Mural at one of the main entrances to Estrada Courts.
Mural at one of the main entrances to Estrada Courts.

Coordinates: 34°01′08″N 118°12′29″W / 34.018973°N 118.208188°W / 34.018973; -118.208188

Estrada Courts is a low-income housing project in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles, California.[1] It is located between E. Olympic Blvd. on the south and E. 8th St. on the north, and S. Lorena St. on the east and S. Grande Vista Ave. on the west.[2]

History and construction

Estrada Courts was constructed in 1942-1943, during the World War II housing shortage in Southern California, which resulted from the war-time boom in war-industry work, followed by the return of servicemen to the region and the Bracero program. Of the original 30 buildings, 214 units were reserved for defense housing.

In 1954, Paul Robinson Hunter designed an extension of the site with Fred Barlow, Jr.[3] providing 414 total apartments today. When the Estrada Courts were built it was unique to other housing projects because it “was not fully segregated or bound by racial restrictions”.[3] The Estrada Courts allowed for more integrated complexes therefore, welcoming more than just the low-income/working class. Post-war era the Estrada Courts began to evolve, in the 1970s a total of eighty murals were painted by Chicano muralists.[3]

Estrada Courts is owned by the City of Los Angeles and operated by the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles.


Estrada Courts is well known for its murals, which reflect the Chicano barrio culture and traditions of the area.

“Chicano murals look the way they do, because the authors concentrate not only on individual murals but on mural clusters and establish a dialogic interplay of form, content, and location among them". The iconography in the mural clusters emerges from the sociohistorical context not only of the space where they are painted but also of the aesthetic norms of specific barrio cultures over an extended period of time.” [4]

The murals include:

The murals Dreams of Flight, Untitled by Daniel Haro (1983), and Untitled by Steve Delgado (1973) are featured prominently in an episode of the television show Robbery Homicide Division-City of Strivers from November 8, 2002.[citation needed]


Residents are assigned to the following schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District:


  1. ^ "Estrada Courts". Los Angeles Conservancy. Retrieved 2017-02-15.
  2. ^ "Estrada Courts Housing Projects (Los Angeles, California)". Wikimapia. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Estrada Courts | Los Angeles Conservancy". Retrieved 2021-02-15.
  4. ^ Aberth, Susan; Barnet-Sanchez, Holly; Carrington, Leonora (1992). "Leonora Carrington". Art Journal. 51 (3): 83. doi:10.2307/777352. ISSN 0004-3249. JSTOR 777352.
  5. ^ "In Memory of a Home Boy mural".
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  7. ^ "Daniel A. Haro". IMDb.
  8. ^ "La Fiesta". MCLA. Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  10. ^ " Is For Sale".