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Old 05-31-2010, 08:51 PM
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Hi everyone, I have a question that I hope someone can shed some light on. I'm researching a small historic apartment building in the city. It was originally built in 1928 as four units but was split into eight units in 1930. I'm trying to ascertain if a certain person lived in a certain apartment, but I know that the apartment numbers have been switched over time, so I'm not sure if the address they have listed corresponds to the actual apartment that has that number now. This has been further complicated by the fact that I recently spoke to a city inspector, who told me that there is a "scheme" for how/in what order apartments within a building are supposed to be numbered, based on their location within the building, and that the building as it stands now doesn't follow it.

Does anyone know what he could possibly be talking about? Was this an old guideline that has been discarded? I've gone through the building codes and haven't been able to find any directions about how or in what order apartments should be numbered within a building. I'm hoping someone out there will be able to shed some light on this. I would love to be able to figure out what the units' original numbers were.

(If it helps, the building is eight units with fractional addresses, rather than apartment "numbers". So, instead of one street address with eight apartments, there are eight different street numbers, some with fractions.)

Thanks in advance for any help!
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:32 PM
Location: Los Angeles
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Don't know if this will help, but apartments have either a number, or letter to denote location.
Unless each apartment in the building you are referring too has seperate water meters, they can't be llisted as a seperate address as you stated.
This refers to apartment buildings, not seperate detached houses placed on one lot.
Each property in the city is assigned a water meter.
That water meter may feed many units at that property address, but an apartment would not have a seperate water meter, thus no seperate address.
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Old 06-03-2010, 12:59 AM
Location: Orange County, CA
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I would check out old planning/zoning/permit records with the city. At some point, they further divided the properties and you may find something....although I think it was only relatively recently that the city mandated floor plans be provided for fire code and emergency situations. But still, you may find something.
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