Preserving The Historic Craftsman Homes Of Jefferson Park

May 22, 2018

Preserving The Historic Craftsman Homes Of Jefferson Park
Jefferson Park has one of the largest collections of Craftsman-style homes in the region. It is located just South of the Santa Monica freeway with easy access to downtown. With a strong sense of community and local preservation efforts, Jefferson Park has become an extremely desirable neighborhood. If you’ve always dreamed of owning a Craftsman-style bungalow, you have to check out Jefferson Park.

A Brief History Of Jefferson Park Craftsman Homes

Jefferson Park was developed at the turn of the century and provided housing for middle and upper-middle-class residents. The preferred home architect at the time was American Craftsman. The homes were built by individuals rather than a development company. Many of the homes were built using plans purchased from Sears and Pacific Ready-Cut Homes. Even though many of these homes share a similar architectural style, each home is unique. Today Jefferson Park is considered an important neighborhood for American architectural history. The homes highlight the diversity of the Craftsman style.

What Is American Craftsman Architectural Style?

American Craftsman architectural style was popularized during the arts and crafts era of the turn of the century lasting well into the 1930s. Craftsman was born of a rejection of the overly fussy and inefficient architecture of the Victorian era. Craftsman-style homes instead reflected the needs of the growing American middle class. The typical craftsman-style home has:
  • One to two stories
  • Low pitched roof
  • Large covered front porch
  • Large fireplace
  • Built-in cabinetry
  • Double-hung windows
What makes craftsman homes different from one another is the finely detailed features. Craftsman homes often have intricate woodwork, art tiles, and hammered metal finishes that make them truly one of a kind. These features are also what makes them desirable.

Jefferson Park Is A Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ)

Recognizing the important cultural heritage of their neighborhood, the City Council declared Jefferson Park an HPOZ. HPOZ implements zoning restrictions designed to protect the historical nature of a community. With the support of HPOZ, Jefferson Park residents have been able to complete cost-effective restoration projects. These restoration projects have preserved the beauty of these homes.
If you have always dreamed of owning a Craftsman-style home in a thriving community, we can help. Our real estate brokers live and work in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. We can help match you with the perfect Craftsman home to meet your needs. Whether you want a full restoration or a project home, we’ll find the perfect place. Check out our overview to learn more about this great neighborhood.

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