Historic Preservation

Windsor Square is one of the most beautiful and historic neighborhoods in the City of Los Angeles. Nearly 90% of the 1100 homes retain the original design of their street facing facades that date from the early 1920’s. Each block has homes that are in proportion to the size of the lot, with deep landscaped setbacks and wide tree lined parkways.

Windsor Square has been designated an Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) by the City of Los Angeles. The HPOZ is an ordinance that helps preserve the historic character of the neighborhood and serves as tool to help communities manage change in their neighborhoods.

The Windsor Square HPOZ is a product of years of consensus building among the neighbors on how to best preserve the historic character of our homes and streetscape while preserving individual property rights.

If you are planning a renovation or new construction project to any portion of your home that is visible from the street please review the link to Windsor Square HPOZ Review Process and/or contact our HPOZ City Planner listed under Windsor Square on the website of the Office of Historic Resources.

The Windsor Square Preservation Plan, which contains the Design Guidelines for preserving historic Windsor Square homes and information on the benefits of the HPOZ, is published on the Los Angeles Department of City Planning website.

Tax Incentives for Historic Properties

While the HPOZ review board authority is limited, Windsor Square residents and homeowners are encouraged to voluntarily apply strict preservation standards to the entire property in order to protect its historic integrity. It is important, however, that homeowners who intend to apply for the Mills Act or other tax incentive programs contact the Planning Department first before engaging in design or rehabilitation efforts.

Because the Windsor Square Preservation Plan exempts many projects from review, a property may lose Mills Act eligibility even if the work is consistent with the Plan’s preservation guidelines.

Please see these links for more information regarding tax incentives:

LA Conservancy Incentives for Preserving Historic Buildings

Incentives for the Preservation and Rehabilitation of Historic Homes in the City of Los Angeles