The Casa Libre/Freedom House is a historic mansion purchased by the Center for
Human Rights and Constitutional Law, Inc. in 1996.
Registered as a county, state and federal historic site,
this 10,000-square-foot Gothic mansion was built in
The home was designed by renowned architect John
Parkinson, designer of the Los Angeles Coliseum, Los
Angeles City Hall, and the Union Station.
With vaulted ceilings and curved walls throughout, the
house is an architectural masterpiece. Its Gothic
construction is characterized by lightness and soaring
Freedom House is located in the Pico Union district of
Los Angeles, close to a wide range of non-profit
organizations providing community-based social services.
After being purchased, the Casa Libre/Freedom House was
renovated with updated plumbing, electrical systems, ADA
compliance, fire-alarm system, etc.
The program opened to serve as a shelter for homeless
children in December 2002. Prior to the opening of the
Casa Libre/Freedom House, the Center for Human Rights
and Constitutional Law operated a homeless youth shelter
for over ten years at the Safe Haven Shelter, a six-bed
shelter located a few blocks away from the Casa Libre