19170 Ventura Blvd.,
Tarzana, CA 91356


Phone: 818-345-9410

Fax: 818-705-4524

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History of Tarzana Inn

The area now known as Tarzana was originally part of the San Fernando Mission, which was established in 1797 by Spanish settlers and missionaries. The Spanish eventually displaced the indigenous population. Later on the area was seized by Mexico and then by the United States. A series of large cattle ranches owned by the wealthy and powerful local elites occupied the area. Beginning in the 1870s, the area was purchased by investors who transformed it into a large-scale wheat farm operation.

In 1909 the surrounding area was purchased by the Los Angeles Suburban Homes Company. General Harrison Gray Otis, founder and publisher of the Los Angeles Times, had invested in the company, while also purchasing 550 acres in the center of modern-day Tarzana. Another investor established a small town called Runnymede in the general vicinity and allocated the surrounding land for small poultry ranches and berry farms.
In 1915 Edgar Rice Burroughs, best known as the author of the Tarzan stories, purchased Otis’ land, upon which he built a large home, and renamed the property Tarzana Ranch. Burroughs subdivided and sold the land for residential development, while the neighboring small farms were also converted to residential areas. In 1927, local residents renamed the town Tarzana in honor of Burroughs and his famous literary character. Tarzana is located 2 miles from most Woodland Hills Hotels and Woodland Hills Restaurants.

Mission Statement

The Tarzana Community and Cultural Center is established to provide and maintain a facility, in a park-like setting, dedicated to the community for meetings, activities and programs that nurture community spirit, the arts, education and history and unique cultural qualities of Tarzana.
Community support is at the heart of the renewal of "Our Corner." The Center is a congenial spot for making new friends and renewing old friendships.

Vision Statement

The Tarzana Community and Cultural Center will be an environment conductive to community activities, the resource for cultural experiences and Local historical information, and treasured for its sensitive response to Tarzana's residents and business shared desire for a place in which to come together, dream, create and grow.


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