Historic Context Statement for the Los Angeles County Metro Area Plan

The Los Angeles County Metro Area Plan (LAMAP) is a comprehensive planning effort for seven community planning areas within the urbanized core of the County of Los Angeles (County). Dudek helped the County prepare the plan, including a Historic Context Statement to inform and enhance the larger MAP project as it relates to historic resources.

Project Facts
  • LAMAP comprises seven unincorporated communities throughout LA County
  • Communities include East Los Angeles, East Rancho Dominguez, Florence-Firestone, Walnut Park, West Athens-Westmont, West Rancho Dominguez-Victoria, and Willowbrook
  • Online historic resource mapping tool created
A colorfully muraled building, the Graham library, which is the subject of the historic context statement for the LA Metro Area Plan.

The Challenge

Before the continued development of these seven communities, it was imperative to identify potential historic resources within each neighborhood and acknowledge potential historic resources. Dudek provided recommendations for future study and action by the County to facilitate its historic preservation program to protect its historic resources.

Architectural illustration of Mona Park Pool in 1965, researched for the historic context statement for the LA Metro Area Plan.

The Solution

The MAP Historic Context Statement is an evolving document based on the input of the community and local stakeholders. Dudek gathered research from primary and secondary sources held at various local, regional, state, national, and online repositories.

Additionally, our architectural historians completed a windshield survey of all the MAP communities to inform the development of the Historic Context Statement. The public identified important places and provided historical accounts, information, and photographs through the County’s project page, an interactive online mapping tool developed by Dudek (Historic Resource Mapper), community engagement meetings, and the project-specific email inbox.

Colorfully muraled building in City Terrace Park, which is the subject of the historic context statement for the LA Metro Area Plan.

The Impact

The Historic Context Statement presents each community’s general history and development patterns. The context then identifies significant themes relevant to the seven communities, including industrial development; residential development; education; and civil rights and social justice. Important community locations, people, groups, events, and histories were identified and included in the context statement. Dudek documented the unique histories and significant themes present throughout the MAP. Important local resources that previous scholarship may have overlooked are now documented to inform future planning decisions and highlight each of the seven MAP community’s unique histories.

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