Latinx Heritage | Los Angeles Conservancy
Photos (l-r): Jessica Hodgdon/L.A. Conservancy, Manuel Huerta/L.A. Conservancy, Self Help Graphics and Art

Latinx Heritage

The Conservancy continues to expand our outreach efforts to Latinx communities in Greater Los Angeles.

In a region that is constantly evolving, we partner with community residents who celebrate Los Angeles' rich layers of history -- by preserving the architectural and cultural heritage of previous generations, and by adding their own contributions to their neighborhoods' history and way of life.

Ultimately, we want to broaden the scope of historic preservation so that it reflects and restores the history of Latinxs within the cultural landscape and architectural heritage of Los Angeles County.

Note: The Conservancy uses the terms "Latinx" and "Chicanx" as gender-neutral alternatives to Latina/o, Latin@, etc. Though we recognize that different people and communities self-identify in different ways, "Latinx" and "Chicanx" are gaining ground in our cultural discourse as a way of acknowledging and respecting people who are transgender, queer, or gender fluid or non-conforming. These terms may not always be appropriate when describing people and events in the past (ex. Chicano Moratorium), but we are incorporating them into our vocabulary as part of our commitment to inclusion. Learn more about this "lingusitic revolution" from the Huffington Post >>

Examples of our work include:

Chicano Moratorium 

With funding from former Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, we've embarked on a new project to document the history and significant places associated with the August 29, 1970 Chicano Moratorium in East Los Angeles. Working with community members, we will complete a Multiple Property Documentation Form (MPDF) that establishes the context for the event and nominate at least one site to the National Register of Historic Places. 

Wyvernwood Garden Apartments

We've been working for years with residents, neighborhood groups, and elected officials to protect the 1939 Wyvernwood Garden Apartments in Boyle Heights. The first garden apartment complex in Los Angeles, Wyvernwood is a unique historic community that faces replacement with a $2 billion mixed-use development project.

Self Help Graphics & Art Building

We've also worked for several years with community members to recognize and protect the former East Los Angeles home of Self Help Graphics & Art. The site has a rich, layered history as the longtime home of the renowned Chicanx arts organization, as well as the Catholic Youth Organization and musicians who developed the legendary East L.A. sound.

Maravilla Handball Court and El Centro Grocery

We're working with the Maravilla Historical Society to preserve and revitalize Maravilla Handball Court, the oldest handball court in East L.A., built brick by brick by residents in the 1920s.

Guide to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

In 2010, we produced a bilingual guide to using the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to protect historic places, including practical tips and case studies from various communities.

Celebrating Historic Boyle Heights

In January 2011, we worked with several partners on a free community event celebrating the rich history of Boyle Heights. More than 150 people attended the combination of community fair, SurveyLA findings presentation, and walking tour.

Pico-Union: Layers of History

Another partner event in 2009 kicked off a new self-guided walking tour of historic Pico-Union with a community fair and guided tour of the neighborhood.

An Evening with the Salas Brothers

In August 2010, the Conservancy partnered with Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park to present a free concert with the renowned Salas Brothers, one of the seminal bands from the golden age of Chicanx music in East Los Angeles and founders of the Latin funk band Tierra.