Niodrara Drive

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The Niodrara Drive historic district consists of 32 single-family homes in the Verdugo Woodlands neighborhood. The area is part of the land allotted to Teodoro and Catalina Verdugo, grand-nephew and daughter of the ranchero José María Verdugo, in the Great Partition of 1871. The land containing the proposed district was subdivided beginning in 1909, first by the Verdugo Canyon Land Company and then by the F.P. Newport Company in 1917. The lots were further subdivided in the post-World War II era. The houses in the proposed district represent fifty years of development activity (1912 – 1962). Collectively, they display the range of styles popular during those decades, from Period Revival through the Ranch and Modern styles. They also reflect changing tastes and trends in Glendale's residential architecture. The area is strongly defined by its landscape and streetscape features, including a flowing stream that once ran along both sides of Niodrara Drive. The various bridges that criss-cross the stream bed, along with other natural and man-made elements, define and give the district its unique rustic character. Though its homes were built over the course of several decades, the stream and lush, tree-filled landscape tie them together as a highly picturesque and cohesive district.

If you have any questions about the district or the designation process, please contact Jay Platt, Senior Urban Designer, at either (818) 937-8155 or

Information about the Niodrara Drive historic district:

District Nomination and HPC Staff Report

District Map

Materials and Presentations from Public Meetings and Hearings

General information about historic districts:

Historic District Handbook

Historic District Q&A: answers to commonly-asked questions

Historic District Process Flowchart: from application to City Council decision

Historic District Residential Design Guidelines
These guidelines help property owners in designated districts determine what kinds of work may or may not be appropriate for their homes. Generally, projects meeting the guidelines can be approved at staff level, without further review by the Historic Preservation Commission

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