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Landmarks & Masterpieces in Our Midst

Architecture is on our mind this week, and there is no shortage of wonders in close proximity. Our neighborhoods are filled with unique and original elements in both the homes and the landmarks we pass by everyday. They have character, history, and style. You may be drawn to a specific era, area of the city, or particular building that you can’t get enough of… like we do! Mid-century modern, Spanish Colonial Revival, Googie… do you know the masterpieces that lay in our midst?

It’s no secret that we at AOTCH are a huge fan of Mid-Century Modern. We find many of the homes we sell and love in Baldwin Hills, Baldwin Vista and Ladera Heights have roots in the Mid-century style, which developed after WWII, when LA faced a housing shortage and architects started building inexpensive homes with mass-produced materials. These homes featured clean lines, walls of glass that emphasized indoor-outdoor flow, and post-and-beam construction.

Did you know that The Village Green, in Baldwin Hills, is a historic Mid-Century modern “garden city” developed by Walter Leimert? It was built in the 1930’s and designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2001.
Read more about the local Baldwin Hills architecture in our recent blog:

Googie, is often referred to as the signature style of the region. It reflects a very ’50-60’s feel: starbursts, hard angles, cantilevered roofs… things that aimed to catch the eye of drivers and make them slow down and come in. Recognize the elements in the tilting blue roof and 35-ft spire in View Park’s Simply Wholesome? The building was built by renowned architect Eldon Davis in the early 1950’s and is another national landmark.

One of our recent listings is a great example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. This became Southern California’s pre-eminent architectural style after the Panama-California Exposition of 1915-1917, where architects Bertram Goodhue and Carleton Winslow blended elements of Mission Revival, Mexican, Spanish Baroque/Churrigueresque, and Islamic styles. This mixture created homes with low-pitched red tile roofs, courtyards, white stucco walls with rounded corners, painted tile, wrought-iron accents, and arched windows and doorways.

This View Park stunner allows you to step into a bygone era of artistry and glamour: