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LFIA Membership Forum “Law and Order”

The Los Feliz Improvement Association (LFIA) held their first membership meeting of the new year at the Autry on February 10, 2014 with the theme “Law and Order” and featured panelists City Attorney Mike Feuer and LAPD NE Division Captain Jeffrey Bert. It was also an occasion to wish LFIA President Chris Laib a Happy Birthday and to honor John Marshall High School on winning the Los Angeles City Academic Decathlon.


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Spanish Colonial & Mediterranean Architecture: A Tribute to the Quintessential Los Feliz Home

As I have the opportunity to explore our diverse neighborhoods, it becomes readily apparent that the "style of choice" during the heyday of Los Feliz development i.e. the 1920s was none other than the Spanish Colonial Revival and its cousin, the Mediterranean Revival. Our "front cover" features three of my newest entries, (L-R) the La Pyrenees Los Feliz Apartment Hotel, designed by Theodore Starrett in1929, the Cates Apartments designed by legendary architect Paul R. Williams and the Peter Nolan Residence designed by Norstrom & Anderson, Architects both in 1930.  What is perhaps the most amazing fact about the latter two is that they were completed after the Great Depression, an indication perhaps of the neighborhood's resilience during the worst of economic times.  For a tour, please visit the "Spanish & Mediterranean Revival" picture section on this website.

A Tribute to Griffith Jenkins Griffith 1850-1919

Thanks to the generosity of Griffith Jenkins Griffith, a wealthy industrialist and philanthropist, Los Angeles has one of the greatest urban parks in the country, namely Griffith Park.  After amassing a fortune in the mining business, Griffith donated the major portion (over 3,000 acres) of the Rancho Los Feliz property to the City of Los Angeles "as a place of rest and relaxation for the masses, for the plain people" in 1896.  His legacy was greatly tarnished by an infamous incident that happened in 1903.  While vacationing at the Santa Monica beach in September 1903, he shot his wife, Christina in the Presidential Suite of the Arcadia Hotel.  The shot did not kill her but disfigured her face.  She also lost her right eye.  The ensuing sensational case revealed that Griffith, who was believed to be a teetotaler, was a heavy drinker and suffered from paranoia.   For his crime, he was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and served two years at the San Quentin Penitentiary.  After his release in 1906, he would spend the rest of his life trying to redeem his public image.  He spent a great deal of his time lecturing on prison reform.  Seven years before his death in 1919, he made plans for the construction of two of Los Angeles' most significant cultural monuments to be built at his expense:  the Greek Theater (1929) and the Griffith Observatory (1935).  His body is interred at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Welcome back to the "Los Feliz Beautiful" website!

Welcome back to the "Los Feliz Beautiful" website!  After a three month long hiatus as a result of being "spammed" several months ago, I felt that the  only way to bring the site back to life was to delete all of our followers and start over after a few months had passed.  Hopefully it won't happen again. Our "front page" features two exciting Los Feliz houses that were open yesterday (March 10, 2013); the Spanish Colonial Revival Silverman House, Theodore J. Scott, Architect 1927 and the Streamline Moderne style Azimzadeh-Mohajer Residence, Michael Pierce Design 1978. Enjoy!

A Little of This & That..

It's been a while since I have updated the site "Los Feliz Beautiful"!  I have been busy with two other projects that I have been working on simultaneously, the formation of the Silver Lake Historical Society and my first book, tentatively titled, "Silver Lake:  A History of Bohemian Los Angeles in the Last Century".  Nevertheless I have had a few spare moments to discover more of the architectural treasures of our neighborhood.  On today's front page i am pleased to feature three new "discoveries", (L-R): the cubist Cotten-Elliott House, designed by Michael Tolleson, Architect in 1991; the Streamline Moderne Wesley Heath House, designed by Marsh, Smith & Powell Architects c.1930; and the Alfred Kelley Residence, designed by Barton Choy, Choy & Associates in 1977.  Look for these and other updates in the "Pictures" pages on this website.

Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-

As an architecture buff, I take no small pride in knowing a thing or two about the architecture in and around Los Feliz, so it came as a great surprise when I stumbled upon the John Lautner-inspired Leiberman House on Prospect Avenue, originally designed by Glen Howard Small in 1989.  Perhaps one of the least known mastermind's of contemporary architecture, the architect demonstrated early promise while an undergraduate at the University of Oregon, where he was awarded the Eliel Saarinen Scholarship for the Masters of Architecture program at the Cranbrook Academy of Arts and Institute of Sciences. After graduation (1967) he worked for various architectural firms including John Lautner and Smith and Williams. After a three year stint as assistant professor at Cal Poly Pomona School of Environmental Design, he joined a group of fellow architects to co-found the Southern California Institute of Architects (SCI-Arc) in 1972 where he taught for the next 18 years.

In the Leiberman House the original owners commissioned a creative addition to their home, described by the architect as a "a dingbat Spanish house that had no character." The resultant "face lift" consists of "a series of quarter curves in two different directions", the architect's attempt at bringing "sensuous, flowing curves to life" in a residential setting. The wall of the house have been sculpted in such a way as to eliminate the need for a roof, leaving the interiors open to the heavens and "exalted by its light." The house was purchased by Estela Mara Bensimon and Agapito Diaz in 1995. Dr. Bensimon who is co-director of the Center for Urban Education at the USC Rossier School of Education states that "when we purchased the house in 1995 from the Liebermans, the house was kind of half finished, i.e. nothing had been done beyond the living room.  Over time, with the help of Los Feliz-based architect Anthony Eckelberry, we remodeled the rest of the house, tore down some walls, changed all the windows to take advantage of the openness of the design.  As fate would have it, Eckelberry was a student of Glen Howard Small at SCI-Arc, so the remodel was faithful to the original vision."

Small currently lives in Managua, Nicaragua where he has recently completed three projects of national importance, the Concha Acustica, the centerpiece of the Nicaraguan national cultural plaza; the Journalist Rotunda, a monument to the journalists of the Sandinistan Revolution, and the Colon Rotunda, a fountain in the city's civic center. In 2002, Glen Small's daughter Lucia Small made an award-winning documentary film on his work, "My Father the Genius".
The Leiberman House is located at 3995 Prospect Avenue in the Franklin Hills.

Shapoory House, Amir Farr 1972

Architect Amir Farr designed the house for the Shapoory family in 1972.  The architect was a colleague of Oscar Niemeyer, the famed architect who designed the capital city of Brasilia as well as the co-architect of the United Nations complex in New York City.  The house is on the market (August 2012) and listed for sale for $4,095,000.  According to the listing, "(the architect) selected a 0.6-acre terrace abutting Griffith Park to connect the idea of the ancient temple with Modernism. The architect incised a grand arch at the entry facade, and turned the corner with a bold, recessed arcade overlooking an expansive plaza and pool with views of the park, city and ocean. The lavish use of red brick warms the underlying steel, concrete and glass structure. The entry, center hall and living room display monumental volumes rarely seen in Modern domestic architecture"

Located at 2291 North Hobart Boulevard in the Los Feliz Estates.

Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA 1989

The influence of John Lautner is visually demonstrated in Architect Glen Howard Small's Leiberman House, (seen on the left, above) built in about 1989.  The architect, who worked in the Lautner firm after graduation from the Cranbrook Academy of Arts and Institute of Sciences was one of the founding fathers of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).  The Leiberman House is the architect's attempt at bringing "sensuous, flowing curves to life" in a residential setting.  Read more about the architect in the "Pictures" section under the heading "Modern Style" on this website.

Los Feliz: A Rich Diversity of Architecture

Yesterday on caravan, I visited a variety of very interesting homes in the neighborhood, a c.1925 French Regency on Rowena, a c.1924 Spanish Colonial on Los Feliz Boulevard, and Architect Michael Lehrer's first residential project on Lyric c.1980.  I still had time to take a photo of the French Tudor style house that Gordon B. Kaufmann designed for legendary actor Adolphe Menjou in 1927 as well as the house Modernist Architect Ed Niles designed for football legend Milt Davis in 1975! All of these great houses are featured in the latest updates on this website, an ongoing reminder of what a FANTASTIC neighborhood we live in!

Take a Walk Through Fern Dell with the Los Angeles City Historical Society

For nearly a century, Fern Dell has been an urban oasis in the heart of Los Angeles. In its first sixty years, it was one of Griffith Park’s most celebrated features but more recent decades have not been so kind. Today it is in need of rehabilitation and, fortunately, help is on the horizon. Facilitated by generous funding from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s L.A. County Preservation Fund, the Griffith J. Griffith Charitable Trust and the Friends of Griffith Park are working with a professional team to lay the groundwork for Fern Dell’s revitalization.

Join your friends for a docent-led walk through Fern Dell and see for yourself the rustic beauty of this peaceful site. We’ll assemble for coffee and then an hour-long walk through the historic pathways.

Meet on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at 9:00AM - next to Trails Cafe in Fern Dell.

The tour is FREE and will be led by LACHS board member Kay Tornborg. Please call her at (323)467-0287 or e-mail her at kxiaojie@att.net to reserve your place.

3rd Annual Los Feliz Block Party

Three Historic Los Feliz Homes on Caravan this week!

Being a Los Feliz real estate agent makes signing up for the many available home tours that seem to come and go a bit unneeded.  This past Tuesday, I had the opportunity to visit two Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments and a splendid English Tudor Revival house all on the same afternoon. 

I am speaking of the Italianate Mediterranean style Ralph J. Chandler Residence designed by architect Henry F. Withey in 1921.  An addition by architect Carlton M. Winslow was added in 1931. The house is stunning inside and out as will be seen in these photos. Declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2011 (No. 1003) and located at 1926 N. Hobart Boulevard.The house is currently (April 30, 2012) on the market and listed for sale for $3.1M.

The second monument house I had the opportunity to visit was the Arzner-Morgan Villa designed by W.C. Tanner, Architect in 1929 with landscape design by the great Florence Yoch.   Tanner designed the Greek temple for film director Dorothy Arzner, the first female member of the Directors Guild of America, and her lifelong companion, dancer-choreographer Marion Morgan in 1930.  The original  gardens were designed by the distinguished Southern Californa lanscape architect Florence Yoch, with "elaborate horticultural layouts" i.e. hanging gardens, which have been simplified in recent years. The property has been “revived inside and out by architect Annie Chu, along with the addition of a pool.”  Declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #301.  Located at  2249 Mountain Oak Drive in the Los Feliz Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles.  The residence is currently (May 2012) available for sale priced at $3,495,000.

The third house I visited was the Weir House designed by Harley S. Bradley for Mrs. Janetta Weir in 1923.  The house was purchased in 1926 by Oil Executive Clarence E. Olmsted.  Olmstead was President and General Manager of The Texas Company (Texaco). Mr. Olmsted engaged the services of Architect H. Roy Kelley in 1933 to make additions and changes to the house. The house is currently (May 2011) on the market and listed for sale for $1,390,000.   Located at 5100 Ambrose Avenue.

