The Henry T. Oxnard Historic District, located in downtown Oxnard, California, and the Wilson Neighborhood, welcomes you to our historic community. As homeowners in one of the city's earliest subdivisions, we take great pride in the charm of our historic neighborhood and surrounding community.
That pride is reflected in carefully manicured landscaped yards and sensitively restored homes. Ten city blocks reveal wonderful surprises in - Craftsman, Spanish Colonial, Period Revival bungalows and eclectic homes. If you work downtown or in the greater Oxnard area, like to attend cultural events or take in a movie, the Oxnard Historic District neighborhood is the perfect place to live.
About the Henry T. Oxnard National Historic District
The Henry T. Oxnard National Historic District is unique because it began as the “heart” of Oxnard, and, in many respects, remains so to this day. The neighborhood is still home to the same blend of community leaders, professionals and trades people as it was at its inception.
The first residential areas in Oxnard were established in the adjacent Hill tract (“C” through “E” Streets) when the City was plotted out in 1898. The Henry T. Oxnard subdivision opened in 1911: including “F” Street from Fifth Street to Magnolia Avenue. It was the “finest subdivision with a broad street, exceptionally deep lots and first-class residences”; as the advertisements of the day announced. Later, other tracts were added; including the Tom Hill tract, which is now Magnolia Avenue; the Henry Lathrop addition of “G” Street; the Lathrop addition of Colonia Gardens; the Palm Drive tract; the Lathrop-Eastwood subdivision; and the Dawley subdivision. These expanded the town boundaries first west, then north.
The “F” Street portion of the Henry T. Oxnard subdivision and the “G” Street portion of the Lathrop subdivision make up The Henry T. Oxnard National Historic District. This neighborhood was home to dentists, lawyers, physicians, merchants, confectioners, carpenters, bank officials, sugar beet factory officials, ranchers and machinists. The local business owners as well as their employees built and lived in the district.
The residences in the district range from small craftsman bungalows and revival cottages to large two-story craftsman, revival, and prairie-style bungalows. Most of the subdivision continued to be developed in the classic California bungalow styles until the 1920’s when the revival styles reached the apex of their popularity.
The 144 homes were placed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 5, 1999 because it has one of the highest ratios of contributing structures: meaning the homes have not been greatly modified and because the neighborhood has maintained its character, many of the homes have remained within the same family for generations.