Country Club Park
Country Club Park's is bounded approximately by Olympic, Pico and Crenshaw and Western Boulevards. Most of the single homes reflect the upscale district that Country Club Park was developed to be. There are also several Art Deco bungalows and apartment buildings. The area was developed from the 1910s for whites only. The Los Angeles Country Club was the primary feature of the neighborhood at the time of development, but the club has since been moved to Wilshire Bouelvard (just west of Beverly Hills).
Some of the jewels of Country Club Park are around the intersection of 12th Street and Westchester Place, including the grounds of the Claretian Retreat Center, and the Milbank mansion. The neighborhood is sprinkled with well-maintained Mediterranean “villas,” Tudor castles, Craftsman bungalows, and late Victorian Queen Annes homes.
Originally segregated, it was one of the first affluent communities to allow African American residents, making it a desirable neighborhood for upper-class blacks. Famous residents included Mahalia Jackson, Lou Rawls, Lena Horne, Tuskeegee Airman Celes King, and many others. Country Club Park is now one of the city's most diverse areas.