Sherwood House, Charles M. Hutchinson, Architect 1929

The last remnant of the Griffith Estate, the old Los Feliz Rancho was sold to a syndicate headed by William H. Mead, H.H. Cotton, Laack & Williams, realty brokers and the Edwards and Wildey Company in 1926. The new subdivision was called the Los Feliz Hills on "account of the diversified contour of the ground, a wonderful view of the entire surrounding country...and a drive of less than fifteen minutes to the center of town. The property immediately joins Griffith Park, giving to home dwellers here all the advantages of a country club, including golf course, bridle trails, swimming pool and tennis courts" (Los Angeles Times, January 3, 1926). An early sales brochure offers the following advice, "Engineering skill of the highest order is being employed in laying out roads and driveways with the idea of retaining all the natural beauty of the property. Fifty-year general and architectural restrictions adequately protect buyers and provide for the construction of modest homes as well as mansions and villas. Artistic beauty and harmony with the environment are the governing factors in the building restrictions...Plans must be passed on by an Architectural Committee."

The Sherwood House designed for Lucile Sherwood by architect Charles M. Hutchinson was one of the very first homes on Amesbury Road (the other was the Spanish Colonial Revival style "La Casa Contenta" built in the same year and located across the street at 3410 Amesbury Road). Together, the two houses represent a model for what would become the prevalent styles of the period for the subdivision. The Sherwood House is located at 3435 Amesbury Road.

“The Spirit in Architecture: John Lautner” at the Los Feliz Library

Award-winning filmmaker Bette Jane Cohen will screen “The Spirit in Architecture: John Lautner” at the Architecture & Beyond Lecture Series Thursday, April 19, 6:45-7:45 p.m. at the Los Feliz Library, 1874 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles.

There will be a Q&A after the screening with the producers Bette Jane Cohen and Evelyn Wendel. This documentary features the only filmed interview footage with the visionary architect John Lautner, famous for designs such as the Chemosphere (Hollywood), Silvertop (Silver Lake) and the Midtown School, nowLycee International (Los Feliz).

Skylight Books will be on hand to sell architecture-related books. The free lecture series, now in its eighth year, is supported by the Friends of the Los Feliz Library and the Los Feliz Village BID.

For more information, call the Los Feliz Branch Library at (323) 913-4710 or visit the website below then click Locations & Hours for the Los Feliz Branch.

[Contact: Lynne T. Jewell @ 323.244.6706]
Website:www.lapl.org

Second Annual Hike for the Homeless Planned for April 28th in Griffith Park

LOS ANGELES – March 8, 2012 – Over 1500 hikers are expected in Griffith Park on Saturday, April 28, 2012 when the Society of St. Vincent de Paul will host its second annual “Hike for the Homeless”.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the new Family Housing Project for Women and Children and the Cardinal Manning Center for the homeless on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles.  The hike will kick off at 8:15 AM.  “We are very grateful to the hundreds of people who came out for our hike last April and look forward to raising more awareness and badly needed funding for our homeless services on Skid Row.  We’re looking forward to a great morning of hiking on April 28 and encourage everyone to come out and hike with us at this great family event,” says David Fields, the Executive Director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Registration fees are $30 for adults, $20 for Students/Youth (under 21) and $5 for pets on leashes. Registration is available at www.hike4thehomeless.com or by calling (213) 229-9963. Those not able to hike are asked to sign up as “Virtual Hikers” for $30 to support the Society’s efforts to serve the needs of homeless families in Los Angeles. Schools, groups or organizations with the most paying hikers wins a $1,000 cash prize.  Contact Brian Pickering by phone (323) 224-6273 or email bpick@svdpla.org to register your group for the contest.

 

Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge will again lead the hike through his beloved Griffith Park. “I grew up with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and attended it’s Circle V Ranch summer camp. They do great work and I’m proud to be part of their efforts to help people throughout Los Angeles during these tough challenging times,” says Mr. LaBonge. For more information or registration please call (213) 229-9963.

 

About the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul

 

For over 100 years, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles has provided programs and services for children, the homeless and the poor within the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara that are free of charge regardless of religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, handicap or national origin.  On any given night in Los Angeles, over 43,000 people are homeless. Almost 20% of these families include children - the highest homeless population for any major metropolitan area in the country.  For more than 50 years, the Cardinal Manning Center, operated by the Society, has enabled homeless men and women with children to stabilize their life circumstances, regain their self-sufficiency and find permanent housing and employment.

Los Feliz Improvement Association February 2012 General Meeting

The Los Feliz Improvement Association held its first general meeting of the new year on February 13, 2012.  A panel discussion on the subject, ""The Future of Los Feliz" brought a nearly-full house to the Autry National Center to meet and greet neighbors and elected officials representing the neighborhood.  Questions were submitted by LFIA board members and taken from the audience during the two-hour session.   On hand were Congressman Alan Schiff, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaraslofky, Los Angeles City Council Member Tom LaBonge, LAPD Northeast Division Captain William A. Murphy, Los Angeles Parks Superintendent Mike Shull and others.
A special highlight of the evening was a proclamation from the Los Angeles City Council honoring the  years of service of LFIA President Donald Seligman and his partner, Jon Zimmerman, presented by Tom LaBonge.

Three iconic Los Feliz residences on caravan, January 10, 2011

Being a realtor in Los Feliz gives me an unbelievable opportunity to visit some of the most outstanding architecture in Los Angeles on a regular basis.  Although I often fork over the $25-$75 entrance fee to participate in the oft-scheduled local home tours, I get a regular dose just paying attention to the broker's open house schedule on a regular basis.  This past Tuesday, January 10, 2012 was a particularly fabulous treat:  Three iconic residences spanning 38 years of our history: The opulent William Mead Estate, designed by Hudson & Munsell in 1914, the elegant Samuel-Navarro House designed by Lloyd Wright in 1928, and the classic mid-century Mittrey Residence designed by William T. Dreiss in 1952.  Take a peak inside in the pictures sections of this website.

Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!

As 2011 comes to a close, Donna and I would like to say "Thank You!" to all our friends who have enriched our lives during the past year.  Despite its challenges, life continues to be a wonderful journey.  Discovering the history and architecture of our neighborhood, and documenting it on these pages has been a pleasurable pastime, and I hope, a benefit to everyone who visits these pages.  Look for my column in the "Los Feliz Observer" featuring the "Architectural Development of Los Feliz:  Craftsman Style:  Los Feliz' Architecture Comes of Age" coming out in the spring of 2012.

Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Dedicates New Sign

Friends and neighbors gathered at the gateway to Barnsdall Art Park in December 8, 2011 for the much-anticipated new entrance sign dedication.  City Council President Eric Garcetti and City Councilmember Tom LaBonge led a host of dignitaries at the ceremony.

The sign complements the art deco styling of the iconic Hollyhock House, originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright between 1919 and 1921 and the centerpiece of the park.  The sign “lets residence know they have a major cultural landmark in their midst”, according to Marshall Levy, co-president of the foundation.

The landmark sign was designed by one of Los Angeles premiere design firms, Sussman-Prejza, with approval from the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission. The Departments of Recreation and Parks and Cultural Affairs and the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation  worked as a team, launching the project  in September 2005 with the essential support of both Eric Garcetti and Tom LaBonge. Major funding was accomplished through the efforts of the foundation, with additional support from the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles. The Hollywood Arts Council, a key partner in the project from the beginning, secured additional funding from AT&T, Edison International and Occidental Petroleum.

 

For Los Feliz It's Spanish-Mediterranean Revival Hands Down!

While Mid-Century and Contemporary styles bring a most welcome diversity to the built of environment of Los Feliz, Spanish and Mediterranean Revival styles continue to rule the day.  As the neighborhood was largely developed in the Roaring 20s, the popular styles of the day, including English Tudor remain the choice of most residents.  Here are three beauties featured on our "front page".  For more, please visit the "Spanish-Mediterranean Pictures" section on the site.

Art Deco-Streamline Moderne Los Feliz

The Art Deco in Los Angeles' architecture generally falls into two categories:  the zigzag, perpendicular of the 1920s and the aerodynamic Streamline of the 1930s and early '40s.  Add to that the Public Works Administration's contributions and you have a general idea of the progressive, industrial design associated with the styles. On our "front page" today are three wonderful examples found in Los Feliz:  on the left, a lavish statement by an unknown designer on Carnavon Way (1991); in the middle, a duplex on Mariposa Avenue designed for Ben Brodsky (1940); on the right, the Whiting House in Laughlin Park, designed by Lester G. Scherer (1930).  For more examples, please visit the "Art Deco-Streamline" photo section of this website.  Enjoy!

Three Contemporary Homes recentlly photographed...

In my daily walks around the neighborhood, it never ceases to amaze me how many beautiful houses can be seen literally at the turn of every street corner!  Today's "front page" photos feature three recent "discoveries": (L-R) the Shake Sahakian Residence designed by Nathan Clarence Battle  and completed in 2008; the Hong Residence designed by Roger Hong in 1968 and the Johnnie Cochran Residence designed by Varooj G. Zarookian in 1971.  Details about these three homes can be found in the "Modern" section of this website.  Enjoy!

Villa de Liones: A Spectacular Mediterranean Estate built in 2000

Villa de Liones, a Beux-Arts Tuscan-style villa would appear to have been built in the 1920's during the heyday of classical architecture in Los Feliz, however it was built in 2000. An impressive monument in the 'Hearst Castle manner', the home boasts a two-story entry, six bedrooms and 6.5 baths, wood-paneled library, magnificent public rooms, a home theatre, pool, spa and gazebo, with plenty of classical balustrades and statues thrown in for good measure.

As of April 2006, it was listed for sale for a whopping $6,280,000. By November 1, 2011, the house has been re-listed for sale for a (mere) $4,950,000! Located at 4601 Dundee Drive in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.  It's worth a visit; please give me a call if you would like to see it in person.  Michael Locke, Editor, "Los Feliz Beautiful".

Art Deco-Streamline Moderne Los Feliz

Our "Front Page" celebrates the Art Deco and Streamline Moderne architecture in our neighborhood.  The style had a brief popularity between the two world wars as exemplified in the three examples shown here:  (L-R) the Ben  Brodsky Duplex designed by Carl Kay in 1940, a Streamline Moderne house on Carnavon Way and the Bethany Towers on Gramercy Place (1933).

"We're back!

Donna and I had a most enjoyable road trip celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. We hopped in the car and traveled to Austin, Texas where we rented a fabulous architectural home for a week. Along the way we stopped at some of the small towns along Historic Route 66 stopping at Hoover Dam, the Grand Canyon and Albuquerque, before dropping down to El Paso and points east. For a peek at our travelog, please visit the site, "Road trip from LA to Austin & Back".

Casa Domingo, George A. Sullivan Architect c.1927

currently (August 2011) on the market and listed for sale at $5,900,000.  The house is described in the listing as "Quite possibly the most spectacular trophy home Los Feliz has to offer. Casa Domingo, built in 1927 and meticulously restored over a 5 year period. Estate boasts 36,000 plus lot with tennis court, pool, gated motor court and guest house. Two story cathedral entry with loggia & original mural on ceiling. Large living room, circular office and sunroom opening to lush yard.  Spectacular pool lined by palm trees, fountains & lush foliage."  The house is presently the home of Robert Huizenga, M.D., also known as Dr. H on the television show, "The Biggest Loser".  He is the former team physician for the Los Angeles Raiders and is frequently seen on reality television

Sullivan also designed the C.H. Pill House (1927) located in the vicinity at  2545 N. Vermont Avenue.  Located at 4915 Los Feliz Blvd.

