Arthur Lloyd and Gertrude Sercy Reese Home | Los Angeles Conservancy
Reese Home, 2022. Source: Historic-Cultural Monument Application. (2943)

Arthur Lloyd and Gertrude Sercy Reese Home

Update: Great news! On February 16, the Cultural Heritage Commission recommended the Reese Home be designated as a Historic-Cultural Monument. 


This Craftsman has been in the Reese family for over a century. In 2022, local Venice preservationists nominated the building as a Historic-Cultural Monument to ensure its legacy continues for years to come. The Arthur Lloyd and Gertrude Sercy Reese Home recognizes the indelible impact of the Arthur and Gertrude Reese on the development of the Oakwood neighborhood, and Venice as a whole. 

Arthur Reese moved to Venice in 1903 as part of the Great Migration where waves of Black Southerners moved to west seeking freedom and self-determination. While white supremacy continued to constraint opportunity in California, many African Americans found employment in the nascent Venice community. Arthur Reese pursued a variety of entrepreneurial ventures before finding work for developer Abbott Kinney on Venice of America. As they began to build wealth, the Reese family settled in the Oakwood neighborhood. 

The Reese’s were prominent leaders in social and political organizations in the Oakwood community. Despite de jure segregation and racial covenants, Arthur and Gertrude Reese became one of the first Black homeowners in Oakwood and paved the way to create a safe and vibrant Black enclave. In his position with Kinney, Reese advocated for employment opportunities for African Americans. Gertrude fostered several community organizations, including several for African American women, by hosting meetings in their residence.  

The single-family dwelling retains the original detailing and craftsmanship designed and constructed by Arthur Reese. The other buildings on the property are also part of the development patterns, including the garage which served as Arthur Reese's workshop and an Accessory Dwelling Unit constructed for Reese’ cousins the Tabors, another foundational family in Oakwood. Today, the house is owned by Gerturde and Arthur's granddaughter Sonya Greenland, who is the nomination's applicant. The nomination was written by members of Citizens Preserving Venice, a local preservation organization. 

Stay tuned for the next hearing date at the Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee.