Hancock Park-Windsor Sq-Larchmont Village

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Paramount Pictures Studios in Hancock Park

Wilshire Country Club in Hancock Park

Wilshire Country Club in Hancock Park

G. Allan Hancock was the developer-philanthropist who gave his name to the area of town he developed – Hancock Park.  He grew up in a home at the La Brea Tar Pits, and inherited 440 acres from his father, Major Henry Hancock.  71 oil wells were operating at capacity from 1905 until 1910.  In 1919 Hancock subdivided the property into residential lots and leased 105 acres to the Wilshire Country Club.

Some of the earliest family names included Doheny, Chandler, Huntington, Can Nuys, Crocker, Banning, Newmark, Van de Kamp and Duque.  Many of their homes were designed by such architects as Paul Williams, A.C. Chisholm and John Austin.  Hancock Park is approximately 2.2 square miles and consists of about 1,200 homes.  Its boundaries are Rossmore, Highland, Melrose and Wilshire Blvds.

Larchmont SignLarchmont Village is a quaint and friendly shopping district located in one of the oldest and most historically significant neighborhoods in Los Angeles, bordered by some of the most well preserved homes in the city.  The homes range from 1920’s California bungalows to grand old estates.  Larchmont Village serves as a Main Street retail district to Hancock Park, Windsor Square and nearby Paramount Studios.  Larchmont maintains a small town feel and serves as a lovely community gathering place.

Between 1900 and 1910 a gentleman named George A.G. Howard envisioned a beautiful tranquil park as a setting for family homes such as those seen in the English countryside.  He called this area Windsor Square.  The original “Square” ran from Wilshire Blvd. to Third Street, and from Plymouth Blvd. to Irving Blvd.  The English flavor was enhanced by street names: Irving, Windsor, and Plymouth. Windsor later expanded to the north, east, and west.

Today, Windsor Square runs from Wilshire to Beverly Boulevards and from Arden Boulevardto Van Ness Ave.  This is inclusive of the one-block strip of Larchmont Village.  Windsor Square is often mistakenly called Hancock Park, but in fact Hancock Park is the neighborhood immediately to the west.

 

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