Found LA: Historic Stonehurst Neighborhood
Sunday, October 20, 2013 was LA Commons third annual Found LA: Festival of Neighborhoods. This year’s theme was “The River of Your Imagination” so each adventure was connected to the L.A. River in one way or another. There were 18 different adventures to choose from and my friend Lori and I went on two of them: Historic Stonehurst Neighborhood and Hansen Dam.
Stonehurst is a neighborhood in Sun Valley, which is in the Northeastern part of San Fernando Valley. It’s generally bounded by Sunland Boulevard, Wentworth Avenue and Chivers Avenue. Our tour guide, Mary Benson, grew up in the area. The cute little stone houses were built between 1923 and 1925 using boulders from Tujunga Wash. Unfortunately, Stonehurst only got their Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) designation a few years ago, so a lot of the history is gone or severely altered. However, don’t let that deter you from checking them out. There are still a few cute little gems to see and lots of horses! Horses everywhere you look!
As an added bonus, one homeowner, Suzanna Wood, invited us inside to see the work she’s done so far. My favorite room, of course, was the kitchen with its original cabinets, pine floor and tile counter tops. We couldn’t thank her enough for sharing her wonderful home with us, but she said it is equally satisfying for her to have people see and appreciate the effort she’s put into restoring her home.
After the tour, Lori and I decided to walk across Hansen Dam and have lunch. You can read about that here.
Stone Mason: Dan Montelongo
Developer: Pep Rempp
Famous Resident: Actor Adolphe Menjou
Stonehurst: A 1920s Era Stone House Neighborhood by Albert Knight (If you find it for sale, let me know!)
It Took Nine Tailors: An Autobiography by Adolphe Menjou
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