from original brochure, 1951
formally designated a
California Historic Monument
Inspired by the Garden City Movement and designed in the Modern Style, Lincoln Place, constructed from 1949-51, was the largest development financed under Section 608 of Title VI of the Housing Act, which was designed to stimulate investment in low and modern income rental housing during World War II and the housing shortage which followed.
The units are defined by
geometric shapes framing the apartment entrances and the geometric
of the windows
and openings to the balconies. Lincoln Place stands out for the way it
creates visual variation and individual character to each building,
at the same time it is clearly a harmonious design.
By mixing the varied
above each entrance with the various entrances, the design team was
to achieve innumerable building designs. The
façades of many of the buildings are multi-planed, adding
individual character to each building.
The site plan is strongly
of the Garden City Movement, uniquely adapted to the Southern
climate. It was designed with significant open green space
the buildings and planted with almost 400 trees, primarily subtropical
in origin, and other landscaping, mostly sub-tropical, often drought
species. Though 7 buildings have been destroyed, 85 % of site plan
The nomination was submitted under Criterion One for its contribution to Social History and Community Planning and Development (1946-1951) and under Criterion Three for its Architecture and Site Plan (1949-1951).
At its Aug. 5 meeting, the State Historical Resources Commission voted unanimously that Lincoln Place qualifies for the honor of listing on the California Register of Historical Resources.
the State Commission had determined that Lincoln Place was eligible for
listing in the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion
C both as a good example of the "garden apartment" property type and as
a good example of Modernist architecture and under Criterion A as a
and intact example of the low and moderate income rental housing built
in Los Angeles and the nation just after World War II in response to a
severe housing shortage. All 8 Commissioners determined that it
under Criterion C. Political pressure was applied on the National
office in Washington and the nomination was returned (not rejected)
the request for more information.
Historical designation was endorsed by the
National Trust for Historic Preservation,Designation was also enthusiastically endorsed by
Senators Dianne Feinstein