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Wellington Square Walking Tour & Silent Auction – Sunday, March 18 from 2-5 PM

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).

Eventbrite - Wellington Square Walking Tour & Silent Auction

See the attached flyer for details, or contact Michael Sonntag at (323) 951-1113 or info@wellingtonsquare.net.


(click here for printable version & directions)

About Wellington Square

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.


A Preservation Victory

WAHA is pleased to let you know that we have another reason to celebrate this holiday season. After several years of historic preservation advocacy by WAHA, Mount St. Mary’s College, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, and many other concerned West Adams residents who wanted to keep the Chester Place Historic District intact and save the Zanja, Mount St. Mary’s College has stepped in and purchased the St. Vincent church parking lot. This will end a development proposal that would have significantly impacted the character-defining features of the historic setting by its massing, scale, and spatial relationships. At this time, the open space will be preserved.

As you can see from Mount St. Mary’s College announcement (below), the proposed development of student housing at Figueroa and Adams would have had many negative effects on Chester Place and its many historic structures, along with serious impacts on the students and the nuns who live adjacent to the property. WAHA has been equally concerned ever since the project was announced for this historically sensitive location in Historic West Adams.

We thank Mount St. Mary’s for being a great neighbor and a true partner in our historic preservation efforts.

The WAHA Board would also like to thank the members of WAHA’s Historic Preservation Committee (Jean Frost, Chair, Jim Childs, Laura Meyers, Mitzi March Mogul, David Raposa, Roland Souza, Eric Bronson), who worked tirelessly to prepare (literally) hundreds of pages of documentation and testimony in support of saving the historic district and opposing the project. It underscores the reason why WAHA, through its Historic Preservation Committee, takes the time to diligently review environmental documents and arrange for appearances at public hearings. In this matter, the proposed development began with a Mitigated Negative Declaration which was circulated for comment. The comment by WAHA and others was responsible for the City requiring an EIR. Later, the Draft and Final EIR provided the opportunity to scrutinize the true effects of the project. With the Final EIR being issued, WAHA was reaching a crossroad regarding what action might be necessary to prevent this insensitive and harmful proposed project. This will now be unnecessary. Many other WAHA members joined this effort, including John Arnold, Maggi Fajnor, Jim Robinson, Suzanne Lloyd Simmons, Terry Speth, and so many others too numerous to mention. We appreciate everyone’s effort to make this hard-fought victory a reality.

That said, it is truly Mount St. Mary’s College that deserves our special thanks today. Please join me in a big round of applause!!

My best regards this Holiday Season,

John Patterson, PresidentWest Adams Heritage Association

Mount St. Mary’s College announcement:

Dear neighbors:

Mount St. Mary’s College President Jacqueline Powers Doud just made the following announcement to the College community, and I wanted to make sure that you had also received the news.

Mount St. Mary’s College closed escrow today on the St. Vincent church parking lot, which had been purchased by a developer in March 2007. The building project that had been proposed for the lot would have adversely affected the surrounding neighborhood, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet at Stimson House and the College in several ways, including compromising privacy, elevated noise levels, shadowing and diminished views. One of the overriding factors in this decision is the adverse impact the building project would have had on the unique historical and cultural character of our neighborhood.

We do not have current plans to build on the lot, but will continue to use it for parking. We will also provide the St. Vincent parishioners with parking for liturgical services and other official Church functions on the site. Historical preservation of our Doheny campus is a priority to the College, and we are pleased to be part of the West Adams neighborhood.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best wishes,

Debbie ReamDirector of Public Relations
Mount St. Mary’s College
10 Chester Pl.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
213.477.2544 Fax