Scheerer House | Los Angeles Conservancy
Photo by Marco Antonio Garcia

Scheerer House

Not all Victorian homes were custom-built for the wealthy. This small Queen Anne cottage from 1887 is typical of late 19th-century “plan book” houses. The owner – in this case, businessman John Scheerer – would have would have ordered the plan and materials from a catalog retailer, such as Sears or Montgomery Ward, for delivery to the site and assembly by local carpenters.

Though factory produced, this house illustrates the period’s high standards of craftsmanship in features such as diamond-shaped shingles, spindles, brackets, intricate “gingerbread,” and ornamental ironwork.

Wilshire Terrace Co-Op
Photo by Larry Underhill

Wilshire Terrace Co-Op

Marking a new era in Wilshire Boulevard development, Wilshire Terrace Co-Op was designed to put the single-family "California way of living" into a high-rise context.
Rancho Los Amigos and power plant structure. Photo by Adrian Scott Fine/L.A. Conservancy

Rancho Los Amigos

The former County Poor Farm, now abandoned, provides a rare glimpse into the early history of Los Angeles.
Queen Anne Cottage at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Photo courtesy Historic Resources Group.

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

The Arboretum's Cultural Landscape Report and Treatment Plan provides a vital guide for caring for the wide range of resources on this historic site.