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National Historical Landmarks
Los Angeles County

Bradbury Building Interior, Los Angeles

Interior of the Bradbury Building in Downtown Los Angeles. Los Angeles Almanac Photo.

National Historic Landmarks (NHLs) are historic properties that illustrate the heritage of the United States. The almost 2,600 NHLs found in the U.S. today are historic buildings, sites, structures, objects, and districts. Each NHL represents an outstanding aspect of American history and culture. The following table lists 22 NHLs located in Los Angeles County.

Also see: Historical Sites & Structures in Los Angeles County

Landmark Built / Initiated / Opened When Designated
& Registry#
Address City / Community Description
Well No. 4, Pico Canyon Oil Field 1876 Nov. 13, 1966
(See Note 1 Below) Stevenson Ranch Drilled in 1876 to 376 feet, this was the first commercially successful oil well in California, producing 25 barrels a day. It is considered the birthplace of the California oil industry. Pico No. 4 became the longest continually operating oil well in the world.
Los Cerritos Ranch House 1844 Apr. 15, 1970
4600 Virginia Rd Long Beach Largest adobe home in Southern California built during California's Mexican period.
Upton Sinclair House 1942 Nov. 11, 1971
464 N Myrtle Ave Monrovia Home of novelist Upton Sinclair 1942-1966.
Edwin Hubble House 1925 Dec. 8, 1976
1340 Woodstock Rd San Marino Home of astronomer Edwin Hubble until his death in 1953.
Bradbury Building 1893 May 5, 1977
304 S Broadway Los Angeles Italian Renaissance building famous for exotic interior wrought-iron, stairways and elevators. Used extensively in films.
The Gamble House 1908 Dec. 22, 1977
4 Westmoreland Place Pasadena House designed by brother architects Charles and Henry Greene. Considered Arts and Crafts movement masterpiece.
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 1923 Jul. 27, 1984
3911 S Figueroa St (Exposition Park) Los Angeles Memorial to World War I veterans and only stadium in world to host two Olympiads. Also hosted two Super Bowls and one World Series (1959).
Space Flight Operations Facility (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) 1964 Oct. 3, 1985
4800 Oak Grove Dr La Cañada Flintridge Mission control room at Jet Propulsion Laboratory from where NASA operates interplanetary and deep space missions. Staffed every day since 1964.
Twenty-Five-Foot Space Simulator (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) 1961 Oct. 3, 1985
4800 Oak Grove Dr La Cañada Flintridge Test cylinder at Jet Propulsion Laboratory for testing spacecraft. All NASA deep space probes tested in this facility.
Rose Bowl 1921 Feb. 27, 1987
1001 Rose Bowl Dr Pasadena Home field for the annual Rose Bowl Game and host for events for two Olympiads.
Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome 1916 Feb. 27, 1987
276 Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica Amusement facility built by Looff family to house one of their carousels.
Ralph J. Scott (Fireboat) 1925 Jun. 30, 1989
444 S Harbor Blvd San Pedro L.A. Fire Department fireboat serving 1925-2003.
Hale Solar Observatory 1923 Dec. 20, 1989
740 Holladay Rd Pasadena Laboratory for George Ellery Hale, inventor of spectroheliograph, discoverer of solar vortices and sun spot magnetic fields.
Lane Victory (Victory Ship) 1945 Dec. 14, 1990
3011 Miner St San Pedro One of the last remaining of 561 Victory Ships built during World War II. Still operational and now a museum ship.
Watts Towers 1921 Dec. 14, 1990
1727 E 107th St (Watts) Los Angeles Artistic towers (tallest 99.5 feet) built by Simon Rodia from 1921-1954.
Angelus Temple 1923 Apr. 27, 1992
1100 Glendale Blvd Los Angeles One of America's early megachurches, built by Aimee Semple McPherson, an early 20th century evangelical star during the 1920s-1930s.
Little Tokyo Historic District 1885 Jun. 12, 1995
(See Note 2 Below) Los Angeles Cultural center district for Japanese Americans in Southern California and largest and most populous of three official Japantowns in the U.S.
Baldwin Hills Village (Village Green) 1935 Jan. 3, 2001
(See Note 3 Below) Baldwin Hills Built from 1935 and 1942, this condominium complex (627 units) was one of the nation's first mid-20th century planned communities.
Eames House (Case Study House #8) 1949 Sept. 20, 2006
203 N Chautauqua Blvd Pacific Palisades House designed by husband-and-wife Charles and Ray Eames. Known as Case Study House No. 8.
Aline Barnsdall Complex (Hollyhock House) 1919 Mar. 29, 2007
4800 Hollywood Blvd Los Angeles House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Aline Barnsdall and now surrounded by Barnsdall Art Park.
United States Post Office and Court House 1940 Oct. 16, 2012
312 N Spring St Los Angeles Courthouse in which Gonzalo Mendez et al v. Westminster School District of Orange County, et al, was litigated - significant civil rights case for Mexican-Americans and forerunner to landmark Brown v. Board of Education case.
Neutra Studio and Residences (VDL Research House) 1932/1964 Dec. 23, 2016
2300 Silver Lake Blvd Los Angeles Home designed by and for architect Richard Neutra and son Dion Neutra.

1) Exit 167 on I-5, then 2.4 miles along Pico Canyon Rd to Pico Canyon Service Rd, then one-half mile to Mentryville Park. Landmark is 1.4 west of the Mentryville Park parking lot along Pico Canyon Service Rd (34°22'13.1"N 118°37'45.5"W).
2) Bounded from just north of First St on the north, Third St on the south, Los Angeles St on the west, Alameda St on the east.
3) Between Rodeo Rd & Coliseum St /between Hauser Blvd & just west of La Brea Ave.

Source: National Park Service