Angeleno Heights home shows off historically-correct colors

Last week, The Eastsider wrote about what it takes to get a house painted in Angeleno Heights, where a board overseeing the historic district must approve all exterior colors before painting can begin. The story focused on the Bellevue Street home of the Maria Bembi, shown  before (top photo) and after (bottom photo) with the two colors approved by the board:  Stone Craft, a grayish-green color, and white.  The painter who was finishing up on Monday said it took 10 gallons of primer, 12 gallons of Stone Craft and 8 gallons of white to complete the job. Looks nice.


  1. Thanks to owner Maria both for fixing up her place and being patient with the HPOZ approval. The outcome looks just great and adds yet more to our part of the city. Kudos!

  2. Some Big brother shit right here. Theres more details about a house being painted in a historical area than I ever wanted to know.

  3. The house looks fantastic! Now it’s time to lose that chain link fence!

  4. Oh great, a grey house.

    Nobody should be able to tell you what color you have to paint the house YOU OWN. You want to be historically accurate? Don’t try to tell the owner crap about their house. You think when this house was built, the colour had to be approved by a neighborhood committee? You want to be REALLY historically accurate? Pull out all the grounded plugs, redo all the wiring to be historically accurate. As a matter of fact, no modern TVs or modern electronics. Also, no coloreds.

    What a bunch of nonsense.

  5. I suppose that if they minded being told what color they could paint their house, they probably would have moved to a different neighborhood. it’s not as if it was a big surprise to them.

  6. And to take the property rights argument to the next level, I should be able to build a factory or coal plant on my lot, right?

    Sorry, walnut kings, it’s called zoning. Los Angeles was the first US city to enjoy its benefits. The HPOZ designation is a part of the property’s zoning and all property owners have to initial a page disclosing the HPOZ status when buying in the zone.

    Don’t want to deal with it? Don’t buy in an HPOZ.

  7. I really like not just the paint job but the way they added trim to the windows and all around above the windows. It makes the house have its own style while still within the guidelines.
    I agree with the chainlink fence criticism but maybe now the house is painted they’ll invest in some landscaping which will minimize the effect of the fence.

  8. I can’t pick a color grouping to save my life, and it’s stressing me out. I’d totally appreciate a panel’s help. I wonder if they’d take on a house outside of the HPOZ designation? =)

  9. The house looks great! Congratulations to the owner.

    A reminder to Eastsider readers that the annual HPOZ Conference is coming up on May 7th. All are welcome – whether you live in an HPOZ or just care about historic LA neighborhoods. Info and registration: http://preservation.lacity.org/node/438

  10. The funny thing Gabriele is that they didn’t add any trim. It’s just that you can SEE the trim now, because they paint colors are well suited to the house’s style. It’s really rare that anyone’s paint colors are denied outright in an HPOZ, and the discussion is usually centered around what paint is applied to what elements, etc.

  11. there is something on the sides of that window that wasn’t there in the first shot.

  12. If you love the house you aren’t going to not buy it because you can’t paint it orange and pink.

    If you can’t tell the difference between a bad paint job and black lung, you have bigger problems.

  13. Great color!! Lord Rivas, if we had historic regulations in place year ago Los Angeles would not have lost so many of its historic buildings like the old Richfield Building. HPOZ’s help protect neighborhoods. Look at the stucco put on old craftsman houses. What a shame. Look at the minimalls which have replaced historic structures. A tragedy. Look at the best rail system in the country back in the day…now we are placing tracks back where they belong to alleviate the traffic nightmare. I love a freedom of expression more than anyone but we have so few historic neighborhoods left.

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