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Historic Resources Group played a significant role in the City of Los Angeles’ groundbreaking “SurveyLA,” a comprehensive program to identify potentially significant historic resources throughout the city. Partially funded by a grant from the J. Paul Getty Trust, SurveyLA gathered baseline information on potential historic resources to inform planning decisions and support City policy goals and processes. Unprecedented in its scope and breadth, SurveyLA covered over 880,000 land parcels distributed over wide-ranging and varied geographies. This City-led effort required the development of historic contexts, extensive public outreach, multiple field teams, expert peer review and the development of proprietary software for the recordation of field data.

HRG was involved in all phases of the SurveyLA effort, taking responsibility for portions of the historic context that provided the basis for the survey, and helping to develop registration requirements that set criteria for historic eligibility. HRG conducted pilot surveys to test the field guide methodology and proprietary technology, and spearheaded public outreach efforts that included the development of a web-based guide to public participation.

HRG either led the field efforts or participated as a field team since official survey work began in the summer of 2010. HRG conducted surveys in Hollywood, significant portions of the San Fernando Valley, West Los Angeles, San Pedro, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Westlake, Westwood, Venice, and downtown Los Angeles.