Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society
Nov 17, 2021 7:00 AM
Richard Battaglia
Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society

Richard Battaglia is a realtor with Compass and prior to that was nineteen years in senior management with high end national retailers and specialty stores. In 1985 Richard and his former wife, Robin Piccone, pioneered the use of the wet suit fabric, neoprene, into the women's wear market through their creation of Body Glove Swimwear in their Venice Canals garage.

He is a homeowner in the Elysian Heights Echo Park area of Los Angeles.

In 1989 he purchased a big Dutch Colonial fixer at 144 N. Norton Avenue. While under construction the workmen found a long forgotten sterling silver flask hidden in a wall under the sink in a powder room, a sterling silver cigarette case hidden in the overgrown ivy outside and a Gene Autry gun hidden in a wall near the stairs.

A proud member of the group who initiated the Windsor Square Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) which led to the creation of subsequent overlay zones in Hancock Park, Windsor village, Wilshire Park, etc. He and his group were honored by the Los Angeles Conservancy in June of 2005. This led to a three-year column on historic houses in and around the overlay zone for the Larchmont Chronicle.

His credentials include:
Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Body Glove Swimwear, Guess Swimwear, Robin Piccone
Board member of the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council
Board Member of the Larchmont Village Neighborhood Association
Member of GOHPOZ, Historic Overlay Zone, Windsor Square
Honored by Los Angeles Conservancy, June 2005, GOHPOZ, Windsor Square
Board Member Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society
"Preservation Notebook" columnist, Larchmont Chronicle
Father of three children Maximillian, Luca and Isabella