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Who We Are

A resource for Spaulding Square Residents, sponsored by the Spaulding Square Neighborhood Association.

Spaulding Square is a small residential oasis consisting of about 160 single family homes in Hollywood, California. The Square is named after Southern California developer Albert Starr Spaulding, who developed the eight block area between 1916 and 1926. Most of the early residents were silent film stars and directors.

Many of the homes in Spaulding Square are early Colonial-style bungalows, although you will also see examples of other period revival styles such as Italian Renaissance, English, Mediterranean, Spanish Colonial, Prairie, and Craftsman.

In 1993, Spaulding Square was designated a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) by the city of Los Angeles, thus preserving its very special ambiance and assuring the preservation of the architecture


Where We Are

A resource for Spaulding Square Residents, sponsored by the Spaulding Square Neighborhood Association.

Spaulding Square is a small residential oasis consisting of about 160 single family homes in Hollywood, California. The Square is named after Southern California developer Albert Starr Spaulding, who developed the eight block area between 1916 and 1926. Most of the early residents were silent film stars and directors.

Many of the homes in Spaulding Square are early Colonial-style bungalows, although you will also see examples of other period revival styles such as Italian Renaissance, English, Mediterranean, Spanish Colonial, Prairie, and Craftsman.

In 1993, Spaulding Square was designated a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) by the city of Los Angeles, thus preserving its very special ambiance and assuring the preservation of the architecture


Community Awards

2011 Landmark Award

On June 26, 2011 Spaulding Square was presented the 2011 Landmark Award by The Windsor Square / Hancock Park Historical Society. The award was given in recognition of our efforts to keep Spaulding Square's intact and true to its original design.

The award was accepted by Barbara Eich and below is her acceptance speech. It is well worth reading, as she spoke about much of the history of Spaulding Square.


2011 Landmark Award


Award Presented by Councilman Tom LaBonge


Award Acceptance Speech:

I am honored to accept this award on behalf of Spaulding Square. It’s a privilege to be recognized by the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society.

Let me tell you about Spaulding Square: In 1989, encroaching development marching closer and closer to our neighborhood inspired Bill Lustig, Mark Meltzer and me to form Spaulding Square Neighborhood Association. One of our first board projects was to obtain official historic preservation status from the city, and in 1993 we became one of the city’s first HPOZs. Actually I think we were 8th or 9th. We felt Spaulding Square was a very special neighborhood, worthy of being preserved.

What makes Spaulding Square so special? First of all, it’s a late 19 teens, early 19 twenties slice of life, a small area depicting Hollywood in the early 20th century. There are very few intact clapboard bungalow areas left in Hollywood and we’re one of them We’re really a slice of Americana: to people in the northeast, we look like the northeast; to people in the Midwest we look like the Midwest, and that’s what makes us unique and also attractive to production companies for movies, TV shows and commercials. Our modest bungalows and tree lined streets look just like… home.

We’ve had our share of filming just as I’m sure you have. After all, this is Hollywood. “Nightmare on Elm Street” and all the “Freddie” movies, “Frankie and Johnny,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Dancing Under the August Moon,” were all filmed at least partially in Spaulding Square as well as various scenes for “The Rockford Files” and more recently, scenes for the TV series, “True Blood.” Most recently, director Melanie Mayron (you may remember that she starred in the TV series “30 Something”) is shooting her new media/web-based series – “Little Women, Big Cars” in Spaulding Square.

Early celebrity residents of Spaulding Square include Billy Benedict who starred in the Our Gang series, Alan Hale, Jr. from Gilligan’s Island, character actor, Amzie Strickland, and Lucille Ball. Karl Struss lived on Orange Grove with his wife, Ethel, from 1925 until his death in 1983. That name might not be familiar to you, but Karl and co-photographer, Charles Rosher, won the very first Academy Award for cinematography in 1929. The film was “Sunrise”, a silent film directed by F. W. Murmau in 1927. Karl’s grandson moved into the house in 1983 and continues to live there with his family. I’d like to mention one other resident from the past and a little story about him. Alberto Valentino came over from Italy when his younger brother, Rudolph, died. Everyone remembers the name, Rudolph Valentino, but you may not remember that he died fairly young. It was thought that Alberto could replace his brother in silent films. Unfortunately, Alberto didn’t have the charisma or talent and became an accountant instead. I’m told he lived a solitary life for 50 years in the 1400 block of Orange Grove and died in 1980.

So much of the good started when our councilman in district 4, John Ferraro, recognized our neighborhood as a great spot. He and his successor, Tom LaBonge, fostered our neighborhood growth. Early projects included petitioning the city to install the old style street lamps – around 35 of them which add an authentic historical flavor to the neighborhood. Our council office oversaw the repair in the 1920’s style of severely cracked and uprooted sidewalks. As well as regenerating our neighborhood, we refoliated by planting close to 100 trees in our parkways so that now we are green and leafy and a favorite area for dog walkers, both residents and from outside our area. And dog walkers are a friendly bunch - if they don’t know your name, they certainly know your dog’s name. Young families, too, are again finding our neighborhood very much to their liking.

What else is special about Spaulding Square? Of course, the people – warm, friendly, supportive, long time as well as new residents. And we have yearly activities that foster that camaraderie. One evening each Dec. we go Christmas caroling throughout the neighborhood. We also hold an all-neighborhood garage sale in May – a perfect time for spring house and garage cleaning. And in Oct. we block off one street and hold a Harvest Festival. Residents bring their favorite dishes. Hot dogs, hamburgers, beer and soft drinks are provided. There’s judging for the best homemade dessert, a band provides lively music, and there are activities for the children including a costume parade. Fun for all and a chance to enjoy each other’s company for an afternoon – to greet old friends and meet new ones. (Introduce Bill Lustig – co-founder; Richard Paddor – current and dedicated HPOZ board chair; Lynn Lustig – early Spaulding Square board member; Bruce Remick – current and very hard working Spaulding Square board member.)

