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Los Angeles and the National Register of Historic Places

Feb 02, 2011 by Lisa Newton

Thanks to the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act (PDF) in 1966, the USA has more than 80,000 properties designated as having historic significance via the National Register of Historic Places.

Under the auspices of the National Park Service, the National Register is the “official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. The National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.”

With almost every county in the US having a property on the list, it’s not surprising that more than a few of them are located in Los Angeles County.

First listed on November 13, 1966, Well No. 4, aka The Pico Canyon Oil Field, was the first commercially successful oil well in the Western United States. It was also the first Los Angeles County property to be put onto the the National Register of Historic Places.

Our most recent addition of properties to be listed, was on January 10, 2011, when the 11,720 square foot Katherine Emery Estate, a high style Tudor Revival residence completed in 1928, was added.

If you’d like to visit any of these historical wonders, here’s a map of the current 151 National Register of Historic Places listings in Los Angeles County:


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