Welcome to the website of the Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society. We were established in 1976 as a California 501 (c)(3) corporation, with the mission of preserving the history of the greater Rancho La Brea area. We do this through events, publications and community outreach. We also support our mission by conducting historic research on local buildings, architects, and residents. Some of this research is on display every Fall in our annual Homes Tour, the longest-running in Los Angeles.

We urge you to explore our site to learn more about our organization and our very special neighborhoods. We welcome members from all geographic areas!

Photo by Mary E. Nichols

Marlborough School, 1924, at the corner of Rossmore
Avenue and Third Street, in the heart of Hancock Park.
Photo courtesy of www.HollywoodPhotographs.com.

Photo courtesy of Mark David Levine


Los Angeles Garden Tour and Party

2013 Proceeds to Fund "Greening" at:
Los Angeles High School
Third Street Elementary School

Join us on, Sunday, April 21, 2013, from 11:00 a.m.to 5p.m. for the Eighth Annual Garden Tour and Party featuring a self-guided tour which includes fabulous gardens located in Hancock Park and Windsor Square. The tour also includes two lectures on urban farming & vertical gardens, a boutique of selective vendors and a light lunch, all in the garden of Getty House, the official residence of the Mayor of Los Angeles in Windsor Square.

This year we selected six gardens large and small, formal to less structured that are representative of fine examples of urban farming, draught resistant landscaping, and gardens designed for entertaining. We hope you will enjoy seeing these private gardens in this very special area of Los Angeles, where preservation, pride of ownership, beautiful landscaping and community spirit are always on display.

The proceeds from this year’s event will go toward tree replacement along Olympic Boulevard at Los Angeles High School as a part of their renovation and remodel, and Landscaping the entrance to Third Street Elementary School in celebration of their 70th anniversary.

The tour is given in honor of Tom LaBonge, Councilperson CD4 for his dedicated love of and service to Los Angeles, and his interest in making Los Angeles green, along with his many other accomplishments to enrich our community and well being.

Co-Chairs: Suz Landay, Fluff McLean, Mary E. Nichols

NEW: For additional event information, and ticket purchases, we invite you to visit the website of
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“A View of Life on McCadden Place”

Last year’s 33rd annual Homes Tour was held October 10th and featured five homes on McCadden Place, four located opposite John Burroughs Middle School. The five homes on tour were built between 1920 - 1930, and provide a variety of revival and contemporary architectural styles of that period.
McCadden Place between Wilshire Boulevard and Sixth Street is perhaps one of the busiest roads in Hancock Park due to the enrollment of 2,000 students at John Burroughs Middle School. The residents of McCadden Place formed a fundraising committee to restore and enhance the landscaping at John Burroughs. Our Society raised $30,000 toward the project through our annual Garden Tour in 2010.  With the first phase of the landscaping now completed, the school is set off by park-like grounds. New features include a reading garden with benches. During the tour, attendees were able to see first-hand the beauty that now surrounds and inspires the young students. 
The Homes Tour provided you with a glimpse into some of the lives of the friends and neighbors who made it all possible.
We invite you to join us for our 2011 Homes Tour, date to be announced. If you would like to join our mailing list to receive information, please email us at info@wshphs.org.

Historic Research

Are you interested in learning more about the history of your own house? The Historical Society recently compiled a list of useful web links. There is a wealth of public information available on the development of Los Angeles and its property. Please click here for more information.

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