Spaulding Square is a wonderful place in which to live. We hear compliments all the time from visitors. It’s truly a little jewel set in the midst of busy, bustling, and developing Hollywood. And as Bill and I knew 22 years ago - a neighborhood worthy of being preserved.


Join Us

Residents of Spaulding Square are encouraged to support the activities of the Spaulding Square Neighborhood Association by paying annual dues.

Have you joined Spaulding Square Neighborhood Association yet for this year? Dues are $20.00 per household.

Make checks payable to Spaulding Square Neighborhood Assoc. and send to:

     Spaulding Square Neighborhood Assoc.
     P.O. Box 46580
     Los Angeles, CA 90046.


Community Map

A resource for Spaulding Square Residents, sponsored by the Spaulding Square Neighborhood Association.

Spaulding Square is a small residential oasis consisting of about 160 single family homes in Hollywood, California. The Square is named after Southern California developer Albert Starr Spaulding, who developed the eight block area between 1916 and 1926. Most of the early residents were silent film stars and directors.

Many of the homes in Spaulding Square are early Colonial-style bungalows, although you will also see examples of other period revival styles such as Italian Renaissance, English, Mediterranean, Spanish Colonial, Prairie, and Craftsman.

In 1993, Spaulding Square was designated a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) by the city of Los Angeles, thus preserving its very special ambiance and assuring the preservation of the architecture

Spaulding Square Neighborhood Google Map


History

Spaulding Square was designated as a Historical Preservation Overlay Zone on April 7, 1993, by City of Los Angeles Ordinance Number 168718. It was the fifth such designation in the City of Los Angeles. There are approximately 164 homes in the Spaulding Square designated HPOZ. There are now 22 Historic Preservation Overlay Zones in the City with many more areas currently petitioning for approval.

Spaulding Square has a rich history beginning in 1914 with the initial designation of the two tracts that comprise the current area of Spaulding Square, The Fetterman/Hollywood Tract and Tract 2508 owned by A.S. Spaulding for whom the area is named. Its growth was supported by the presence of the Pacific Electric Railroad which ran through the corner of Spaulding and Fountain and the expansion of the film industry in the area. To this day, Spaulding Square is home to Oscar and Emmy winners and many others associated with the entertainment industry.

There are six recognized architectural styles in Spaulding Square. They are: Colonial Revival, Craftsman, English Revival/Tudor, Italian/Mediterranean Revival, Prairie and Spanish Revival. The goal of the HPOZ is to ensure that exterior changes are consistent with these styles.

Intersection of Sunset and Gardner, 1927

Ever wonder about the diagonal strip running from Hollywood Blvd. to Santa Monica Blvd. just SE of Spaulding Square? The photo above shows the old Red Line car heading southwest, crossing Sunset at Gardner in 1927. (Los Angeles Public Library Historic Photo Database)

Genesee Ave. at Selma looking north, 1926

Genesee Ave. at Selma looking north in 1926. Note that Genesee ended in a cul-de-sac before it reached Hollywood Blvd. (Los Angeles Public Library Historic Photo Database)

Hollywood Boulevard

COMMUNITY ALERTS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

SPAULDING SQUARE ECONOMIC $TIMULU$ YARD SALE!!

Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Your Front Yard
1300 & 1400 Blocks of N Orange Grove, N Ogden, N Genesee and N Spaulding

SPAULDING SQUARE PRESENTED
2011 LANDMARK AWARD

Date: June 26, 2011
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COMMUNITY MEETINGS / EVENTS

SPAULDING SQUARE ECONOMIC $TIMULU$ YARD SALE!!

Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Your Front Yard
1300 & 1400 Blocks of N Orange Grove, N Ogden, N Genesee and N Spaulding

SPAULDING SQUARE HARVEST FESTIVAL

Date: Saturday October 25, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: De Longpre Street

Harvest Festival 2014 Photo Gallery
2014 Harvest Festival Flyer (pdf)
2014 Harvest Festival Registration (pdf)
Harvest Festival 2010 Photo Gallery
Harvest Festival 2009 Photo Gallery

COMMUNITY DISASTER - EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Date: Monday May 21, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Helen Bernstein High School, 1309 N. Wilton Place, LA
Why: LAPD is bringing in the professional for this important "Help Us Help YOU" disaster, emergency preparedness. It is Impossible for first responders to be everywhere, trying to help every person and every situation at the same time. Our first responders will need your help! This means You knowing what to do to help yourself, at minimum the basics.
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TOWN HALL MEETING - HOLLYWOOD COMMUNITY PLAN FROM LA CITY PLANNING

Date: Monday May 16, 2011
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: United Methodist Church, 6817 Franklin Ave.
Why: This is an important briefing-Q&A with City Planning. The new proposed Hollywood Community Plan & DEIR (Draft Environmental Impact Report) will take us into the year 2030. This is your opportunity to hear what changes are proposed for your neighborhood and to ask your questions prior to public comment deadline is now June 1, 2011.
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LAPD HOLLYWOOD DIVISION SENIOR LEAD SUMMIT

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2011
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Boulevard
Why: An Area Summit is to bring together key stakeholders from within the community to prioritize two or three important problems unique to each police division. These problems will be ones that all stakeholders, including yourself, can play a role in solving.
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