Whitley Heights, Los Angeles

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Whitley Heights Historic District
House in 6600 Block of Whitley Terrace, Whitley Heights Historic District.JPG
H.J. Whitley House, 6600 block of Whitley Terrace, Whitley Heights.
Whitley Heights, Los Angeles is located in Los Angeles
Whitley Heights, Los Angeles
Location Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Coordinates 34°6′27″N 118°20′3″W / 34.10750°N 118.33417°W / 34.10750; -118.33417Coordinates: 34°6′27″N 118°20′3″W / 34.10750°N 118.33417°W / 34.10750; -118.33417
Architect Barnes,A.S.; et al.
Architectural style Mediterranean Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival, American Craftsman[2]
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 82002189[1]
Added to NRHP August 19, 1982

Whitley Heights is a residential neighborhood in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles. It was named by Hobart Johnstone "H.J." Whitley, the original owner/developer, and the "Father of Hollywood".


Whitley Heights is a Los Angeles Historic Preservation Overlay Zone, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[2]

The neighborhood is roughly bordered on the north and east by Cahuenga Boulevard, on the west by Highland Avenue, and on the south by Franklin Avenue.[3] It overlooks the tourist district of Hollywood, including the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Bowl amphitheater. The neighborhood was bisected and some landmark homes destroyed when the Hollywood Freeway section of U.S. Route 101 was built after World War II.[4]


In 1918, H.J. Whitley commissioned architect A.S. Barnes to design Whitley Heights as a Mediterranean village on the steep hillsides above Hollywood Boulevard. The developed properties grew during the 1920s, and it became the first Hollywood celebrity community.[5]

In 1991, the City of Los Angeles issued a permit to the Whitley Heights Civic Association to allow the installation of gates that would turn the community into a private enclave. Construction, funded by Whitley Heights homeowners, began in January 1991 and was substantially completed by April 1992, at a cost of more than $350,000. Construction was permanently halted in 1992 when a group called "Citizens Against Gated Enclaves" successfully sued to prevent the closure of public roadways in Whitley Heights.[6][7] The gates were acquired by and installed at entrances to the private Laughlin Park community in the Los Feliz district.

Notable residents[edit]

Whitley Heights has been home to numerous famous residents, such as:[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b "CALIFORNIA - Los Angeles County - Historic Districts". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 2008-12-25. 
  3. ^ Whitley Heights Historic Preservation Overlay Zone Historical Survey Structure Designation (PDF) (Map). City of Los Angeles, Department of Planning. Retrieved 2008-12-25. 
  4. ^ a b Molinar, Josef (2008-01-13), "Valentino slept here", The Los Angeles Times (Print Edition K-2) 
  5. ^ a b "Whitley Heights". City of Los Angeles, Department of Planning, Office of Historic Resources. 2007-09-11. 
  6. ^ CITIZENS AGAINST GATED ENCLAVES et al., Plaintiffs and Respondents, v. WHITLEY HEIGHTS CIVIC ASSOCIATION, Defendant and Appellant, No. B077760. Second Dist., Div. Seven. Mar 23, 1994 (Superior Court of Los Angeles County, Second District, Division Seven 1994-03-23).
  7. ^ Blakely, Edward J.; Mary Gail Snyder (1997). Fortress America: gated communities in the United States. Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institution. pp. 104–108. ISBN 0-8157-1002-X. 

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