Highland Park Heritage Trust Honors Local Philanthropist

Rudzki  Honored with Community Preservation Award

1035 Dexter by Howard Rudzki

 The Highland Park Heritage Trust honored local philanthropist Howard Rudzki with a Community Preservation Award for his work on the restoration of a local Craftsman Bungalow.  The award ceremony was held Sunday afternoon at Temple Beth Israel.

“These historic homes are part of the fabric of this community and I am so honored to receive this award,” Rudzki said.  “I believe we owe it to future generations to preserve these treasures which both celebrates our rich history showcase the diverse that defines Los Angeles.”

Award winners received certificates from Highland Park Heritage Trust and certificates from the City of Los Angeles.  Presenters were Zenay Loera from José Huizar’s office, Melinda Ramos Alatorre from Gil Cedillo’s office, Anne Marie Wozniak  and Charles J. Fisher on behalf of Highland Park Heritage Trust.

The Community Preservation Awards demonstrate the ongoing pride that the community takes in its cultural and historical legacy. The nominations for the awards are not just limited to buildings. Over the years there have been a wide range of winners. In 1985 the restored 1927 International Harvester delivery truck used by Sparkletts received a award, as did a 1905 snorkel truck that was restored by Fire Station No. 12 (now at the Los Angeles Fire Department Museum), in 1982, the first year of the awards.

The reopening of the Southwest Museum tunnel with the restoration of the original dioramas was honored in 1996 (The tunnel has since been closed again by the Autry). The restoration of the artistic enhancement of the Garvanza San Pasqual staircase was a recipient in 2002. s

Businesses have also received many awards over the years. The Shell service station at Avenue 52 and Figueroa won an award in 1994. Cafe de Leche was a winner in 2010 and more recently Fresco’s Community Market, in Hermon, won an award in 2012.  Both local Jack-in-the Boxes have won; the one in Garvanza for its landscaping and the one in Highland Park for its then new Craftsman building.


1035 Dexter Built 1916
This front gabled Craftsman features a wide front porch with four Tuscan columns that are supported by concrete pillars. The owner did a complete renovation that included de-stuccoing the house and replacing nearly half of the clapboard siding. All the windows were recreated by using a single window that had been left under the house. A beautiful shade of salmon and a complimentary light green and white trim have breathed new life into this charming home. A Craftsman style wooden fence completes the picture. The owners are to be commended for their dedication to historic integrity in the renovation of this property and are truly deserving of the 2014 award.