New to the Market: Exceptional Spanish Colonial Residence

Right around the corner from us at 3525 Griffith Park Blvd., I have watched the transformation of a lovely old Spanish Colonial House.  It never came on the market, but was purchased by a "flipper" with great results.  Described in the lisiting as "Exceptional & exciting 1933 Monterey Spanish...restored from top to bottom with all the original details complimented with a Modernist touch...."  Available for puchase for $1,397,000. 

Around the Neighborhood, July 27, 2011

When the opportunity to go on a listing appointment in Laughlin Park came today, I packed my camera in the hopes of lingering for a moment or two in the exclusive gated community.  While many of the fine homes are hidden from public view, I managed to snap a photo of the Art Deco style "Whiting House", designed by architect Lester G. Scherer for Pioneer Building Material Merchant Perry Whiting in 1930.  I also visited the remarkable "Hansel-and-Gretel" Craftsman style  William Hall Residence, designed by Albert & Alfred S. Heineman, Architects in 1918 and trhe Spanish Revival style Wallace Neff Residence on Cromwell Avenue, three reminders of the amazing diversity of architecture in the neighborhood where we live.

A Summer Solstice Hike in Griffith Park

On June 21, 2011 Donna and I joined hundreds of other Angelinos for the traditional hike to the top of Mt. Hollywood to celebrate the Summer Solstice.  Beforehand, we dropped off our contribution to a neighborhood potluck at the home of Chris Laib and his partner, Lon, before carpooling to the Griffith Park Observatory and the trailhead.  Joining us were Donna's Aunt Dorothy from Oklahoma City and her sister Karen Weismann from Vancouver, Washington.  The occasion also marked the swearing in ceremony for Councilmember Tom LaBonge, for his third and final term, representing the 4th District.

Van Griffith Compound at the Foot of Griffith Park

The Van Griffith Estate recently (April 21, 2011) came on the market at the list price of $4,875,000.  Griffith was the son of Griffith J. Griffith, the gentleman who donated the land for Griffth Park to the City of Los Angeles on December 16, 1896. I was fortunate to get a tour of the property as  part of Broker's Caravan this past week. 

Just Listed (May 2011): c.1931 Spanish Revival Duplex in Los Feliz

Quintessential c.1931 Spanish Revival style duplex, located on one of Los Feliz' best streets, directly across the street from the Earle C. Anthony House, Bernard Maybeck, Architect 1927. Each spacious unit features period details, arched doorways, hardwood floors, wood-burning fireplace, formal dining room, tile baths and kitchen and laundry room.  The upstairs unit has a lovely balcony overlooking a private patio with koi pond and back landing with a peek-a-boo view of the Rowena Reservoir.  A long, private driveway, gated front patio and lovely gardens add to the ambiance.

The architect-designed duplex offers a great alternative to a buyer who has been looking for a single family residence in Los Feliz or Silver Lake in the $500,000-$750,000 price range and hasn't found anything up to their standards.  Live in one unit and rent out the other (units are currently rented for $2060/mo and $1957/mo. respectively).

On Caravan Today, April 19, 2011

Los Feliz has such a diverse and interesting mix of architecture!  Every Tuesday, when Broker's Caravan occurs between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., I look forward to checking out the new listings.  There always seems to be some delightful surprises.  On the "menu for today:  the Quintessential Spanish Courtyard home, the Elvad House designed by Architect Paul Kingsbury for Danish immigrant Peter Elvad in 1927, the Colonial Revival Guild House, designed by Architect Arthur R. Kelley for Bond Broker Herbert H. Guild in 1923, and in next-door Silver Lake, one of the "Avenal Homes", a 10-unit cooperative houseing development designed by architect Gregory Ain in 1947, and described as "a model for effective use of limited space for low-cost urban housing."

Design Vidal Remodel: McTernan House, David Hyun Architect 1960

Guy Vidal (Design Vidal) invited me to stop by and see the progress on Karen Vidal's redesign of the McTernan House, originally designed by Korean-born Architect David Hyun in 1960.  According to Karen, the house needed a complete makeover.  On April 12, 2011, the day of my visit, the house looked to be about 90% complete.  It is my pleasure to share a few photos of the project with you.

Photos from "Hike 4 the Homeless" in Griffith Park" April 2, 2011

One of the best "feel good" decisions I made in 2011 was to come out and be an early supporter for the St. Vincent de Paul Cardinal Manning Center's "Hike 4 the Homeless" in 'Griffith Park on April 2, 2011.  The event drew attention to the plight of the homeless in our fair city, home to 10% of the nation's homeless population.  We were met by our "co-conspirators" from Keller Williams Los Feliz Realty, led by team leader ANTHONY VULIN with a strong show of support from Chris Laib (who gave a substantial donation), Ken Dang, Michael Remacle, Paul Mirador, Andy Jelmert, and Clint Lohr.  Boyhood friend, Dan Curtis drove down with his wife from Ventura County; thanks Dan!  (you're the Man)!  Thanks also to our beloved City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, who shared the moment with us. A special shout out to neighbors Monique Frese and Diane Kanner, who both seem to have an inexhaustible supply of energy when it comes to "Love Thy Neighbor" and of course, to me beloved wife Donna Jean who is always there whenever I need her support.  Three cheers for Los Feliz!

Hike for the Homeless in Griffith Park!

This Saturday, April 2nd, I'll be joining friends and neighbors to "JUST SAY NO" to Homelessness in Los Angeles County.  We're going on a hike in Griffith Park to benefit the Cardinal Manning Center, a shelter for the homeless down in Los Angeles' Skid Row.  To learn more, participate or help out, please visit the Hike for the Homeless website link. You can also read my article about the event in the April 2011 Edition of the Los Feliz Ledger.

English Tudor Revival Homes on the Market in Los Feliz!

The Los Feliz District of Los Angeles was largely developed in the 1920; as immigrants and veterans returning from the front of World War I brought with them a romanticized vision of European architecture. English Tudor style homes were quite the rage then, secondly only to Spanish and Mediterranean, as a result of our close proximity to Latin America. I am pleased to feature three of them that are currently on the market:  the Hamerlund House on Waverly Drive (now listed as pending), the Urias House on Ambrose Avenue and the Hunter House on Shannon Road.

A Little of This & That!

It's been a while since I've updated "Los Feliz is Beautiful"! I have been busy and haven't had much free time. I recently managed to find a few "gems" in the neighborhood that caught my eye; it's not a collection per se, but I am always delighted to share my finds with you.  Featured on our new "front page" are three of my recent "discoveries":  the Moreton Bay Fig Trees on Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #940; the Brenda Levin House, Brenda Levin, Architect 1982 and a beautiful c.1964 Mid-Century house on Aberdeen Avenue.  Check out the site to learn more.

Two exciting new listings in the neighborhood!

I always look forward to Tuesdays, especially if there are some interesting architectural properties on Broker's Caravan!  Today, February 8, 2011, I visited two properties, the Lloyd Wright-designed "Sowden House" and the house Architect Mark Hall designed as his personal residence in 1981.  I have visited both houses in the past; the Sowden has been on the market several times, this time around it's listed for $4.4 M.  A national treasure, and well-worth the price!  All you need is to be able to afford it!  The Hall House has undergone an extensive restoration, completed in 2010, and is greatly improved from the last time it was on the market; the indoor-outdoor environment is seamless.  Look for new photos on my "front page" and in the "photos" sections!

The Albers Residence, Kemper Nomland & Kemper Nomland Jr. Architects 1965

Perhaps the names aren't familiar (they weren't to me), however father-and-son architectural team Nomland & Nomland were selected to design one of the Case Study Houses in 1947 (711 San Rafael Avenue, in Pasadena). The Albers house is located in Los Feliz at 3604 Lowry Road, and has undergone an extensive renovation under the direction of architect Mark Rios, completed in 2006.  I had the pleasure of visiting the house, today, January 20, 2011; it is on the market and listed for sale for $1,395,000.  Our "front page" photos give you an idea of its charms.

The Tudors in Los Feliz

The Los Feliz District of Los Angeles was largely developed in the 1920s, when the most favored architectural style was Spanish Revival and Mediterranean, as reflected in our heritage and close proximity to Latin America.  English Tudor homes were the second most-prevelent style in the fashion of the times.  Our "front page" reflects three of them; the "Sherwood House" on Griffith Park Boulevard, the Walt Disney House on Woking Way, and the Hamerlund House on Waverly Drive.

A Look Back at the Mid-Century

For our current "front page", I am pleased to highlight three important contributions from the Mid-Century:  On the left, a house designed by Korean-born Architect David Hyun for John T. McTernan in 1960. The house is currently (2010) undergoing an extensive restoration under the direction of Karen Vidal (DesignVidal).  In the middle, a lovely post-and-beam built in 1956; located at 3543 Holboro by an unknown architect.  On the right, the Raphael Soriano-designed Schrage House.  Enjoy!

The Old Castle on Tryon Road is for Sale

Castles always hold a special fascination; I guess it's the British in me! I have always wanted to get a closer look at the old (1928) castle on Tryon Road; it has that forbidding look, perched on a steep hillside, looking a bit forlorn and maybe even haunted. The opportunity arose recently; the house has been repossessed from its most recent owner (Actor Nicholas Cage also owned it recently), and is now listed for sale for a mere $1.249,000 (as of November 2010).  The house is large; 4 bedrooms and 5 baths in 5,367 sq. feet of living space.  It needs some work but seems like a bargain to me. Located at 5647 Tryon Road in the Los Feliz Oaks.

Three Special Homes Currently on the Market

Our "Front Page" features three very special Los Feliz homes currently on the market, The Lawrence Gray House, designed by Architect Paul R. Williams in 1927; the Arzner-Morgan Villa designed for Dorothy Azner (1897-1979), a trail-blazing film and theater director and her long-time companion, Marian Morgan and the Coleman House designed by Architect Harry H. Whiteley in 1926 and currently the home of Actor actor Danny Bonaduce in 2005. Bonaduce, 51, played the middle son on the 1970s sitcom "The Partridge Family." For details, check out our "Pictures" page.

The Ralph D. Brown Residence, Phil Brown, Architect 1963

Thanks to my friend RICHARD STANLEY, I got a first hand look at the elegant  Ralph D. Brown Residence today (October 19, 2010).  The house was described by Andy Warhol Foundation President Joel Wachs as "one of my favorite L.A. houses." I would have to agree; the house is a connoisseur's delight.

A Little Rain Must Fall

I'd hoped to get out today with a short break in the (rainy) weather to continue my quest of photographing our beautiful community.  My first destination was to be the Ralph Brown Residence, Phil Brown, architect, 1963, a new listing and what looks like a spectacular mid-century house on Holly Oak Drive.  For the sake of a new client, however, I spent my day in Brentwood and Santa Monica previewing property.  Hopefully I will have some new material for our subscribers soon.  Stay tuned!

