Nickerson Gardens consists of 156 buildings with townhouse style units ranging in size from one bedroom to five bedrooms. It was completed in the year 1955, and the original architect was Paul Revere Williams. It was named after William Nickerson, Jr., the founder of Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company. The complex is owned and managed by the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles. Nickerson Gardens is the largest public housing development west of the Mississippi River.
The complex occupies the blocks northeast of the corner of Imperial Highway and Central Avenue, and southwest of 111th St and Compton Avenue. It is on the border of both Watts (a district of South Los Angeles) and the CDP of Willowbrook.
In the mid-1990s, Nickerson Gardens was 95% black. By 2004 it was 35% black.
Nickerson Gardens is assigned to the following Los Angeles Unified School District schools:
- Freeman, Dennis (25 March 2004). "Nickerson Gardens Targeted for Redevelopment". Los Angeles Sentinel. p. A11.
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