Past Events

Sunday, May 18, 2014
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
27 St. James Park

A last minute change has required a change of venue for this weekend's Preservation Brunch. Past President Jim Robinson and his wife Janice, always generous in their support of WAHA, have graciously offered to host the event in the gardens of their Stearns-Dockweiler Residence, located at 27 St. James Park, just north of Adams Boulevard, between Hoover and Figueroa.

Come celebrate Preservation Month -  Our Special guest speaker is Christy Johnson McAvoy, founding principal of Historic Resources Group, and WAHA will also present the 2014 Martin Eli Weil Award, WAHA's highest award for preservation.

Continental Breakfast will be served, accompanied by refreshments and mimosa's.


Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, founded in 1884 and one of Los Angeles’ oldest cemeteries, has long been connected to the Civil War by its many hundreds of veterans interred there. During the cemetery’s earliest years, people gathered here in West Adams to remember their loved ones, in particular Civil War veterans on the occasion of Memorial Day. This year, with a nod to the conflict’s 150th anniversary, WAHA along with the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) General Rosecrans Camp, its Women’s Auxiliary, and the Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, will gather at Angelus Rosedale Cemetery on Sunday, May 25, to once again pay tribute to those who fought in the War Between the States.


Thursday, June 5
7 – 9 p.m.
2102 W. 24th St. (one blk. east of Gramercy Place, Gramercy Park)

WAHA has a long-standing tradition of holding Newcomer's Desserts to meet and welcome new WAHA Members to the organization. The next one of these events will be held on Thursday, June 5, from 7 – 9 p.m. Please join us as the Membership Committee hosts this event at John Kurtz’s historic home in Gramercy Park. It’s not necessary to bring something to share but any treats brought will be appreciated. Everyone is welcome.


Sunday, April 6, 2014 -  4:00-7:00 p.m.

WAHA’s most important Membership Meeting is just around the corner – Sunday, April 6th, and I want to encourage all of our members to attend. We will be asking for your input as to the future direction of your organization - from the people who matter most, our members!

You won't want to miss the opportunity to see this gorgeous house!  In addition,  Derek Japha will share a short presentation on fighting commercial corridor blight along West Adams Boulevard, and Jett Loe will be previewing “Untold LA,” his incredible digital photo album on Historic West Adams.


Whip out those new 2014 calendars –– We have a ton of fun planned in the weeks ahead!

Fundraising Event at El Cholo Cafe

Monday, February 3, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

1121 S. Western Avenue

Please Step Out to El Cholo Cafe on the 3rd –– and bring your friends and family: WAHA will receive 20% of whatever you spend! Just bring the flyer on page 17.

An Afternoon with Oscar (Costumes) Saturday, February 15, 2:30 p.m. FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) Museum, 919 S. Grand (Downtown)

Get some behind-the-scenes insight into this year’s Oscar nominees for best costumes as WAHA tours the annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition at the FIDM Museum. 

Mardi Gras in West Adams

Saturday, March 1, 4 - 7 p.m.

Celebrate at WAHA’s next potluck, N’Awlins-style! In honor of Mardi Gras, please bring a Southern, Creole or Cajun dish to share.  Let the Good Times Roll!

Laissez les bons temps rouler!


Well, here we are, at the beginning of a new year, and –– Oh, Boy –– does WAHA have a lot of events already planned! Please take a look at WAHA’s Preservation Calendar on page 19 (you could even cut it out and put in on your bulletin board or refrigerator), which includes many important dates already slated for fun events, historic tours and preservation activities.


Please join us for a Fun and Delicious Fund Raising Event benefiting the West Adams Heritage Association

February 3, 2014
11:00 AM - 10:00PM
El Cholo
1121 South Western Avenue

Simply join us at El Cholo for delicious Food and Margaritas, or order Take Out.
20% of the proceeds will be donated to the West Adams Heritage Association.
Click here to print out the flyer and be sure to bring it with you.


Another successful event!

WAHA’s most popular tour took place on December 7 & 8, 2013 celebrating A Jolly Holiday in Oxford Square.

To all of you that attended this year's tour, your support of our non-profit organization is very much appreciated.


About Historic Oxford Square


On Sunday, April 14, 2013, from 11am to 4pm the L.A. Heritage Alliance will host its Fourth Annual L.A. Heritage Day to share Los Angeles and Southern California’s history through tours, five museums, children’s activities, presentations, giveaways, food, and other activities. The entire event and all activities are free and will take place at the birthplace of Los Angeles and adjacent to world-famous Olvera Street, making for a full day of free history, fun, and entertainment.

“In an area sometimes perceived as having no ‘real’ history, L.A. Heritage Day is an opportunity for people to learn about and enjoy the fascinating people, places, and events that have shaped Southern California,” said Cindy Olnick, spokesperson for the Los Angeles Conservancy. “It’s also a chance to learn about the incredible variety of local preservation groups, museums, libraries, and historical societies serving people today throughout Los Angeles County.”


The Holiday Tour & Progressive Dinner was a great success - another sold-out event!

West Adams Heritage Association's
26th Annual Holiday Tour & Progressive Dinner
A Warm Welcome to Wellington Square 
Holidays in the Heart of the City

Saturday, December 1 & Sunday, December 2, 2012

The West Adams Heritage Association extends to you A Warm Welcome to Wellington Square. This gracious neighborhood is a vivid representation of the rapid growth that Los Angeles experienced during the 1920s in the years following the end of "The Great War."

There are a few examples of the wonderful Craftsman homes that were typical of nearby neighborhoods constructed prior to WWI, but most of the homes that grace the broad streets of Wellington Square reflect the eclectic styles of a vibrant young city, with Spanish, Tudor, Norman, and other "Revival" styles throughout the neighborhood.