Spanish Revival: The Quintessential Los Feliz Home

Although Los Feliz has an amazing mix of architectural styles, the Spanish and Mediterranean Revival styles continue to define the quintessential Los Feliz home as a nostalgic expression related to our heritage.  Here are three of my favorites: the Laura F. Anderson  Residence, designed by Harry Hayden Whiteley, Architect in 1928, the E.W. Carrington Duplex designed by W.W. Crenshaw in 1927 and the Villa Manola, designed by Paul R. Williams. 1924.

Los Feliz METRO

Today's "front page" photos feature Los Feliz' METRO stops, located at the intersections of Sunset Blvd. and Vermont and Hollywood Blvd. & Western Avenue.  If you haven't taken a ride on L.A.'s METRO yet, it's an unbelievable bargain!

Lyman Place Apartments

Parking was a bit difficult in the 1600 block of Hillhurst Avenue today (September 22, 2010).  I circled around the block west of Hillhurst Avenue and stumbles upon a magnicent row of Deco Apartment buildings on Lyman Place.  I will have to do some research in order to find out who is responsible for their design, but if you take a look at some of the other Art Deco-Streamline buildings on this site, you will see a striking similarity.

Paul Williams in Los Feliz

This week's photo highlights three masterpieces designed by Williams during the 1920s, the "Golden Age" of the Spanish and Mediterranean Revival style of architecture.

Three icons of our local architecture

For our current "front page" I am pleased to present three icons of our local architecture:  The Trianon Apartments, located at 1750 Serrano Avenue (designed by Leland Bryant in 1928); the "House of the 7 Dwarves" designed by Builder Ben Sherwood on Griffith Park Blvd. and the Collegiate Gothic John Marshall High School, designed by George M. Lindsey in 1930-31.

Boston House, C.J. Smale, Architect 1924

On Tuesday, September 8, 2010, fellow Realtor Brian Moore invited me to visit the Boston House, an Italianate Mediterranean mansion designed for W.O. Boston by Architect C.J. Smale in 1924.  The elegant mansion is listed for $1,899,000; it was previously owned by Composer Charles T. Haubiel and is currently the home of Fashion Jewelry Designer Melinda Lawton.  The house has an amazing two-story entry foyer with grand staircase, original marble floors, and second story cloistered mezzanine.  Take a peak at some of the gorgeous interiors!

A Stroll Down Ambrose Avenue

A short stroll down Ambrose Avenue west of Edgemont Street reveals some lovely homes built primarily in the 20's and 30's.  An original Paul Williams house is located at the very end of the cul-de-sac. Most are of an English Tudor or Mediterranean/Spanish Revival design, reflecting the popularity of the styles during the Roaring 20's.  Please have a look in our "Pictures" Section!

A Visit to St. Mary of the Angeles Church in Los Feliz, August 24, 2010

Fr. Christopher Kelley invited me to visit his beloved church, St. Mary of the Angels today, August 24, 2010.  I had a wonderful time, learning about the church's history, and in particular, its ministry to 'address the spiritual needs of the fledging Hollywood motion picture community' since 1919.  The church is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (No. 136), and is described as a "little jewel of architecture". 

Paul Williams in Los Feliz

Paul R. Williams will always be a favorite architect. I was first introduced to the superstar as a result of listing one of his great houses for sale, the Villa Manola a 'Morrocan palace' for Hollywood socialite Mrs. E. L. Martin, Founder of the Hollywood Hills Hunt Club in 1924. The photos on our marquee are of three great Los Feliz homes designed by Williams (L-R) The Blackburn Residence on Cromwell Avenue for Bruce Blackburn, the inventor of the roll-up window screen; the Ben Platt Residence on Vermont Avenue, designed for music store mogul Ben Platt, but made more infamous by a earlier day Bernard Madoff, oilman C.C. Julian; and the Castle on Aberdeen Road designed for the founder of the Olsen Baking Company, Fred G. Olsen.  Their stories are told in the Paul R. Williams section of the website.  (posted August 22, 2010)

Know an interesting house in Los Feliz not in our collection?

Every journey has its starting point!  While I have been thinking about starting a website focused on Los Feliz for some time, it wasn't until a few weeks ago that I started to actually put it together.  While I am pleased with the initial results, there are literally dozens of beautiful places that I haven't seen yet.  Many of course are hidden from public view, and perhaps I won't have the opportunity to see.  If you live in an interesting home or know about something that might be considered for inclusion on these pages, by all means, let me know!  Send me a note or give me a call.  Michael Locke, Editor. -posted on August 22, 2010.

Our Changing Front Page!

Look for a different theme everytime you visit "Los Feliz Beautiful"!  Not only do I plan on adding new content on a regular basis, our "front page" will feature frequently-changing photos.  Today, I am pleased to offer highlights from our "Art Deco+Streamline" collection; three apartment buildings on Los Feliz Boulevard built between 1929 and 1941, expressing a wide range of style.  (posted August 21, 2010).


Pictures

Mediterranean Style

Carleton Monroe Winslow Residence, Carleton Monroe Winslow, 1922
Carleton Monroe Winslow Residence, Carleton Monroe Winslow, 1922
Spanish Colonial Revival style residence designed by prominent architect Carleton M. Winslow for himself and his family in 1922. The house was the recipient of the American Institute of Architects "Honor Award" in 1923. Other important commissions by the architect include the Los Angeles Central Library (with Bertram Goodhue), the Carthay Circle Theater, the 1915 Panama–California Exposition complex at San Diego's Balboa Park (also with Goodhue) and St. Mary of the Angels Church on Finley Avenue, among many others
Harry Solloway Residence c.1922
Harry Solloway Residence c.1922
Spanish Colonial Revival residence designed in 1922; the name of the architect is unknown, but some have suggested it may have been Carlton M. Winslow, who designed his own house a few doors away. The house was the residence of Harry Solloway, considered one of the greatest concert violinists of his time. A Latvian immigrant, he arrived in the United States in the late 1920s, after already establishing his reputation in Europe. He was a favorite with the movie and recording studios as concert master and conductor of the Paramount Orchestra. The house is located at 1957 Laughlin Park Drive.
Raymond Griffith Residence 1922
Raymond Griffith Residence 1922
The Spanish Colonial Revival style residence was the home of Raymond Griffith (1895 – 1957), one of the great silent movie comedians a few years after its completion. Among his best known films were Hands Up! (1926) and Paths to Paradise. His trademark costume consisted of a top hat, white tie and tails, frequently adding a cape and walking stick. Located at 5230 Linwood Drive.
William J. Dodd Residence, William J. Dodd 1928
William J. Dodd Residence, William J. Dodd 1928
Spanish Colonial Revival style residence designed by architect William J. Dodd in 1928 as his personal residence. The architect was responsible for the design of four of the homes in the exclusive Laughlin Park enclave, a gated community within the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles. Located at 1975 De Mille Drive.
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Allister Davidson Residence, George A. Sullivan Architect 1926
Allister Davidson Residence, George A. Sullivan Architect 1926

Architect George A. Sullivan designed the Spanish Revival style residence as a spec house for building contractor C.H. Pill in 1926.  It was the home of rubber stamp manufacturer Alister C. Davidson and his wife Helen.  Movie star Carmen Miranda was also a resident.  Located at 4955 Los Feliz Boulevard.


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Schlyen House, David F. Picken Architect 1924.jpg
Schlyen House, David F. Picken Architect 1924.jpg 2012-08-20
Beaton House
Beaton House "La Casa Contenta", Harry G. Koerner and William J. Gage c. 1929

Los Angeles Historian Charles E. Fisher, on a recent visit to the house speculated that the Spanish Revival style house may be the work of Architect George Wyman, most noted for the design of the Bradbury Building. The house was built by Durex Quality Homes, a division of the F.P. Fay Company, headquartered at the Third and Hill F.P. Fay Building, where, according to Charles Fisher, George Wyman kept his office, a stone's throw from the Bradbury Building.  In the process of investigating the history of the house, Fisher discovered that the house was designed by Harry G. Koerner and William J. Gage, best known for the design of the Beverly Hills City Hall in 1932. Koerner and Gage had been retained by the F. P. Fay Company to design homes for the Durex company.  "The reason I thought of George Wyman was because he had designed the Downtown Los Angeles office building for the Fay Company, which was demolished a few years ago', Fisher said.

When the home was built in 1929, Durex was already a thirty-year old company founded in 1899. A 1929 sales brochure calls the home, 'The Home of Your Dreams', recalling the days of the Dons, when ranchos stretched from the mountain to the sea, when life was leisurely and the end of the day of sheep-shearing meant 'Fiesta'. (It was apparently a model home; the brochure furthur indicates that the house was 'staged' by the Broadway's Home Furnishing Studio).

The home became the property of the Beaton family at some point in time. William Beaton was President and Chairman of the Board of KIEV AM Radio from 1961 until his death in 1985. Beaton's two sons, Fred and Ron, took control of the station after their father's death. I purchased the home from the Beaton family in 1992 and renamed it 'La Casa Contenta' in 2010; the house is the 'Home of My Dreams.'

Located at 3410 Amesbury Road.

 

