Valley Village History in Pictures

For more than sixty years this area has been Valley Village.  According to the Los Angeles Times, a new community was born and articles of incorporation were granted in May 1939.  At a meeting on the grounds of the King Charney Rancho on Magnolia Boulevard plans were laid for launching a beautification project.  The plan called for a model community featuring parkways, cycling paths, a series of small parks, recreation centers and other amenities.

In 1986 residents formed a homeowners group to address the threat of uncontrolled high rise buildings.  Inasmuch as the Post Office branch always had carried the name Valley Village, it was felt that it was time to resurrect the name.  The request was taken to the Los Angeles City Council and with the help of former Council members Joel Wachs, John Ferraro and Zev Yaroslavsky (now a county supervisor) it was approved.

To complete the process, a “Specific Plan” was needed to restrict height and guarantee low density in new construction, whether commercial or private homes.

The Specific Plan prohibits certain types of commercial enterprises, it regulates the placement of balconies and rooftop installations on apartment buildings, and requires appropriate landscapingaround them.  No new commercial buildings may be higher than 36 feet and no homes higher than 30 feet.  There are other restrictions as well.


$72,731,000 flood control plan to waterproof Valley.

Photograph dated December 13, 1949 shows the construction of a two way bridge at Riverside Drive and Whitsett Avenue at the Tujunga Wash. This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.; Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends.; TESSA Digital Collections of the Los Angeles Public Library.


The Valley Village Post Office building, circa 1950:

Photograph caption dated February 2, 1950 reads, “Foodtime Market, 12450 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, takes on festival air for grand opening today, tomorrow and Saturday.”


Colfax Elementary School events, circa 1956:

Photograph caption dated October 22, 1956 reads “Colfax PTA members, Mrs. George LaRosa, homemaking chairman, and Mrs. Floyd Christy, left to right, seated, make aprons to be sold in Sewing Shop at school’s Friday festival. Mrs. Leon Sempliner, festival chairman, displays one of finished articles.” Colfax Avenue Elementary School is located at 11724 Addison Street in Valley Village.


Photograph caption dated February 6, 1956 reads “The inspired thought which led to creation of a nationwide organization pooling efforts and endeavors of parents and teachers will be dramatized for Colfax Avenue School PTA members during their founders’ day meeting Wednesday morning. The Playlet has been written by Mrs. Burns Steele, left, and Mrs. Harry Kaye, right. Portraying guardian angels are Mrs. James V. Montgomery, center left, and Mrs. Samuel Salzman.” Colfax Avenue Elementary School is located at 11724 Addison Street in Valley Village.