Windsor Square

In 1885 a group of men formed a syndicate called the Windsor Square Land Company  and bought 200 acres of land for a $400 an acre bounded today by Plymouth, Bronson, Wilshire and Beverly.  They held the land until 1911 when they sold it for $5000 an acre.

The buyers, the Windsor Square Investment Company, was headed by Robert A. Rowan, a real estate investor.  The land was divided at Third Street with the land to the south to be subdivided first bounded by Irving Boulevard, Plymouth Boulevard, Third Street, and Wilshire Boulevard.  All streets were paved, utilities were underground, and the ornamental light standards were erected with the trademark “WS” at the base.  The cost of each lot was $7500.

The Janss family bought six contiguous lots at Fifth from Lorraine to Windsor and north through half the block.  Dr. Peter Janss, head of the family, built his own enormous Italian Renaissance home on two of the lots at the corner of Lorraine and Fifth in 1914.  The Chandler family owned the home until 1997.  The owners put it on the market in 2005 for $8,750,000.

The area to the west of original Windsor Square which includes Lucerne and Arden from Third to Fifth was a different tract owned by the Wilshire Hills Land Corporation.

The area north of Third called New Windsor Square opened in April, 1920 and was marketed by Tracy E. Shoults and Company. The area was bounded by Third, Larchmont, Beverly, Plymouth down to First and over to Irving and then back to Third.

The entire Windsor Square area really comprises two distinct tracts and philosophies:  pre and post World War I.  The architecture of New Windsor Square was much less formal.  The Edwardian era of Old Windsor Square gave way to the Roaring 20’s of New Windsor Square.

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