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Casa Laguna, Arthur B. and Nina Zwebell, Architects 1928
Casa Laguna, Arthur B. and Nina Zwebell, Architects 1928
Spanish Andalusian style apartment complex designed by the husband-and-wife architectural team of Arthur and Nina Zwebell.in their signature style. The pair also designed the Andalusia (1927); El Cabrillo (1928); Patio del Moro (1925) and La Rona (1927). The apartments are entered through a large central courtyard complete with a fountain and outdoor fireplace. Located at 6200 Franklin Avenue.
Villa Fez, W.F. Olerich, Builder 1925
Villa Fez, W.F. Olerich, Builder 1925
The Moroccan style residence of Film Director Rupert Hughes, brother of billionaire Howard Hughes and Patterson Dial, his third wife. After writing several short stories for the Saturday Evening Post, Hughes gained prominence as an author and screenwriter with Goldwyn Pictures. During a career spanning more than 60 years, he wrote more than sixty novels, short stories, articles, poems and plays, including a three-volume biography on the life of George Washington. IN the 1920s, he was Hollywood's highest paid writer. Patterson Dial was a successful actress appearing in about a dozen films, and also a short story writer. She collaborated with her husband on many writings. They lived in their "Arabian Nights" palace until 1950. Hughes continued writing after suffering a stroke in 1952; he died on September 9, 1956 of a heart attack. The house is located at 4751 Los Feliz Boulevard.
Morris House, Horatio Warren Bishop, Architect 1934
Morris House, Horatio Warren Bishop, Architect 1934
Walled and gated Mediterranean Revival Estate designed for Thomas J. Morris in the storied Los Feliz Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles. The architect, Horatio W. Bishop was a member of the American Institute of Architects between 1931 until his passing in 1991. He was supervisory architect (along with Carlton M. Winslow) for the architectural firm Cook and Hall on the planning and development of Carthay Circle, Los Angeles' first neighborhood to have underground utilities. He was partners with the great Irving Gill between 1922 and 1923. The pair stylized themselves as Bishop and Gill, and had an office in San Diego. The Morris House is located at 2172 E. Live Oak Drive; it recently (April 2012) came on the market listed for $2,395,000.
Charles M. Wood Residence, Russell Brown, Architect 1926
Charles M. Wood Residence, Russell Brown, Architect 1926
Elegant Spanish Revival style residence located on the northwest corner of Chislehurst Drive and Cromwell Avenue.
Schumacher House, Harry E. Weiner, Architect 1925
Schumacher House, Harry E. Weiner, Architect 1925
Spanish Revival style house originally designed for Harry F. Schumacher by Architect Harry E. Weiner in 1925. By 1930, it was the home of Frederic Zelnik, one of the most important producers-directors of the German silent cinema. After Hitler took power in 1933, Zelnik moved to London where he continutued to direct and produce films until his death in 1950. The house has a grisly past. On December 6, 1959, Dr. Harold Perelson, a heart specialist, bludgeoned his wife to death with a hammer at the house, and severly beat his 18-year old daughter, Judye, while the two younger children slept soundly in their rooms. Judye survived the beating, running to a neighbor's house to call for help. When the two younger children awoke asking what all the screaming was about, their father told them they were having a nightmare and to go back to sleep. Before the police arrived, Perelson drank a glass of poison, instantly killing himself. The children were taken into custody and the mansion was locked up until about a year later, when it was purchased by Emily and Julian Enriquez through a probate auction sale. The Enriquez family has never occupied the mansion; standing vacant for more than 50 years. Apparently the Perelson's furniture and belongings remain as they did on the night of the fatal stabbing; a Los Angeles Times article from February 6, 2009 states that half-wrapped presents and the Christmas tree still stands in the living room. Located at 2475 Glendower Place in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Vista Theater c.1923
Vista Theater c.1923
The Mission Revival Theater was originally called "Bard's East Hollywood Theater when it was built in 1923. The interior, lobby and ticket booth are designed in an Egyptian Revival Style, popularized by the discovery of King's Tut tomb in Egypt, the year before. Located at 4473 Sunset Drive.
Harry Perk Residence, Glenn Elwood Smith, Architect 1924
Harry Perk Residence, Glenn Elwood Smith, Architect 1924
Architect Glenn Elwood Smith designed the Pueblo Revival style residence for attorney Harry Perk Jr. in 1923-24. Located at 2310 North Catalina Street in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. Please do not use this image in any media without my permission. © All rights reserved.
Potter House, Clyde H. Potter Architect 1924
Potter House, Clyde H. Potter Architect 1924
Although the records show that Clyde Potter designed the 1924 Mediterranean Revival style residence for himself, the influence of Architect A.F. Leicht who was active in the area at the time, is felt strongly in the details. Located at 2316 North Catalina Street in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. Please do not use this image in any media without my permission. © All rights reserved.
Fred T. Hinton Residence, Russel Alpaugh, Architect 1923
Fred T. Hinton Residence, Russel Alpaugh, Architect 1923
Architect Russel Alpaugh designed the Spanish Revival style residence for building contractor Fred T. Hinton in 1923. Located at 2324 North Catalina Street in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. Please do not use this image in any media without my permission. © All rights reserved.
Peter & Sadie Elvad Residence, Paul Kingsbury Architect 1924
Peter & Sadie Elvad Residence, Paul Kingsbury Architect 1924
Architect Paul Kingsbury designed the Spanish Revival style residence for Danish immigrants Peter and Sadie Elvad in 1924. It was the first of two residences the architect designed for the Elvad family in Los Feliz. Three years later the architect designed a quintessential Spanish villa, The Elvad House on Amesbury Road. Located at 4962 West Cromwell Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. Kingsley (1893-1949) had an illustrious career. After graduation from the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture (1916), he joined the firm of John T. Windrim in Philadelphia. When war broke out in Europe, he joined the effort in France (1918-19). Returning home, he found employment at the firm George B. Post & Sons (New York City 1919-1921), before moving to Los Angeles in 1921. After brief stints with William Lee Woolett (1921-1922) and Allison and Allison (1922-23), he formed a partnership with Architect Thomas P. Barber in 1924, together they designed the Gothic Revival McCarty Memorial Church in 1932. Kingsbury also designed the art deco La Marquise Apartments (LACHM # 853) and the Little Country Church of Hollywood (LACHM #567). Please do not use this image in any media without my permission. © All rights reserved.
William H. Grant Residence, George H. Frechling, Architect 1924
William H. Grant Residence, George H. Frechling, Architect 1924
Architect George H. Frechling designed the Spanish Revival style residence for William H. Grant in 1924. Mrs. Frank L. (Betty) Peterson, a member of the Los Feliz Woman's Club (1949-1964) was a long time owner. Located at 2407 N. Catalina Street in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. Please do not use this image in any media without my permission. © All rights reserved.
William W. Welfer Residence, A.F. Leicht 1924
William W. Welfer Residence, A.F. Leicht 1924
Architect A.F. Leicht designed the Spanish Revival style residence for Pennsylvania transplant Wliiam W. Welfer in 1923. Located at 4784 Cromwell Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. Please do not use this image in any media without my permission. © All rights reserved.
3580 Griffith Park Blvd. c.1935
3580 Griffith Park Blvd. c.1935
Spanish Colonial Revival style residence located in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. Unfortunately research at the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety Records offered no clues as to the original builder or architect of the house. The house has been extensively renovated including new landscaping.
Telt House, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1923
Telt House, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1923
Prominent architect A.F. Leicht designed the Spanish Colonial Revival style house for T.E. Telt in 1923. Located at 2252 Cheswic Lane.
2242 Cheswick Lane attibuted to A.F. Leicht c.1922
2242 Cheswick Lane attibuted to A.F. Leicht c.1922
I might be going out on a limb here, but I have a very strong suspicion that the Spanish Revival style house was designed by none other than the prolific A.F. Leicht. Evidence is supported by the fact that the architect designed the two houses to the immediate left within the same time frame (1922-24) and all three employ characteristic Leicht devices (prominent circular rooms, entrances or rotundas and asymmetrical facades). Located at 2242 Cheswick Lane in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Betty Blythe Residence, Monaco & Bordeaux, Architects 1925
Betty Blythe Residence, Monaco & Bordeaux, Architects 1925
Architects Armand Monaco and William Bordeaux designed the Italianate style residence for actresss Betty Blythe in 1925. Betty Blythe (1893 – 1972) was known for her dramatic roles in exotic silent films such as The Queen of Sheba (1921); she was one of the first actresses to appear in the nude in film during the Roaring 20s. She is reported to have said, "A director is the only man besides your husband who can tell you how much of your clothes to take off." She died of a heart attack in Woodland Hills, California in 1972, aged 78. She is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. Armand Monaco was a young boy when his parents immigrated from Italy in 1907 along with four other siblings, settling in Chicago. After graduation from Northwestern University, he served as Principal Designer in the Chicago architectural office of Jarvis Hunt. His name first appears in Los Angeles in 1921 when he worked as a designer in the offices of Robert D. Farquhar and Myron Hunt. In the same year he formed a partnership with William Bordeaux which lasted until 1926. Monaco & Bordeaux designed several Italianate style residences for wealthy clients during their partnership, including a home for actress Betty Blythe in Los Feliz and the Villa Monaco in Silver Lake, both in 1921 where Armand lived until 1965. After the partnership dissolved in 1927, Monaco continued to work, designing the original French Hospital in Chinatown (now the Pacific Alliance Medical Center) in 1927 and the Haggerty House in Palos Verdes Estates (now the Neighborhood Church, 415 Paseo Del Mar) in 1928. His last project was the design for St. Peters Italian Catholic Church located at 1039 N. Broadway in 1947 (the design is similar to the Haggerty House built 20 years earlier). He died in Los Angeles on August 13, 1989. Located at 4744 Los Feliz Boulevard in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Thanks to Historian Helene Demeestere www.HistoricallyCorrect.com who helped me discover the architecture of Armand Monaco during her research on the French Hospital.
2219 Cheswick Lane c.1935
2219 Cheswick Lane c.1935
It's a shame we don't have more knowledge about the history of this fine Spanish Revival style house built in 1935. The Los Feliz Improvement Association (LFIA) Survey of 2000 provides only the following details, "two story, 13-room, 4 bath, 3631 sq./ft. two story residence; original plans call for a single family, 9-room house, wood and composition roof, frame and brick fireplace; Lee's Incorporated, owner and contractor: construction cost $9,000." The residence is the home of attorney Jun Mori, former Los Angeles Harbor Commissioner. Mori's 15-year tenure (he retired in 1994) with the port was notable for a huge expansion in container shipping business.
Russell G. Parker Residence, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924
Russell G. Parker Residence, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924
Architect A.F. Leicht designed the Spanish Revival style house for Russell G. Parker, an oil company executive in 1924. Located at 2251 Cheswic Lane.
2338 Chislehurst Drive, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924
2338 Chislehurst Drive, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924
I wasn't a bit surprised to learn that the Spanish Revival residence located at 2338 Chislehurst Drive was designed by none other than A.F. Leicht. The architect designed approximately 24 homes in the Los Feliz and Hollywood neighborhoods during the 1920's, typically in an opulent, theatrical style, including residences for D.R. Branham and Estelle Gilcher (1923); John Philip Law House "The Castle" (1924); E.W. Hopperstead (1925) and Bruce Waring (1929). He also designed Angelus Temple in Echo Park for evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson in 1923. The house is currently (April 2012) on the market and listed for sale for $3,250,000.
Arthur P. Davis Residence, Chester Gore, Designer 1937
Arthur P. Davis Residence, Chester Gore, Designer 1937
Spanish Colonial Revival style residence originally designed by Chester Gore in 1937. Earlier photos demonstrate that the original design was more of a traditional style. At some point in time a second story was added above the garage as well as the tile roof and other embellishments. Located at 3510 Amesbury Road.
Morris J. Wolpe Residence, J. Atcherson, Architect 1925
Morris J. Wolpe Residence, J. Atcherson, Architect 1925
Mediterranean Revival style residence designed for Morris J. Wolpe by Architect J. Atcherson in 1925.. Located at 4962 Los Feliz Boulevard.
Edward C. Kraus Residence, Ralph G. DeLano, Builder 1930.jpg
Edward C. Kraus Residence, Ralph G. DeLano, Builder 1930.jpg
The Spanish Revival style house was the residence of Edeard C. Krauss, Chief Editorial Writer at the Los Angeles Times newspaper. Located at 4022 Cromwell Avenue.
Morris House, Morris House, Horatio Warren Bishop, Architect 1934, Architect 1934
Morris House, Morris House, Horatio Warren Bishop, Architect 1934, Architect 1934
Walled and gated Mediterranean Revival Estate in the storied Los Feliz Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles. The architect, Horatio W. Bishop was a member of the American Institute of Architects between 1931 until his passing in 1991. He was supervisory architect (along with Carlton M. Winslow) for the architectural firm Cook and Hall on the planning and development of Carthay Circle, Los Angeles' first neighborhood to have underground utilities. He was partners with the great Irving Gill between 1922 and 1923. The pair stylized themselves as Bishop and Gill, and had an office in San Diego. The Morris House is located at 2172 E. Live Oak Drive.
