Resource Description

Resource Summary

Names
Magnolia Courtyard Apartment Historic District (Primary)
Resource Types
District
Important Dates
No dates recorded
Keywords (Subjects)
suburbanization
Ranch
Robert Sutro
North Hollywood
1940s
car
Traditional Ranch
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)
NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL VALLEY VILLAGE (Neighborhood Council)
VALLEY VILLAGE NEIGHBORHOOD (Neighborhood)

Classification

Classification
No classifications recorded
Related Features
No features recorded

Resource Descriptions

General Description
Magnolia Courtyard Apartment Historic District is a historic district of nine 1940s multi-family residential buildings on the north side of Magnolia Boulevard in the Valley Village area of the San Fernando Valley. The historic district is bounded by Irvine Avenue on the east and an alley just east of Colfax Avenue on the west. There are nine buildings within the historic district boundaries; of these, 100% are contributors to the historic district. The historic district fits into the regular street grid, situated on the flat valley floor. Its buildings, constructed between 1941 and 1942, are one-story courtyard apartments in the Traditional Ranch style. They are arranged as four sets of paired buildings with landscaped common courtyards, and one unpaired building that does not have a common courtyard but exhibits the same form and style. Some of the courtyards have mature trees arranged in allees down the central landscaped area. All of the properties are set back from the sidewalk with shallow front lawns. Detached garages are present at the rear, accessed by an alley to the north of the historic district. The buildings share similar rectangular plans and features including stucco, vertical board, and brick cladding; gabled and hipped roofs with exposed rafters; double-hung wood windows with divided lights; and decorative shutters. They are fairly early examples of Ranch style multi-family residences and feature higher-pitched roofs than seen in the classic Ranch form.

Summary of Significance
Magnolia Courtyard Apartment Historic District is an excellent example of concentration of mid-century, one-story courtyard apartments developed to provide housing for the growing population of the Valley Village area of North Hollywood. Its Traditional Ranch buildings arranged in courtyards are excellent examples of low-scale multi-family residential housing in North Hollywood. The historic district's period of significance is 1941-1942, corresponding with its period of development. Of the nine buildings within the historic district boundary, all (100%) are contributors to the historic district. The tract in which the historic district is located was subdivided by its owner Robert Sutro in 1941 and built up by 1942. Its buildings exhibit identical or complementary, mirrored designs, suggesting development of multiple properties by the same owner or builder. No information has been found suggesting the strip of buildings comprising the historic district was marketed as part of a single named entity. The historic district faces a major thoroughfare with easy access to other major routes, including the 170 (Hollywood) freeway, giving its residents easy automobile access to larger transportation networks. The historic district exemplifies the mid-century, one story court type of multi-family residential development, with central common areas, exterior access to units, and parking restricted to the rear of buildings. Alterations include security door additions, some window replacement, and the replacement of some original cladding.


External System References

SurveyLA ID: ffc8bdbf-6963-4b3d-8790-b0a369f86937

Resource Significance

Evaluation Details

Date Evaluated
2013-02-13
Context/Theme
Residential Development and Suburbanization, 1850-1980
Multi-Family Residential Development, 1910-1980
Multi-Family Residential, 1910-1980
Courtyard Apartments, 1910-1980
Residential
Mid-Century, One-Story Court
Eligibility Standards
  • Was originally constructed as a Mid-Century One-Story Court
  • Was constructed during the period of significance
  • Is one story in height
  • Is an excellent example of the type
  • Often occur in pairs, occupying adjacent residential lots
  • Should retain integrity of Location, Design, Setting (must retain the relationship between the units and the common area), and Materials (some materials may have been altered/removed)
  • Where this property type is associated with an adjacent single-family residential neighborhood, it may also be significant under the Postwar Suburbanization Theme; indicators include several examples in a row situated along a major arterial street
  • Individual unit entries open directly onto the common area, often with a small porch
  • Detached garage(s) at the rear
  • Associated architectural styles: Minimal Traditional, Traditional Ranch
  • May also be significant as a good example of an architectural style from its period and/or the work of a significant architect or builder
  • Extant Mid-century One-Story Courts are relatively rare, therefore a greater degree of alteration or fewer character-defining features may be acceptable
  • Replacement of some windows may be acceptable if the openings have not been changed or resized
  • Original landscaping may have been altered or removed
  • Where this property type is situated within a grouping of multi-family residences, it may also be significant as a contributor to a Multi-Family Residential District. A grouping may be composed of a single property type or a variety of types
  • Units are oriented onto a minimal common area, generally a landscaped area or paved driveway
  • Typically three to five units, arranged in a linear configuration
  • Retains most of the essential character-defining features from the period of significance
  • Security bars may have been added
  • Integrity Aspects
    Association
    Feeling
    Workmanship
    Materials
    Setting
    Design
    Retains sufficient integrity to convey significance
    Location
    California Historic Resources Status Codes (explanation of codes)
    3CS
    3S
    5S3
    Significance Statement
    Excellent example of a district of mid-century, one-story courtyard apartments in Ranch house styles. The buildings within the district are exemplary of courtyard apartment site planning, landscape, circulation and design, making this a distinctive concentration of the property type.
    Periods of Significance
    From: 1941-01-01
    To: 1942-12-31

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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)