Resource Report

Historic Resource Summary

Names
Department of Water and Power Receiving Station E (Primary)
Department of Water and Power Receiving Station E (Historic)
5900 N CAHUENGA BLVD (Alternative)
Important Dates
1938-01-01 (Built Date)
Images
Department of Water and Power Receiving Station E - PHOTO
Resource Types
Building
Architect
Builder
Owner

Location Information

Addresses
5900 N CAHUENGA BLVD Primary
5836 N CAHUENGA BLVD Alternative
5740 N WHITNALL HWY Alternative
5800 N CAHUENGA BLVD Alternative
5700 N WHITNALL HWY Alternative
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)
MID-TOWN NORTH HOLLYWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL (Neighborhood Council)
N. HOLLYWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD (Neighborhood)

Resource Description

Classification
Type: Infrastructure-Water & Power, Utility Building (Water, Electrical Power, Natural Gas)   Use: Historic     Style: Moderne, PWA    
Type: California OHP Resource Attribute - HP09. Public utility building          
Features
Component: Cladding Type: Stucco, smooth Material: none defined
Component: Construction Type: Concrete, poured/precast Material: none defined
Component: Door Type: Decorative hardware; Decorative surround; Paneled; Double; Pilasters Material: Wood
Component: Door Type: Security door; Decorative hardware; Metal screen Material: Metal
Component: Entryway Type: Stoop Material: Stucco Concrete
Component: Façade Type: Symmetrical Material: none defined
Component: Plan Type: Rectangular Material: none defined
Component: Roof Type: Flat Material: none defined
Component: Window Type: Hopper; Decorative surround; Paired; Divided lights Material: Metal

Narrative Description

No description available
Alterations
Appears to be unaltered

Resource Significance

Evaluation Details

Date Evaluated
2012-06-24
Context/Theme
Public and Private Institutional Development, 1850-1980
Government Infrastructure and Services, 1850-1980
Municipal Water and Power, 1916-1980
Distributing and Receiving Stations, 1916-1980
Institutional - Infrastructure
Receiving Station
Eligibility Standards
  • Retains most of the essential character-defining features from the period of significance
  • May include significant landscaping including large, manicured lawns
  • Generally a two-story rectangular box with a flat roof
  • Few or no windows on facade
  • Designed in popular architectural styles including Classical Revival, WPA Moderne, International Style, Arts Deco, Streamline Moderne
  • Designed as neighborhood landmarks which fit into the fabric of a community
  • Exemplifies the beautification requirements set by the City Arts Commission
  • Receiving Stations are even numbered
  • Constructed of brick, concrete or stone veneer
  • Industrial steel sash windows on side elevations
  • Is also evaluated as significant under a theme within the Architecture context
  • Was constructed between 1916 and 1980 for water and power uses
  • Is associated with Los Angeles Gas and Electric Corp., Bureau of Power and Light or the Department of Water and Power
  • Integrity Aspects
    Feeling
    Association
    Workmanship
    Materials
    Setting
    Retains sufficient integrity to convey significance
    Location
    Design
    California Historic Resources Status Codes (explanation of codes)
    5S3
    3CS
    3S
    Significance Statement
    Significant example of a Dept. of Water and Power receiving station, representing the expanding population in the San Fernando Valley and the need for municipal services in the area. Retains distinctive features of the property type and building standards of the LADWP at the time.
    Periods of Significance
    From: 1938-01-01

    Date Evaluated
    2013-02-12
    Context/Theme
    Architecture and Engineering, 1850-1980
    L.A. Modernism, 1919-1980
    Related Responses to Modernism, 1924-1970
    PWA Moderne, 1929-1948
    Institutional
    Eligibility Standards
  • Flat roofs
  • Exhibits quality of design through distinctive features
  • Was constructed during the period of significance
  • Retains the essential character defining features of the PWA Moderne style from the period of significance
  • May have regional influence, exhibiting characteristics of the Spanish Colonial Revival or Mediterranean Revival style
  • Stripped appearance with minimal ornamentation, including some zigzags, medallions, or plaster reliefs
  • Windows arranged in vertical recessed bays
  • Smooth wall surfaces, such as stucco, marble, terrazzo, polished stone (and brick, although rare)
  • Formal symmetry and massing
  • Emphasis on verticality
  • Integrity Aspects
    Association
    Feeling
    Workmanship
    Materials
    Setting
    Design
    Retains sufficient integrity to convey significance
    Location
    California Historic Resources Status Codes (explanation of codes)
    5S3
    3S
    3CS
    Significance Statement
    Excellent example of PWA Moderne architecture. Exhibits high quality of design, with some Art Deco and Egyptian Revival elements.
    Periods of Significance
    From: 1938-01-01

    External References

    External System References

    SurveyLA ID: efbac815-7cf5-482c-a087-1217175dd33d
    Property Identification Number: 174B177 26
    Property Identification Number: 174B177 76
    Property Identification Number: 174B177 76
    Property Identification Number: 174B177 76
    Property Identification Number: 174B177 76
    House ID: 1054302

    Related Resources

    Related Historic Resources

    None

    Related Historic Districts

    None

    Related Activities


    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)