Schaefer-Kluger Residence, Allen Ruoff, Architect 1926; Charles Kluger (Remodel) 2001
Schaefer-Kluger Residence, Allen Ruoff, Architect 1926; Charles Kluger (Remodel) 2001
Spanish Revival originally designed for Illinois transplants Louis F. Schaefer, a trust officer in a title company and his wife Elise in 1926 by Architect Allen Ruoff.  Architect Charles Kluger purchased the house for his personal residence in 2001, restoring its original character while adding modern amenities.  Located at 3455 Griffith Park Blvd. in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Clifford Gillespie Residence "Villa Los Orco", Roth & Parker, Architects 1924
Clifford Gillespie Residence "Villa Los Orco", Roth & Parker, Architects 1924
Classic Mediterranean Revival estate designed for South Dakota transplant Clifford Gillespie by Roth & Parker Architects c.1924. Gillespie was president of a real estate company; he lived her with his wife and 75-year old mother according to the census of 1930. Located at 2120 E. Live Oak Drive; photo taken at 2120 Fern Del Place.
Schelling House, E. Voellmy, Architect c.1927
Schelling House, E. Voellmy, Architect c.1927
Architect E. Voellmy designed the Spanish Revival style residencefor E. Schelling in 1927. Located at 2110 E. Live Oak Drive; photo taken from 2110 Fern Dell Place.
R.R. Gosnell Residence, Edward Klinkner, Builder 1934
R.R. Gosnell Residence, Edward Klinkner, Builder 1934
Spanish Revival style residence designed for R.R. Gosnell in 1934. Located at 3531 Griffith Park Blvd.
Estelle Gilcher Residence, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1923
Estelle Gilcher Residence, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1923
Architect A.F. Leicht designed the Spanish Revival residence for Fashion Designer Estelle Gilcher in 1923. The house is located at 2226 North New Hampshire Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Clarence P. Ross House c.1928
Clarence P. Ross House c.1928
The Spanish Revival house was built for Clarence P. Ross, a Vice President of Security First National Bank, which became in later years Security Pacific National Bank. The owner of the house offered to show me the original building permit; once I have the information I'll be able to know who is responsible for its fine design. Located at 2425 N. Edgemont Street.
2400 N. Edgemont Street c.1928
2400 N. Edgemont Street c.1928
The Spanish Revival style residence was built for Frederic C. Locklin, a dentist and his wife, Margaret.
Frank D. Rowe Residence, B. Elliot, Architect 1925
Frank D. Rowe Residence, B. Elliot, Architect 1925
The Spanish Revival style Frank D. Rowe Residence is located at 2329 N. Edgemont Street.
Victor  Shertzinger Residence, Mark Daniels, Architect 1921
Victor Shertzinger Residence, Mark Daniels, Architect 1921
Architect Mark Daniels designed the Mediterranean Revival style house for Film Director Victor Shertzinger in 1921. Shertzberger directed many films, beginning in the silent era, including the "Road" pictures, featuring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour. Born in Pennsylvania, he studied music at Brown University and the University of Brussels. A well-known concert violist and symphony conductor, he got his start in the movie business by composing the score for the film, "Civilization" in 1916. By the time of his death in 1941, he had directed 87 films and written thirteen musical scores in addition to numerous screenplays. Shertzinger lived the celebrity life to the hilt. He drove a Duesenberg, while his wife could be spotted in a chauffeur-driven Pierce Arrow. He was credited with bringing music to the silver screen, composing the first accompanying score for "The Tick Tock Man of Oz", followed by "Pretty Miss Smith", "If I Had You" and "My Daddy Knows". He later turned to directing; among his many stars were Dorothy Dalton, Pauline Fredrick and Mabel Normand. Located at 4120 Cromwell Avenue.
Dr. B.C. Coleman Residence, Harry H. Whitely, Architect 1926
Dr. B.C. Coleman Residence, Harry H. Whitely, Architect 1926
Architect Harry Hayden Whitely designed the Spanish Revival style house for Dr. B.C. Coleman in 1929. It is currently the home of actor Danny Bonaduce. The architect also designed the John M. Blank Residence at 1950 N. Edgemont Street (1928); the Captain Harry M. Rubey Residence (1920) on Commonwealth Avenue, the McGowan House for Film Director Robert F. McGowan located at 1928 N. Western Avenue (1929) and.a home for Ceramicist Laura F. Anderson on Edgemont Street in 1928. Located at 4039 Cromwell Avenue.
R.M. Seymour Residence, H.H. Trott, Builder 1928
R.M. Seymour Residence, H.H. Trott, Builder 1928
The Spanish Revival style house was originally built for a R.M. Seymour by H.H. Trott in 1928. Located at 3651 Holboro Drive.
Walter William Hook Residence, Botherson Construction Company, Builders 1929
Walter William Hook Residence, Botherson Construction Company, Builders 1929
The Spanish Revival style residence of Walter William Hook, an importer and tailor. Educated in London, England, he moved from Detroit with his wife Florence Heigo in 1918. He was prominent in the economic and social affairs of Los Angeles as President of the Greater Westlake Business Association, Director of Los Angeles Mercantile and Finance Corporation, and a member of the Southern California Athletic Club,Benevolent Order of Elks Lodge No. 99; the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and was mentioned in "Who's Who in California". Mrs. Hook was a member of the Los Feliz Woman's Club from 1941 to 1942. Their home was located at 3700 Lowry Road.
La Casa de Los Duarte, E. Randall, Builder 1927
La Casa de Los Duarte, E. Randall, Builder 1927
Spanish "castles" have always held a special fascination, particularly after a month-long visit to Spain back in the 80's. Luckily, we have a number of them in Los Feliz. Built for Alice H. Newton in 1927 and located at 3735 Lowry Road.
Henri De Busscher Residence, G.R. Conklin, Builder 1931
Henri De Busscher Residence, G.R. Conklin, Builder 1931
Spanish Revival style house built for Henri De Busscher in 1931. The Los Feliz Improvement Association Historical Survey of 2000 mentioned that the house was architect-designed but unfortunately could not read the architect's name as given in the original building permit. Located at 3601 Holboro Drive.
Van Kuik House, Barker & Ott Architects 1935
Van Kuik House, Barker & Ott Architects 1935
Architects Barker & Ott designed the Spanish Revival style residence for John Anthony "Jack" and Marie Van Kuik in 1935. The couple were active in local social circles; Jack was a Director of the Los Feliz Improvement Association (LFIA) in 1941; while Marie was a member of the Los Feliz Woman's Club between 1938 and 1966. Located at 3681 Shannon Road.
Situry House, M.G. Situry, Builder 1930
Situry House, M.G. Situry, Builder 1930
Contractor M.G. Situry designed and built the Spanish Revival style residence for his personal residence in 1930. Located at 3641 Shannon Road.
3749 Shannon Road c.1928
3749 Shannon Road c.1928
Spanish Revival style house built for J. Kyle Clinkscales in 1928; located at 3749 Shannon Road.
J.E. Wilkinson Residence, Russell Hess, Builder c.1933
J.E. Wilkinson Residence, Russell Hess, Builder c.1933
Spanish Revival style residence designed for J.E. and S.E. Wilkinson in 1933. Located at 3610 Griffith Park Boulevard.
Arthur P. Davis Residence, Chester Gore Designer 1937
Arthur P. Davis Residence, Chester Gore Designer 1937
Spanish Revival style house designed by Chester Gore in 1937 for Arthur P. Davis. Located at 3510 Amesbury Road.
Bert Dale Duplex, Louis Seldon, Architect 1931
Bert Dale Duplex, Louis Seldon, Architect 1931
Prolific architect Louis Seldon designed a pair of matching duplexes in the Spanish Revival style for the Bert Dale Company, a westside developer in 1931. The residences are located at 3334-3336 Waverly Drive in Los Feliz, across the street from the Earle C. Anthony House, designed by Bernard Maybeck. The property was most recently (November 2011) listed for sale for $899,000.
Mary M. Giles Duplex, Diamons Building Company c.1930
Mary M. Giles Duplex, Diamons Building Company c.1930
Half of a Spanish Revival duplex built for Mary M. Giles in 1930 by the Diamons Building Company. Located at 3700 Arbolada Road.
Kilner House, Carlton M. Winslow, Architect 1922
Kilner House, Carlton M. Winslow, Architect 1922
Famed architect Carlton M. Winslow designed the Italianate Revival style home for William H.B. Kilmer and his family in 1922. Located at 2031 North Oxford Avenue.
McGowan House, Harry Hayden Whiteley, Architect 1929
McGowan House, Harry Hayden Whiteley, Architect 1929
Architect Harry Hayden Whitely designed the Spanish Revival style house for film director Robert McGowan in 1929. The director, who began working in the film industry in 1913, became famous in the 1920s with the success of "Our Gang", which he produced in partnership with Hal Roach. The pair eventually produced 88 one-reel silent "Our Gang" films; McGowan directing the series until 1933. He retired from show business in 1936 and passed away in 1955. Located at 1928 N. Western Avenue.
Bronfeld House, LB. Clapp, Architect 1936
Bronfeld House, LB. Clapp, Architect 1936
The Mediterranean Revival style house was designed for N. Bronfeld in 1936. Located at 1936 N. Western Avenue.
Clifford E. Clinton Residence, Arthur W. Larson, Architect 1928
Clifford E. Clinton Residence, Arthur W. Larson, Architect 1928
The original owner, W. Lloyd Lauman, lost the house to foreclosure at the onset of the Great Depression. In 1935, Clifford and Nelda Clinton became the first residents. Clinton was a descendent of New York Governor DeWitt Clinton. His parents were captains in the Salvation Army. After serving as a missionary to China, he returned to Los Angeles to enter the restaurant business with his father. With $2,00 in capital, he opened his first cafeteria, Clifton's Cafeteria, the oldest surviving cafeteria style eatery in Los Angeles, California, and the largest public cafeteria in the world. Located at 5470 Los Feliz Blvd. in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. Founded in 1931, the name of the cafeteria was created by combining the first half of "Clifford" and the last half of "Clinton" to produce the name "Clifton's". The cafeteria soon grew into a chain, noted for never turning anyone away hungry or could not afford to pay. In 1946, the Clintons sold their cafeteria interests to their three younger children, retiring to devote their energies to "Meals for Millions", a non-profit founded for the purpose of distributing food to millions of starving and malnourished people throughout the world after World War II.
Harold & Eleanor Crowell Residence, Webber & Spaulding, Architects 1928
Harold & Eleanor Crowell Residence, Webber & Spaulding, Architects 1928
Architects Webber & Spaulding designed the Tuscan Mediterranean style house for Harold R. Crowell, a Vice President of a general construction company and his wife Eleanor. Located at 4124 West Dundee Drive.
William G. Murphy Residence, Charles S. Holloway, Architect 1925
William G. Murphy Residence, Charles S. Holloway, Architect 1925
Architect Charles S. Halloway designed the Spanish Revival style house for William G. Murphy in 1925. In the 1980s and 90s, it was the home of actress Julie Adams. She played a leading role in The Dalton Gang (1949) and was featured as the bathing beauty in the "Creature from the Black Lagoon". She also appeared in the musical comedy "Tickle Me" starring Elvis Presley in 1965, and appeared in many television shows as a guest star, including Maverick, The Man and the Challenge, and "Murder, She Wrote". .Located at 2446 N. Commonwealth Avenue.
2018 N. Hobart Boulevard c.2008
2018 N. Hobart Boulevard c.2008
Originally, Architect Frank Rasche designed a Spanish Revival style house on the site for William Auburn in 1921. The house was completely torn down in 2008; the current owner built the house above for himself in 2008.
Seibert House, De W.J. Kindig, Architect 1924
Seibert House, De W.J. Kindig, Architect 1924
Mediterranean Revival style residence designed by De W.J. Kindig for William H. Seibert in 1924. Seibert immigrated to the United States from Canada in 1881, first settling in the Midwest where he met his wife Johanna; they moved to Los Angeles sometime later and lived at 1914 N. Hobart Boulevard with their son, Godfrey M. Seibert.
W.E. Werner Residence, A.G. Crish, Architect 1922
W.E. Werner Residence, A.G. Crish, Architect 1922
Mediterranean Revival style house designed for W.E. Werner by Architect-Builder A.B. Crish in 1922. Located at 1918 N. Hobart Boulevard.
Dr. Joseph Jacobs Residence, J.H. Hillock & Sons Builders 1931.jpg
Dr. Joseph Jacobs Residence, J.H. Hillock & Sons Builders 1931.jpg
Dr. Joseph Jacobs had the Mediterranean Revival style built for his family in 1931. Dr. Jacobs was a general practice physician, born in Illinois. His wife, Fanny L. Jacobs was born in Odessa, Russia and became a U.S. citizen in 1892. Located at 5425 Red Oak Drive in the Los Feliz Oaks.
Devonshire, 1740 N. Gramercy Place
Devonshire, 1740 N. Gramercy Place
Legendary animator and cartoonist Dick Lundy lived here while working for Walt Disney. His work first appeared in Disney's Steamboat Willie (1928); followed by and Three Little Pigs (1933) and Snow White (1936). The gifted animator worked on famous characters like Donald Duck and Woody Woodpecker and 75+ other films in the 1940s-1950s.
Joliette Belle Marcus Residence, George C. Anderson, Architect 1935
Joliette Belle Marcus Residence, George C. Anderson, Architect 1935
Mediterranean Revival style residence located at 3446 N. Amesbury Road.
Samuel A. Scuderi Residence, Frisbie & O'Farrell, Builder c.1931
Samuel A. Scuderi Residence, Frisbie & O'Farrell, Builder c.1931
Spanish Revival style house originally built for Sal Waxler in 1931, the house was the residence of prominent physician Samuel A. Scuderi, M.D. Born in Italy in 1902, Scuderi came to the United States in 1908 settling in Tampa, Florida. After graduating from the University of Florida, he attended medical school at the University of Chicago. He opened his Los Angeles practice in 1928, and in succeeding years served on the faculty at Loma Linda University. Located at 4627 W. Gainsborough Avenue.
1953-1955 Kenmore Avenue, Earew Chester, Builder c.1931
1953-1955 Kenmore Avenue, Earew Chester, Builder c.1931
Beverly Hills investor Anna Louse Johnson had contractor Earew Chester design the Spanish Revival duplex in about 1931.
Kinder Apartments, Theodore Starrett, Architect 1929
Kinder Apartments, Theodore Starrett, Architect 1929
Owner Jack Kinder (some sources spell his name "Kiuder") had architect Theodore Starrett design this handsome 18-unit apartment complex for him in 1929. Located at 1939 N. Kenmore Avenue in the Los Feliz Village neighborhood of Los Angeles.
1961 Palmerston Place c.1930
1961 Palmerston Place c.1930

