The Los Feliz Improvement Association was
formed in 1922 to represent the homeowners of the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. For the
next 90 years, the association worked to protect historic trees and homes, and to
prevent developments they felt would harm the upscale residential feel of the
neighborhood. Much of the collection deals with fights against zoning changes that would
have allowed construction of unsightly walls or that would have allowed commercial
The Vermont Canyon Improvement Club founded in 1916 was later reorganized and changed
its name to the Los Feliz Improvement Association on July 7, 1922. The Los Feliz
Improvement Association played a vital role in the development of the neighborhood
located just east of Hollywood for almost an entire century. Col. Griffith J. Griffith
willed over 4,000 acres of land to the city of Los Angeles when he passed away in 1919.
Specific instructions of the will were that the land may only be used for public usage
and funds were designated to build a Greek style amphitheatre. The Greek Theater opened
its doors to the public in 1930. Griffith’s land was to be named after him, which made
Griffith Park the largest municipal park in the United States. In the 1930s the Los
Angeles Zoo became one of the main attractions of the park. In addition, Griffith had
plans to build an astrological observatory. The Griffith Observatory, which attracts
millions of tourists each year, was built from 1930 to 1935.
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