Photo Gallery of The Village Green (originally known as Baldwin Hills Village)
by James Black
|page created April 2, 2010. I plan to add
new photos on an ongoing basis as I collect them.
page updated April 9, 2010.
The Village Green, originally known as Baldwin Hills Village, is a large greenbelt apartment complex in Los Angeles. The VG was designed in the mid-1930s and completed in 1942; it was converted to condominium ownership in the 1970s; named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993; and named a National Historic Landmark in 2001.
The Village Green comprises 627 units on 64 acres. Units contain one, two or three bedrooms; each has its own private, enclosed patio. The Units are organized around parking "courts", and each unit has dedicated use of a single-car garage contained within separated garage-only row buildings, as well as use of stalls in the surface parking lots.
The key figure in the VG's conception and site selection was architect Clarence Stein, the visionary residential site planner and spokesman for the New Town/Garden City movement, responsible for the design of other well known communities including Radburn and Sunnyside Gardens; and the design was carried out by architects Reginald Johnson, Lewis Wilson, Edwin Merrill, and Robert Alexander.
There isn't too much photodocumentation of it on the web. The best websites I have found for information and photos of the VG are here:
I have started taking photos of the VG this year, for the purpose of populating this gallery and documenting the VG as well as giving me a way to practice with my new digital camera (Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3).
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