Here’s your chance to tour one of West Adam’s best-kept hidden gems…
The Wellington Square Improvement Association is hosting a FREE walking tour of its historic neighborhood and a silent auction to benefit the neighborhood’s HPOZ efforts on Sunday, March 18th from 2-5pm. The tour and the auction are open to the public – all are welcome!
The walking tour will highlight several houses along each of the four long blocks that make up current day Wellington Square, each of which represent the various styles found in the Square. Each of the homes highlighted were built in the 1920’s. The tour will include facts about the architecture, as well as interesting trivia concerning the cultural heritage of the neighborhood and some of it’s more notable residents.
The silent auction will run concurrently with the walking tour – and bidding will be closed at 5pm. Fantastic goods and services will be available, donated from various residents and area-merchants. Proceeds from the silent auction will go to Wellington Square’s HPOZ efforts.
The tour is free to everyone – however, donations to cover printing costs, etc. will be welcome. Tour check-in and the silent auction will be held at 1943 Buckingham Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90016.
In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled to the following Sunday, March 25th (same time).
See the attached flyer for details, or contact Michael Sonntag at (323) 951-1113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(click here for printable version & directions)
Located just South of George Crenshaw’s Lafayette Square, Wellington Square was subdivided in 1912 by M. J. Nolan along with the Crenshaw Trust and Realty Company and the Union Escrow and Realty Company. Like Lafayette Square, Wellington Square as marketed as a upscale tract in the fashionable West Adams area of Los Angeles. The Square is made up of long blocks along four streets – Victoria Ave., Wellington Rd., Virginia Rd., and Buckingham Rd. Originally, the neighborhood ran from Washington Blvd. down to Adams Blvd., but the construction of the I-10 Freeway in the 1950’s cut the neighborhood in half, and the lower tract of Wellington Square is largely now part of the freeway. The promoters marketed the Square with the slogan “High class, yet moderately priced” and the it was the “1914 Model” of subdivision construction. One claim was that the tract was within an established area and that it would be built out quickly. However, that claim was a bit optimistic as the area, though subdivided, would not really catch on for another decade. The majority of Wellington Square homes were built in the 1920’s, into the 1930’s – but there are several examples of later era architecture as well, as several of the houses were moved into the Square from other neighborhoods as well.
Today, Wellington Square is a vibrant neighborhood, tucked away between Washington Blvd. and the 10 Freeway. The Square is walled or gated on three sides – so the only entrances into the neighborhood is at the top of each of the blocks, along Washington Blvd. It’s wide tree-lined streets are home to many families of all ages, and the residents of the Square are from many walks of life including politicians, artists, actors, professors, etc. The Wellington Square Farmers Market, which is open to the public every Sunday of the year from 9a-1p, has become a fantastic gathering place for many local residents to purchase their weekly fruits, vegetables, and other items.