San Fernando Valley History Digital Library
California State University Northridge

Oviatt Library

Dedication of "Welcome to Arleta" sign sponsored by the Arleta Chamber of Commerce, 1994

Corner of Reseda Blvd and Sherman Way, ca. 1963.


A neighborhood founded in 1909 in the central San Fernando Valley between Van Nuys and Winnetka. It was originally named Marian after the daughter of Los Angeles Times publisher Gen. Harrison Gray Otis, one of the members of the Los Angeles Suburban Homes Company who subdivided the land in 1913. It was renamed Reseda, meaning "gives comfort" in Latin, in 1922.

Display Reseda images with descriptions

18111 Nordhoff St. Northridge CA 91330 (818) 677-2285