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Hancock Park and Windsor Square Photographs

Hancock Park and Windsor Square Photos

Within the greater Wilshire Hancock Park area there are three fairly well defined neighborhoods. Hancock Park, Larchmont Village, and Windsor Square. The area is deep in Los Angeles history, character, affluence and charm. Hancock Park and Windsor Square have remained stylish without being hip, quaint without being too cutesy and affluent without being pretentious. With a negligible border between them, Hancock Park, Larchmont Village, and Windsor Square, in body the perfect balance of culture, cuisine, architecture and the community ambience. Before there was such a thing as the west side, Hancock Park was home to the Hollywood elite – and still packs a serious celebrity punch. Just south of Hollywood, this exclusive neighborhood hosts some of the most impressive mansions in Los Angeles and its sprawling green lawns and quaint streets make for a perfect lazy Sunday drive. Many Hancock Park and Windsor Square photos can be seen on the hollywoodphotographs.com website.

Vintage aerial photo of Hancock Park

Early Hancock Park History

Hancock Park is located in the eastern portion of the original Rancho La Brea area and was purchased by major Henry Hancock in 1863. By the early 1900s the growth along Wilshire Boulevard was similar to the prosperity of Los Angeles as a whole. As a result, the area that was once dirt roads and oilfields blossomed into a concentration of grandly designed commercial buildings surrounded by developments of stately and luxurious homes.

The residential subdivision of Hancock Park was developed by Maj. Hancock's son, G Allen Hancock, in the 1920s. Outstanding architects of the era designed the palatial two-story single-family residences in various. Revival styles, including Tudor, English, Spanish, and American colonial revival for influential members of Los Angeles society. The majority of residences are set back 50 feet from the street, as insisted upon by G Allen Hancock, and included side driveways generally leading through a particular share to a rear garage.

Historical photo of Windsor Square

Oil

Some 71 oil wells were operating at capacity on the land from 1905-1910. Nine years later G Allen Hancock subdivided the property into residential lots. He leased 105 acres to the Wilshire country club with an option to buy. The Hancock Park development was started on Rossmoor Avenue and moved west to Highland Avenue in 1921.

Hancock Park is approximately 2.2 mi.² and consists of about 1200 homes.

Rare photo of Hancock Park

Close To Movie Studios

With easy access to movie studios, including Paramount, which is a stone's throw away across Melrose Avenue, the community's history as a home to stars and other employees of the industry is as old as the neighborhood itself. Keystone cops chases were filmed on Larchmont Boulevard. In 1936 Three Stooges filmed false alarms. Today many of the local homes are used to film commercial and movies. The 1983 film wargames utilized a home at Lucerne and Second Street as a major movie set. Past prominent Hancock Park residents have included millionaire Howard Hughes, entertainers may west and Nat King Cole.

Nestled between Melrose to the north, Wilshire Boulevard to the S. Highland Ave. to the west and Rossmoor Avenue to the east, Hancock Park is one of the most desired residential areas in the city of Los Angeles.

Historical photo Larchmont Blvd.

In Windsor Square, the English flavor is very much alive and the street names reflect this with Irving, Windsor, and Plymouth. The original square ran from Wilshire Boulevard to Third Street, and from Plymouth Boulevard to Irving Boulevard and was later expanded to the north, east and west. Today, Windsor Square runs from Wilshire Boulevard to Beverly Boulevard, and from Arden Boulevard to Van Ness Avenue.

Windsor Square is often mistakenly called Hancock Park even by long-term residents. But in fact, Hancock Park is immediately to the west. Windsor squares homes have the same historic value as Hancock Park but most of the homes are built on bigger lots. Windsor Square is one of the oldest, most desired, and well-preserved neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

Many vintage Hollywood photos can be seen on the hollywoodphotographs.com website and all photos are available for purchase

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