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Why Historic Preservation is Important

Preserving
the history of a place through its significant historic resources gives a community its unique character, and historic preservation adds to the quality of life making for a more livable community.

International Institute of Los Angeles/Boyle Heights
435 South Boyle Avenue
Los Angeles/Boyle Heights, Ca 90033
HCM# 1224

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CHC-2020-899-HCM 435

Spanish Colonial Revival style, designed by Webber & Spaulding.

The International Institute-Los Angeles/Boyle Heights, is significant for its association with Progress Era reform, women's social movements, and patterns of immigration in Los Angeles.

As a community-serving institutions, the property represents Boyle Heights' ethno-racial diversity and is an excellent example of Spanish colonial Revival architecture in an institutional setting.

The IILA was founded in 1914 under the umbrella of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) as part of the nationwide International Institute Movement. Spearheaded by social worker Terry Bremer, the International Institutes offered first- and second-generation women an alternative to the assimilationist practices of the settlement house movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The agencies structured their social services around the theory of cultural pluralism, arguing that preserving immigrant heritage strengthened American democracy. The IILA’s all-female staff maintained its liberal views on immigrant education and citizenship amid a period of mounting anti-immigrant rhetoric, policies, and practices during the 1920s and 1930s. Its members included women and girls from Asia, Latin America, and Eastern and Southern Europe, and many of its social workers were second-generation members of the ethnic communities they served. During World War II, the organization lobbied against the incarceration of persons of Japanese ancestry and assisted with resettlement efforts after the war ended.

CASE NO: Click to view our Historic Cultural Monument Application: CHC-2020-6022-HCM
For those of you who remember the wonderful dances that took place at the International Institute Los Angeles/Boyle Heights, here are few Dance Tickets, courtesy George Nakano:  It was nice to learn that former Assembly member George Nakano and Councilmember Gil Cedillo were seat mate in the State Assembly and Councilmember Herb Wesson as Assembly Speaker appointed George as the first Asian Democratic Caucus Chair. George also served with Councilmember Paul Koretz in the State Assembly.

We look forward to sharing more of your memorabilia.

Boyle Heights Community Partners is a California 501(c)(3) Nonprofit #84-1775338, State Charity Registration # 64141193, (c) 2018