Hancock Park was developed in the 1920s by the Hancock family with profits earned from oil drilling in the former Rancho La Brea. The area owes its name to developer-philanthropist George Allan Hancock, who subdivided the property in the 1920s. The Hancock Park development started on Rossmore and moved west to Highland in 1921.
Hancock subdivided the property from Rossmore to Highland avenues between Wilshire Blvd and Melrose Ave into residential lots. He leased 105 acres to the Wilshire Country Club with an option to buy. Hancock also insisted that his master plan include concrete streets and the location of utility lines at the rear of each development, out of sight of homeowners. Another condition was that homeowners build no less than 50 feet from the curb.
611 S Muirfield Rd (aka: Isidor Eisner Estate): 1925 Italian Revival home. Former home of Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith. Architect: Gordon Kaufmann
526 N Plymouth Blvd: Former home of Manny Pacquiao
501 S Plymouth Blvd (aka: Henry W. O'Melveny House): 1909. Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #756. Architects: Hunt, Eager & Burns
800 S Plymouth Blvd (aka: Ruskin Art Club): 1922 Mission Revival. City of Los Angeles Cultural Historic Monument #639
1120 Westchester Pl (aka: The Alfred F. Rosenheim Mansion and The Murder House): 1908. Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #660. Earned the moniker "The Murder House" after being featured on the television series American Horror Story. Architect: Alfred F. Rosenheim
221 S St Andrews Pl: 1913 Craftsman. Architects: Alfred & Arthur Heineman. Renovation architect: Barbara Bestor. Landscape architect: Campion Walker
950 S Highland Ave: 2001 modern architectural home. Featured in Architectural Record, LA Architect, Los Angeles Times, Architecture, Sunset, and Metropolitan Home. Architects: Linda Pollari and Robert Somol