur and Joseph Kelly was constructed at 930 Moraga Drive. The home, which is still extant and determined individually eligible, was fitted with a number of modern amenities to attract buyers. Much of Bel Air has been redeveloped and as such, the Moraga Drive Residential Historic District is a rare remaining tract with integrity and consistency within Bel Air.


External System References

SurveyLA ID: c465f647-2f7f-46a8-a9c1-cb18900aa64e

Resource Significance

Evaluation Details

Date Evaluated
2013-12-02
Context/Theme
Architecture and Engineering, 1850-1980
Housing the Masses, 1880-1975
Ranch House Neighborhoods, 1938-1975
Post-War Suburb
Neighborhood
Eligibility Standards
  • Was developed during the period of significance
  • May include more than one subdivision if they were platted at a similar period of time and contain houses designed in Ranch House styles
  • An accumulation of minor alterations may render a residence non-contributing
  • District as a whole should retain integrity of Location, Setting, Design, Workmanship, Feeling, and Materials
  • Physical infrastructure such as curbing, street lights, street trees, and other amenities will ideally be present if they existed originally
  • Residences with second-story or large one-story additions are non-contributing
  • Garages may be attached or unattached
  • Primarily comprised of one-story residences
  • Streets often curvilinear with cul-de-sacs
  • 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
  • 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
  • Integrity Aspects
    Association
    Location
    Design
    Setting
    Materials
    Feeling
    Workmanship
    Retains sufficient integrity to convey significance
    California Historic Resources Status Codes (explanation of codes)
    5S3
    3S
    3CS
    Significance Statement
    Significant concentration of custom-designed Ranch houses mostly influenced by the Cape Code and American Colonial Revival styles.
    Periods of Significance
    From: 1939-01-01
    To: 1961-12-31

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    Related Historic Districts

    None

    Related Activities

    None

    Related Historic Events

    None

    Related People/Organizations

    GPA Consulting, Inc. (Surveying Firm, was surveyed by / surveyed)

    Related Information Resources

    Images
    Documents
    SurveyLA: Bel Air-Beverly Crest Historic Resources Survey Report (Document/Text, is referred to in / refers to)