127-year-old Lincoln Heights house in line to become historic landmark*

Built 127 years ago at the base of a Lincoln Heights hill,  the Queen Anne-style Young-Gribling residence retains an imposing albeit haunted-house like presence complete with steep roofs and a tower that looks down upon Griffin Avenue.  But the home at 3320 Griffin Avenue  is in need of extensive repairs, prompting the current owners to have the property, designed by one of Los Angeles’  first architects, A.J. Young,  declared a city historic cultural monument. That would would make the property eligible for Mills Act property tax credits, which would help defray the costs of repairs and renovation.  This afternoon, the City Councils’ Planning and Land Use Management Committee is scheduled to review* the monument application, which has already been approved by the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission.

“It’s a great house but it does need a lot of work,” said historian and consultant Charles Fisher, who submitted the monument application on behalf of the owners.

The monument application provides some information about Young:

The Young-Gribling Residence was designed by the architect Robert Brown Young for his brother AJ. Young and his wife, Jennie. Robert Brown Young was one of the early architects in Los Angeles, also known for his designs for prominent area hotels of the time period including the Hotel Lankershim, The Occidental and the Hollenbeck.

The Young-Gribling residence might be the last remaining structure designed by Young.

* Update: The committee voted in favor of the historic monument nomination
* Correction
: A previous version of the story said the home was 117 years old. That’s wrong. The home, constructed in 1885, was built 127 years ago.


  1. Yay! More of this great preservation news please!!!

  2. I ran into an old photo of a pacific electric street car on Griffin Ave.,, you can see the Lincoln Hills home in the background. Here is the link:


    • Rafael – that is an awesome picture! About what year would it have been taken and where did you find it?

      • The photo dates from the late 40’s as evidenced by the license plate on the Ford. A ’47 plate with ‘48,9,50 tag.

  3. A small correction would be that the house is actually 127 years old… There exists another great photograph of this house on the California State Library historical photography collection, under the title of “show house” Behrman photo collection, house on Griffin Ave. The picture dates from 1885 or so, and shows the “Young/ Gribling” house with it’s neighbor the John von Keith residence/polytechnic institute. Thanks for the heads up on the PE photo.

  4. So happy to see that the “House on the Hill” is getting the recognition it deserves! It has long been the jewel in the crown of the diverse styles of houses that wind down Griffin Ave. If any house is worthy of historical preservation, this one would be it. Best of luck to the owners!

  5. I drove past this on the 10th and noticed that work was being done on it and that it was easier to see–and said a silent wish that whoever has the house would take care of it and let it be true to its history…so good to read it’s actually happening.

  6. EXCELLENT, to see ragged survivors like this BEAUTY being rescued.

  7. Lovely. If this doesn’t qualify for Mills Act tax credits, I can’t imagine what would. I would think it will cost a fortune to rehabilitate — so glad to see this is being done.

  8. Thanks for the info. I’ve wondered about this house quite a few times as I have driven past it over the last few years.

    @Rafael: what a great photo! Wish we still had the streetcars.

  9. Great house! How about some photos from time to time showing how the restoration is progressing?

  10. This is awesome, Growing up in Lincoln heights there is so much history that we should all be proud of. I remember going to Hillside elementary and passing thru this house many times as a kid.

  11. @ Sandra the website is pacificelectric.org

  12. Here is the link to “show house” photo in the California State Library historical photography collection. Great photo, thanks Paul.


    • What is that big round building behind the house? It’s awesome! And what happened to it?

      • carol:
        the “big round house” is Prof. John von Keith’s Polytechnic Institute If you look closely at the photo, you can see von Keith and his wife(?) standing on the roof, and also the phrase “Gallery of fine art and sculpture” on the staircase leading to the tower. Von Keith lost control of it to creditors in 1885, it was briefly a hotel (The Idylwild) and burned in December 0f 1890.

  13. Just a couple of corrections. The application states that the house my be the last remaining example of a single family residence designed by Robert Brown Young. Several examples of Young’s commercial work survive, as does The Young Apartments, which have been listed as a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument for a number of years.

  14. This house was home for the Sanchez family from 1958 to 1987.It was a great home to a family of six.It had leaded glass windows,bathtubs with claw legs ,and had 3 odd shaped bedrooms on the second floor and yes it was spooky at times.The house was really a duplex with two addresses.We had fun playing in the hills that were in our back yard.

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