1973 Palmerston Place c.1931
1973 Palmerston Place c.1931

Phil Jacobson Residence, Wright Dukes Architects 1930
Phil Jacobson Residence, Wright Dukes Architects 1930
According to the February 17, 1928 issue of "Southwest Builder & Contractor", the Wright Dukes Construction Company designed three Spanish Revival style residences in the "Los Feliz Heights", the Phil Jacobson Residence being one of them. Located at 3500 Griffith Park Boulevard.
Cornbleth House, Theo J. Scott, Designer 1927
Cornbleth House, Theo J. Scott, Designer 1927
Property records show the Mediterranean Revival style residence was designed by Theo J. Scott and built by Lon Cornbleth in 1927. By 1930, the house was in the hands of his son, couture milliner Louis Corbeth and his wife Bessie. Located at 5205 Franklin Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Casa Estrella c.1928
Casa Estrella c.1928
Unfortunately, no original records of this property exist. What we do know is that the property most recently sold in November 20010 for c.$1,200,000. In the listing, the house was described as " Sited on a knoll with commanding presence in prime Los Feliz, Casa Estrella, c. 1928 includes hand plastered walls, inlaid floors, sweeping magnasite staircase leading to light filled meditation turret. Crafted eat-in chef's kitchen with breakfast and dining rooms, opening to al fresco outdoors, detailed formal dining room, magnificent Italianate living room, floor to ceiling windws and rounded bays.". Located at 3476 Ben Lomond Place in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
2275 Ben Lomond Drive c.1928
2275 Ben Lomond Drive c.1928
Spanish Revival style houses in Southern California reached a pinnacle of success during the years leading up to "Black Tuesday", October 29, 1929, the day stock prices took a dramatic fall leading to the worldwide Great Depression. By 1930, according to the census taken that year, the Spanish Revival style house shown here was being rented to Louis and Ethel Ruppe for $125 a month! As late as 1998, the house was purchased for $470,000 (a fixer, according to the MLS listing). Quite a bargain by 2011 standards; homes of equal size and distinction easily command prices three times that amount.
3525 Griffith Park Blvd. c.1933
3525 Griffith Park Blvd. c.1933
Colonial Spanish Revival residence, c.1933. The house has recently undergone an extensive restoration, and is on the market and listed for sale at $1,397,000 (as of August 2011).
Waring House, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1929
Waring House, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1929
Classic Art Nouveau Mediterranean Mansion designed by A.F Leicht in 1929 for Bruce Waring. Walled and gated, I took the above photo from nearby Cedarhurst Drive. The house is huge; 9813 sq. feet on approximately one acre, with six master suites, a two-story living room with mezzanine, banquet-sized family room, huge billiards/media room and separate house for staff. Located at 2238 Ben Lomond Drive in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles..
Lee Holtz Residence, Jno H. Fleming, Architect 1935
Lee Holtz Residence, Jno H. Fleming, Architect 1935
Architect Jno Fleming designed the house for Lee Holtz, an executive with the Southern California Gas Company in 1935. The 1931 Annual Report of the gas company lists Lee Holtz as General Superintendent of Manuracturing and Distribution of the company's Los Angeles operating headquarters located at 1700 Santa Fe Avenue. His house is located at 3500 Amesbury Road in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
2300 N. Commonwealth Avenue c.1921.jpg
2300 N. Commonwealth Avenue c.1921.jpg
Mediterranean style residence located in the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles. Although no records of the original owner or architect could be found, the 1930 census reveals that, at the time, the house was owned by Willis Crowell, proprietor of a plumbing store and his wife Beatrice.
Wallace Neff Residence, Wallace Neff, Architect 1923
Wallace Neff Residence, Wallace Neff, Architect 1923
Architect Wallace Neff designed the home for Al Schoenborn in 1923, however,due to unexplained circumstances, the house became ther residence of the architect in the 1920's. I'll have to ask Neff Expert Diane Kanner (friend, neighbor and author of the book, "Wallace Neff and the Grand Houses of the Golden West") to shed some light on the subject! The house is located at 4447 Cromwell Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Charles F. Off Residence, Jay Wilson Architect 1923
Charles F. Off Residence, Jay Wilson Architect 1923
The original house was designed by Architect Jay Wilson for Charles Off in 1923. The house was drastically altered over a five year period beginning in the 1990's. Located at 4801 Los Feliz Boulevard.
Halstead House, Ashton & Denney, Archtects 1927
Halstead House, Ashton & Denney, Archtects 1927
Architects Ashton & Denny designed the Spanish Revival style home for Benjamin and Essie Halstead in 1928. Located at 2566 Aberdeen Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood ol Los Angeles.
Elvad House, Paul Kingsbury, Architect 1927
Elvad House, Paul Kingsbury, Architect 1927
The quintessential Spanish villa, The Elvad House was designed by Architect Paul Kingsbury for Danish immigrant Peter Elvad in 1927. Kingsley (1893-1949) had an illustrious career. After graduation from the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture (1916), he joined the firm of John T. Windrim in Philadelphia. When war broke out in Europe, he joined the effort in France (1918-19). Returning home, he found employment at the firm George B. Post & Sons (New York City 1919-1921), before moving to Los Angeles in 1921. After brief stints with William Lee Woolett (1921-1922) and Allison and Allison (1922-23), he formed a partnership with Architect Thomas P. Barber in 1924, together they designed the Gothic Revival McCarty Memorial Church in 1932. Kingsbury also designed the art deco La Marquise Apartments (LACHM # 853) and the Little Country Church of Hollywood (LACHM #567). Located at 3428 Amesbury Road; in 2012 the home was purchased by screen writer Joshua Zetumer.
Villa Manola, Paul Williams, Architect 1924
Villa Manola, Paul Williams, Architect 1924
Thanks to my friend J. Russell Brown, the Villa was my first significant architectural listing, and contributed significantly to my interest in architecture. Brown gave nine years of his life to its restoration and embellishment. Designed by Paul Williams, the 'Architect of the Stars', the Villa Manola was created as a 'Morrocan palace' for Hollywood socialite Mrs. E. L. Martin, Founder of the Hollywood Hills Hunt Club in 1924. Exuberant yet restrained, the villa is secluded at the end of a private cul-de-sac. The stunning courtyard has been fashioned after the courtyard outside the Alhambra in Granada, which influenced Williams' original design. Mr. Brown embellished the Moorish theme with the addition of Morrocan lanterns and art objects acquired during his many trips abroad. The villa has an illustrious past. It was the residence of The Beatles during their Capitol Records days. Allen Ginsberg was a later resident. A Jean Cocteau dance short was filmed here in the early 1930's. Mr. Brown, a community activist, used the villa extensively for numerous civic and charitable events. In 2003, the villa was acquired by actress Sherie Hellard. Located at 5900 Manola Way. Cameron Carothers Photo
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929, Annie Chu (renovations)
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929, Annie Chu (renovations)
Designed for Dorothy Azner (1897-1979), a trail-blazing film and theater director and her long-time companion, Marian Morgan, an "avant-garde danseuse art director in the manner of Isadora Duncan"*. W.C. Tanner is the architect of record, however the talented owners were the driving force behind the actual design. The home is designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (No. 301), noted for its classical Greek Revival Architecture and the important role it played in the history of Los Angeles and the film industry. The property is currently (August 2010) on the market and listed for sale for $3.6M. According to the listing, the property has been "revived inside and out by architect Annie Chu, along with the addition of a pool. The outdoor areas are expansive, & the public rooms are voluminous, opening to the dazzling city views. Included in the sale is a prized parcel across the street which protects the main home's dramatic city views & has interesting development opportunities." *Notes are from the book, "Los Feliz Oaks: A Place of Rare and Ineffable Charm", Howard Cremin, Author, published by the (Los Feliz) Oaks Homeowners Association. Located at 2249 Mountain Oak Drive.
Delmer Daves House, H. Genser, Architect 1925
Delmer Daves House, H. Genser, Architect 1925
The architect originally designed the Italianate style house for William W. Beerman. By 1930 it was the home of Film Screenwriter Delmer Daves. After studying civil engineering and law at Stanford University, Daves worked as a prop boy on the movie set, "The Covered Wagon" in 1923, and developed a fascination for Native Americans while working on the film. He quit a promising law career to live among Arizona's Navajo and Hopi Indians. Later he would take acting lessons at the Pasadena Playhouse. After appearing in three early "talkies", he turned to screenwriting. By 1965, he had scripted 44 screenplays, including "The Petrified Forest" (1936), "The Farmer's Daughter" (1940), "Stage Door Canteer" (1943), "Dark Passage" (1947) and "Youngblood Hawke" (1964). IN 1944, he formed his own production company, "Double-D Productions", specializing in westerns and war movies. His biggest hit was the 1959 movie, "A Summer Place". He passed away on August 17, 1977 in La Jolla, California. Located at 2250 N. Berendo Street in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California.
Jean-Yves Thibaudet Residence
Jean-Yves Thibaudet Residence
The Los Angeles home of French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. The artist has performed with most of the world's leading symphonic orchestras including: the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Orchestre National de France, among others. He also frequents the great concert halls of Europe and North America and is quite fond of travelling to Australia, where he has a strong fan base. Thibaudet's virtuosity is such that he even impressed the great Vladimir Horowitz. In 2001, the French Republic made Thibaudet a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Located at 3601 Griffith Park Blvd.
Silverman House, Theordore J. Scott, Architect 1927
Silverman House, Theordore J. Scott, Architect 1927
Spanish Revival Style house designed for William Silverman in 1927, by Theodore J. Scott, Architect. The 5-bedroom, 4 bath house is located at 2030 N. Edgemont Street in Los Feliz.
Gary Bedirian Residence, 2009
Gary Bedirian Residence, 2009
Builder-Developer Gary Bedirian designed his personal residence, a Greek Revival temple in Los Feliz in 2009. The house is the last remaining private home on Cadman Drive (No.3662) before entering the trails of Griffith Park (to the right in the photo).
Rolland A. Voss Residence, Wright-Dukes Construction Company, Architect & Builder 1929
Rolland A. Voss Residence, Wright-Dukes Construction Company, Architect & Builder 1929
Mediterranean Villa in Los Feliz; since 1989 the home of Actor Ron "Hell Boy" Perlman and his wife Opal. Located at 4025 Cromwell Avenue.
John Philip Law House, "The Castle", A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924
John Philip Law House, "The Castle", A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924
Known as a "rocker road house" throughout the 1960s and 70s, Actor John Philip Law leased the house at various times to the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol and Barry McGuire of the New Christy Minstrels. Located at 2630 Glendower Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Walker House, Clarence J. Smale, Architect 1924
Walker House, Clarence J. Smale, Architect 1924
Architect Smale designed the Mediterranean style house for Haberdasher Harry W. Walker in 1924. Located at 2230 N. Catalina Street in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. Smale also designed the Gustave Larson Residence on Nottingham Avenue, the Italianate Mediterranean style mansion on Ambrose Avenue for W.O. Boston (1924), the Mediterranean Revival style Monsignor O'Brien Residence on Catalina Street (declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (#861) in 2007, the historically-designated Loyola Theater in Westchester (recently converted to an office building) and the Smith House at Second and Hudson Avenue in Hancock Park, as well as numerous other movie palaces most of which have been demolished.
Coleman House, Harry H. Whiteley, Architect 1926
Coleman House, Harry H. Whiteley, Architect 1926

