Exterior of Canter’s Delicatessen, orange building

Groundbreaking in size, scope and methodology, SurveyLA is Los Angeles’ first-ever comprehensive citywide survey of historic resources. This comprehensive program surveyed 880,000 parcels, across an area of 500 square miles. ARG was an essential collaborator to the City of Los Angeles’ Office of Historic Resources in nearly every phase of the SurveyLA project for more than 10 years.

Through its on-call contract with the Office of Historic Resources (OHR), ARG participated in the following SurveyLA phases and tasks, often managing large consultant teams:

  • Field database development, including creation of an architectural description application
  • Boyle Heights (Pilot phase)
  • West Adams-Baldwin Hills-Leimert Park (Group 1)
  • South and Southeast Los Angeles (Group 2)
  • South San Fernando Valley (Group 4)
  • Westchester-Playa del Rey (Group 5)
  • Arleta-Pacoima and Mission Hills-Panorama City-North Hills (Group 6)
  • Wilshire-Boyle Heights (Group 7)
  • North San Fernando Valley (Group 8)
  • Northeast Los Angeles (Group 9)
  • Central City (Group 10)
  • Los Angeles Modernism Historic Contexts and Themes
  • Ranch House themes
  • Asian Americans in Los Angeles, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, and Thai Historic Context Statements


The ARG survey team was interviewed by PBS for a special news segment about SurveyLA
The largest of its kind in the country, and its ground-breaking methodology, the SurveyLA project has served as a model for other citywide surveys across the nation.
The SurveyLA project was made possible through the financial support and commitment of the J. Paul Getty Trust


For a full list of honors received by Survey LA, please click here.

Photography courtesy of Architectural Resources Group

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