Historic Context Statements


SurveyLA Industrial Historic Context Statement
Los Angeles, California

Chattel and LSA Associates (LSA) were hired by the City of Los Angeles (City) office of Historic Resources (OHR) to complete the Industrial Historic Context Statement for SurveyLA, which is comprised of a reconnaissance-level survey focusing on citywide industrial development. SurveyLA is a comprehensive survey program maintained by OHR to identify and document significant historic resources, including the development of citywide historic context statements. The Industrial Historic Context Statement followed a specific methodology and format adapted for the SurveyLA project’s custom database, and informed the final phase of SurveyLA fieldwork.


hollywood redevelopment project area survey
Hollywood, los angeles, California

Chattel was hired as a prime consultant to prepare historic context statements and intensive-level assessment surveys for the City of Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency. Chattel took responsibility for the Hollywood Redevelopment Project Area, while Westlake and Wilshire/Koreatown were taken by two other consultants on the project, LSA Associates and PCR Services Corporation respectively. To ensure consistency, we worked closely with these firms to discuss progress, difficulties, and solutions in weekly conference calls as well as peer reviewing each other’s work. Chattel also worked with City of Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources staff to dovetail our findings into their (ongoing at the time) citywide SurveyLA project.


Whittier Residential Survey
Whittier, California

Chattel worked with LSA Associates to prepare a historic context statement focusing on architectural contexts and themes connected with residential development in the City of Whittier (City). An intensive-level field survey was completed based on previous work by others. Research and field survey revealed that while Whittier’s architectural history has some unique elements, it generally reflects regional architectural trends. The work was prepared in close coordination with the staff and the Historic Resources Commission, and ultimately lead to City Council acceptance of survey results and concurrent local designation of the eligible properties.