Wadsworth Chapel | Los Angeles Conservancy
Photo by Larry Underhill

Wadsworth Chapel

The oldest remaining building on Wilshire, this late-Victorian chapel was erected before the boulevard even existed in this part of Los Angeles.

It is the last remaining example of a neighborhood of Victorian structures officially named the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, founded in 1887 to care for volunteer soldiers of the Civil War and Indian wars. 

Now called the Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles Healthcare Center, the campus has housed and cared for generations of U.S. soldiers.

The unique Wadsworth Chapel was designed to serve Protestants on one side and Catholics on the other.

Its detailing, window patterns, bell tower, and to some extent, interiors, remain intact. Yet it needs millions of dollars in repair and restoration and is currently closed to the public.

Grand Central Market
Photo by Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy

Grand Central Market

In continuous operation as a market since 1917 out of two adjacent buildings built in 1897 and 1905, one of which was the first reinforced concrete building erected in Southern California.
Photo by Mitzi March Mogul

Joseph L. Starr Dairy Farmhouse

A private owner brought this rare building back from the brink of demolition, painstakingly restoring it while educating the community about the value of preservation.