The Homes of View Park
Presented by the Los Angeles Conservancy and the View Park Conservancy:
The Homes of View Park
Sunday, November 6, 2016
About the Tour
This special, one-day only neighborhood tour explore the history and architecture of View Park. Located between La Cienega Boulevard to the east, Crenshaw Boulevard to the west, Stocker Street to the north and West Slauson Avenue to the south, this historic neighborhood just south of the Baldwin Hills was recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places, in part for its significance as an enclave of black heritage.
On the tour, guests enjoyed rare access to several private homes, some of which are owned by residents who have lived in View Park more than 50 years. The tour also included the first house in unincorporated L.A. County to gain historic landmark status.
The tour began with an opening presentation about the area's developement and its African American history. Speakers included Roland Wiley, a prominent resident of View Park for over 35 years. Guests were then free to explore the neighborhood at their own pace. At each designated tour site, Conservancy docents provided architectural, historical and cultural information. Local residents gave first-hand accounts of the neighborhood and its evolution.
About View Park
View Park lies just outside the city in unincorporated Los Angeles County. It retains much of its historic appearance and was developed over a long period, from the early 1920s to 1970.
Thanks to the efforts of our tour partner, the View Park Conservancy, View Park was recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The roughly 1,800 homes in this predominantly African American residential area make it the largest National Historic District in the country with black ethnic heritage at its epicenter.
View Park’s history is synonymous with that of many areas in Los Angeles County affected by discriminatory covenants and policies that kept segregation firmly in place for many years. Developed in the 1920s as an upper-class neighborhood in the same vein as Brentwood or Carthay Circle, View Park was restricted to white residents. After the Supreme Court declared racially restrictive neighborhood covenants illegal in 1948, the area became more integrated.
By the end of the 1960s, View Park was predominantly composed of affluent black homeowners. Because of View Park’s long period of development, you’ll see significant homes in a range of architectural styles. 1930s Spanish Colonial Revival residences share the block with postwar Ranch-style homes. Examples of Minimal Traditional, Storybook, and Streamline Moderne architecture can be found, as well.
As change comes to View Park in the form of nearby development and a soon-to-be-completed Metro station, the neighborhood’s hard-won designation will serve as a vital reminder that these places are worth preserving.
Major funding for the Los Angeles Conservancy’s educational programs is provided by The LaFetra Foundation and by the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation.
Meeting Location: Reservations are required for this tour. Meeting and parking information will be provided with your reservation confirmation.
- Tour will run rain or shine.
- No refunds or exchanges. If you can’t attend the tour, we gratefully accept your purchase as a tax-deductible donation, provided you notify the Conservancy by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 4, 2106.
- If you plan to bring children aged 12 or under, please note that the tour will begin with a seated presentation of 30 to 45 minutes. Strollers are not allowed inside the homes included on the tour. Children should be supervised by an adult at all times.
- Interior photography is not permitted.
- Pets are not allowed in any interior spaces (including the check-in site) and are generally not recommended. Please leave them at home.
All participants knowingly and freely accept and assume all risks, both known and unknown, and AGREE TO RELEASE, DEFEND, INDEMNIFY, NOT SUE, AND HOLD HARMLESS the Los Angeles Conservancy, its principals, officers, employees, volunteers, sponsors, agents and other participants from any and all claims, damages (including medical expenses and attorneys’ fees), injuries and expenses arising out of, or resulting from your voluntary attendance/participation on this tour.