Resource Description

Resource Summary

Names
Goodland Alcove Residential Historic District (Primary)
Resource Types
District
Important Dates
No dates recorded
Keywords (Subjects)
suburbanization
Traditional Ranch
Contemporary Ranch
car
Ranch
1950s
Post World War II
1960s
automobile

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 Goodland-Alcove Residential Historic District is a historic district of Ranch-style single-family houses with multi-family residences at its edges. The single family houses face Alcove Avenue, Bessemer Street, and Delano Street, and the apartment buildings face Oxnard Street, Coldwater Canyon Avenue, and Goodland Avenue. There are 62 buildings within the historic district boundaries; of these, 82% are contributors to the historic district. The historic district is largely located along a curvilinear street on the flat floor of the valley, with tract features including sidewalks, uniform setbacks, modest lot sizes, open front lawns, and mature trees. It developed from south to north between 1953 and 1967, and most of the mature trees are in the older portion. The multi-family buildings face the larger streets and are mostly paired as courtyard apartments with central common areas. Both attached and detached rear garages are present. All of the single-family and multi-family contributors are one-story Ranch style buildings; most are Traditional Ranch in style, with one Cinderella Ranch and some Contemporary Ranch houses in the northern part of the historic district. Character-defining features include low-pitched gabled roofs; diamond pane windows; dovecotes; decorative brackets and shutters; and board and batten, clapboard, stucco, and brick cladding. Some two-story buildings are present in the northern part of the historic district, and the general scale is larger there.

Summary of Significance
The Goodland-Alcove Historic District is an excellent example of a 1950s-1960s Ranch style subdivision, accommodating various types of occupants with both single-family and multi-family residences. It is part of a larger pattern of automobile-centered suburban development in the San Fernando Valley and illustrates the rapid growth of the Valley Glen (North Hollywood) area in the postwar period. It also demonstrates the popularity of the Traditional Ranch style at this time and place, and the style's applicability to different property types. Its period of significance is 1953-1967, corresponding with the dates of its development. Of the 62 buildings within the historic district boundary approximately 51 buildings (82%) are contributors to the historic district. The unnamed tracts in which the historic district is located were subdivided by multiple owners between 1953 and 1956. One of the owners, Fillmore P. Crank, was a North Hollywood builder-developer who worked on subdivisions, apartment complexes, and commercial properties in the 1960s and early 1970s. The historic district's houses do not appear to have been constructed or marketed as a single entity. This is reflected in the architectural character of the historic district; despite the consistency of massing, setbacks, and style, no two houses are identical. The historic district is very close to major thoroughfares Coldwater Canyon Avenue, Oxnard Street, Victory Boulevard, and Whitsett Avenue. The Hollywood Freeway (SR 170) is also nearby, and its late 1960s completion was a likely driver of the historic district's later development. The Goodland-Alcove Historic District offered residents easy access to automobile routes that connected to the business districts in downtown and Hollywood. Alterations to buildings within the historic district include window and door replacements, security bars added to doors and windows, the replacement of some original cladding, and additions to the rear and side facades. There has been some inappropriate infill, including several second-story additions to front facades that are incompatible with the scale of the historic district. As a whole, however, the historic district retains its historic features and character. It is significant as an intact example of a 1950s-1960s residential suburb in Valley Glen, and exemplifies this period and type of development with both single-family and multi-family buildings in the Ranch style.


External System References

SurveyLA ID: cd354836-a0e3-46e4-9ff0-e134b1edf220

Resource Significance

Evaluation Details

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
  • Must retain the majority of the original planning features including street patterns, buildings setbacks, landscape or street features
  • Streets often curvilinear with cul-de-sacs
  • District boundaries will typically follow the original subdivision plates, although vacant parcels and non-contributing buildings may be excluded along the perimeters
  • Physical infrastructure such as curbing, street lights, street trees, and other amenities will ideally be present if they existed originally
  • Primarily comprised of one-story residences
  • May include some multi-family residential types
  • Garages may be attached or unattached
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Integrity Aspects
    Feeling
    Association
    Workmanship
    Materials
    Retains sufficient integrity to convey significance
    Location
    Design
    Setting
    California Historic Resources Status Codes (explanation of codes)
    5S3
    3CS
    Significance Statement
    Excellent concentration of Ranch house architecture, featuring predominently single-family houses with multi-family residences on its perimeter. Exhibits high quality of design and distinctive features. Not eligible for the National Register at this time because the majority of its buildings are not yet 50 years of age or of exceptional importance.
    Periods of Significance
    From: 1953-01-01
    To: 1967-12-31

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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)