Contents 1 First generation 2 Second generation 3 Third generation 4 Fourth generation 5 Fifth generation 6 References

First generation[edit] The Janss Investment Company was founded by Peter Janss, an immigrant doctor from Denmark. Peter Janss graduated in the class of 1877 in Keokuk, Iowa, and by 1882 he was appointed Hall County physician.[1] He moved to Los Angeles in 1893, planning to practice medicine but discovered the real estate industry was much more lucrative. By 1906 he and his two sons, Edwin Janss Sr. and Harold Janss established an investment company, creating subdivisions in Boyle Heights, Monterey Park, and Yorba Linda.[2] Janss developed Ramona Acres in Monterey Park.[3] Janss subdivided Highland Villa and Belvedere Gardens in Boyle Heights.[4] In 1909, Janss subdivided a 3,500-acre (14 km2) part of the Bernardo Yorba Rancho Cañón de Santa Ana property and named the new town "Yorba Linda".[5]

Second generation[edit] Janss Steps, UCLA Sons Edwin Janss Sr. and Harold Janss developed Van Nuys and Owensmouth, now called Canoga Park. In 1911 Harold Janss married Arthur Letts daughter Gladys. In 1923 after Arthur Letts, Sr. died, they took control of the 3,300-acre (13 km2) William Wolfskill ranch on Rancho San Jose de Buenos Ayres. In a deal to get the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1925 Janss Investment Company sold 375 acres (1.5 km2) to the cities of Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills at the bargain price of $1.2 million — about a quarter of its value. The cities, whose voters had passed bond issues to pay for the site, turned around and donated it to the state.[6] The UCLA campus's "Janss Steps" are named for the two brothers. While the UCLA campus was being built, Janss Investment Company went to work developing the Westwood Village commercial area and surrounding residential neighborhoods.[7][8][9] The Janss Brothers' headquarters in Westwood Village, the Janss Investment Company Building or Janss Dome, was opened in 1929. The Dome stands today as one of the iconic buildings of Westwood Village. The firm's Janss Investment Co. "stamps" embellish sidewalks in many Westside residential neighborhoods.

Third generation[edit] Edwin Janss Jr. was chairman of the Janss Investment Company and the third generation of a family of Los Angeles real-estate developers.[10][11] He and his brother Bill Janss helped expand or develop two ski resorts — Sun Valley in Idaho and Snowmass (ski area) in Colorado — both of which were sold in the late 1970s. Bill Janss was a member of the never-to-compete 1940 US Ski Team.[12] They developed the suburban community of Thousand Oaks on 10,000-acre (40 km2) of land in the Conejo Valley purchased in 1919.[9]

Fourth generation[edit] William Janss Jr., M.D., took over the family business and became Janss Corp.'s president in 1980. During his term, the firm developed some $160 million worth of projects. The firm ceased operations in 1995.[13] Dr. Janss now resides in El Paso, Texas, where he practices.

Fifth generation[edit] William Janss Jr.'s son, Todd Janss of Janss Industries graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and worked at Oracle for over a year before moving to work for a leading search engine company.

References[edit] ^ 1890 Hall County History ^ United States Commission on Industrial Relations, 1916, Industrial Relations: Final Report, Testimony of Edwin Janss - Janss Investment Company, Vol VI, p. 5826 - 5833 ^ Timothy P. Fong, 1994, The first suburban Chinatown, Temple University Press, ISBN 978-1-56639-262-4 ^ Broad Acres To Be Platted Janss Investment Company Makes Big Purchase, Los Angeles Herald, April 02, 1905 ^ Janss Investment Company advertisements for Yorba Linda land, Orange County Tribune 25 May 1910 ^ University of California History - Los Angeles: Historical Overview ^ Tom Sitton, William Francis Deverell, 2001, Metropolis in the making: Los Angeles in the 1920s, University of California Press, ISBN 978-0-520-22627-2 ^ Richard W. Longstreth, 1998,City Center to Regional Mall:Architecture, the Automobile, and Retailing in Los Angeles, 1920-1950, MIT Press, ISBN 978-0-262-62125-0 ^ a b Enriquez, Sam (January 4, 1987). "A Family's Fortune". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 March 2017.  ^ Edwin Janss Jr., 74, a Developer of Suburbs and Two Ski Resorts, New York Times, March 18, 1989 ^ Auctions, New York Times, April 14, 1989 ^ John Fry, 2006,The story of modern skiing, UPNE , ISBN 978-1-58465-489-6 ^ Janss Corp. real estate firm closing down, Los Angeles Business Journal, Oct 9, 1995 Retrieved from "" Categories: Real estate companies of the United StatesFinancial services companies based in CaliforniaLand owners from CaliforniaHistory of Los AngelesEconomy of Thousand Oaks, CaliforniaUniversity of California, Los AngelesWestwood, Los AngelesCompanies based in Los AngelesAmerican companies established in 1895Financial services companies established in 1895Companies disestablished in 19951895 establishments in California1995 disestablishments in CaliforniaDefunct companies based in the Greater Los Angeles Area

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