Leimert Park by Cynthia E. Exum and Maty Guiza-Leimert

Leimert Park, one of the first comprehensively planned communities in Southern California, was founded and developed in 1927 by Walter H. Leimert Sr. and designed by Olmsted Brothers, a firm headed by sons of Frederick Law Olmsted Sr., the master planner of New York Citys Central Park. In its early years, Leimert Park was a pasture situated on portions of the Rancho Cienega Paso de la Tijera, once owned by land baron E.J. Lucky Baldwin. The area is best known for its gracefully curved tree-lined streets, Spanish Colonial and Mediterranean-style homes, and Art Deco buildings designed by some of the nations foremost architects.

Famous residents Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, and Los Angeless first African American mayor, Tom Bradley, have called Leimert Park home. In 1967, artists Alonzo and Dale Davis founded Brockman Gallery, and with this beginning, a new era of Leimert Park as an arts and cultural center dawned. Today, with its art galleries, jazz and blues clubs, coffeehouses, performance spaces, restaurants, and Afrocentric fashion and merchandise shops, the area has evolved into one of Los Angeless great idyllic communities.

Leimert Park (Images of America)
Cynthia E. Exum , Maty Guiza-Leimert with a foreword by Walter H.Leimert III
Arcadia Publishing
September 10, 2012

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