Architect Harry H. Whitley designed the "Andalusian Spanish" style house for Dr. B. C. Coleman in 1926. The home was purchased by actor Home to actor Danny Bonaduce in 2005.

Bonaduce, 51, played the middle son on the 1970s sitcom "The Partridge Family." He started in radio in the 1980s and has hosted shows in Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

The Spanish villa has been restored and has a new courtyard pool and roof.  The three-story house has been listed in 2007 at $4.5 million. He and former wife Gretchen Hillmer paid $2.6 million for the property in 2005. Lynne Beavers of Lynne Beavers & Associates has the listing; if you would like to preview this beautiful home, please give me a call!  Michael Locke, Realtor (323) 533-3161.

 

Located at 4039 W. Cromwell Avenue.


Widner House, Arthur E. Harvey, Architect 1934
Widner House, Arthur E. Harvey, Architect 1934
Monterey Colonial Style residence designed by Architect Arthur E. Harvey for W.P. Widner in 1934. Located at 3599 Griffith Park Blvd. in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Cadman Drive Mediterranean Revival c.2008
Cadman Drive Mediterranean Revival c.2008
Recently-built (2008) Mediterranean Revival home in the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles. The four bedroom, five bath home has 4700 sq. feet of living space and is currently (October 2010) for sale for $1,595,000. Located at 3636 Cadman Drive, a cul-de-sac street that adjoins Griffith Park.
Laura F. Anderson Residence, Harry Hayden Whiteley, Architect 1928
Laura F. Anderson Residence, Harry Hayden Whiteley, Architect 1928
Original design by Architect Harry Hayden Whiteley for Builder John W. Blank. It was the home of Art Professor and nationally-recognized Ceramist Laura F. Anderson for many years. Miss Anderson taught art at UCLA beginning in 1932, and was appointed to the Municipal Art Commission by Mayor Norris Poulson (1953-57). Located at 1950 N. Edgemont Street.
Lawrence Gray House, Paul R. Williams, Architect 1927
Lawrence Gray House, Paul R. Williams, Architect 1927

Williams designed the house for Henry and Mamie Gray, parents of Lawrence Gray, a leading man in films between 1925 and 1936.  The actor lived with his parents while working as a production superintendent at Paramount Studios when friends (including Bebe Daniels) suggested he take up acting.  He got his break in 1925 when he landed a starring role in “The Dressmaker from Paris.” His credits include 45 films, appearing opposite Marion Davies, Joan Crawford, and Louise Brooks. After 1936, he was involved in production and acted as a liaison between American and Mexican film companies. He passed away February 2, 1970 in Mexico City.  The house is located at 5112 Ambrose Avenue.

 

 


Boston House, Clarence J.Smale, Architect 1924
Boston House, Clarence J.Smale, Architect 1924

Italianate Mediterranean style mansion designed for W.O. Boston by Architect C.J. Smale in 1924.  The house was later owned by classical composer Charles T. Haubiel.  The vintage home is currently (September 2010) on the market and priced at $1,899,000.  Realtor Brian Moore, who has the listing on the house, gave me a tour yesterday, September 7, 2010.  The two story house is described as a "Grande Dame", with period details in over 4000 sq. feet of living space.  The two-story entry foyer is especially impressive, with its grand staircase, original marble floors, and second story cloistered mezzanine.  Located at 4941 Ambrose Avenue.

Smale also designed the Gustave Larson Residence on Nottingham Avenue, Mediterranean Revival style Monsignor O'Brien Residence on Catalina Street (declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (#861) in 2007, the historically-designated Loyola Theater in Westchester (recently converted to an office building) and the Smith House at Second and Hudson Avenue in Hancock Park, as well as numerous other movie palaces most of which have been demolished.

 


Ernest Bent Residence, Nachan L. Coleman Architect 1928
Ernest Bent Residence, Nachan L. Coleman Architect 1928

Home of Ernest F. Bent, son of H. K. W.Mattie (Fairman) Bent, one of the founders of Pomona College.  Bent was a pioneer in the concrete pipe industry and served as Vice President of the American Concrete Pipe Association.  Located at 5108 Ambrose Avenue.

 


Earle C. Anthony House, Bernard Maybeck, Architect 1927
Earle C. Anthony House, Bernard Maybeck, Architect 1927
The singular authenticated architectural project completed by the architect in Los Angeles, Maybeck is considered to be one of the great originals of American architecture. His father, an immigrant woodcarver, sent him to Paris to study furniture design, but he soon enrolled in the city's famed Ecole des Beaux-Arts to study architecture. By the time Maybeck enrolled in the school, the philosophy of the institution had been modified from pure classicism to a more rational approach, the goal of meeting contemporary living needs. Migrating to California in 1890, Maybeck flourished in the San Francisco bay area in the early part of the twentieth century. His public commissions brought him international fame. Among his most recognized works are the Palace of Fine Arts, built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exhibition in San Francisco, the Phoebe Hearst Memorial at UC Berkeley and the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Berkeley, California, considered by many to be his greatest achievement. The Anthony House, built for Earle C. Anthony in 1927 combines both Medieval, Gothic, Spanish and Tudor elements. The interior of the Nordic entrance tower was furnished as a replica of the prayer room of the Holy Father at the Vatican in Rome. Anthony was a prominent businessman, founder and owner of KFI-AM Radio and KECA-AM (Now KABC). He was active in many civic organizations, helping save the Hollywood Bowl as head of the 'Symphony Under the Stars' Foundation in the early '30's. The home was purchased in the early fifties by Sir Daniel Donohue and Countess Bernardine Murphy Donohue (Dan Murphy Foundation). Upon the death of the countess, the residence was bequethed to the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The house offers an urban sanctuary in the heart of the city, and is available to individuals or groups for a few hours or a day for reflection and prayer. A chapel, dining room and conference rooms are available. The Earle C. Anthony House is located at 3431-3441 Waverly Drive in Los Feliz.
Ben Platt Residence, Paul R. Williams, Architect 1926 & Albert E. Hansen (1929)
Ben Platt Residence, Paul R. Williams, Architect 1926 & Albert E. Hansen (1929)

The house has a fascinating history, not too surprising given its grandeur. Originally designed for Rudolph Rosenberg by Architect Harley S. Bradley, the home was purchased in the same year by music store magnate Ben Platt. Platt hired Paul R. Williams to enlarge the house, adding an additional story. In 1929, Platt embellished the house again, hiring architect Albert E. Hansen to add a swimming pool, tennis court, garden house and pergola. The next owner was con man C.C. Julian. The Julian Petroleum scandal exposed the speculative mania of the times and the greed of certain individuals (much like the Bernard Madoff's of today's generation) that eventually led to the stock market crash of 1929 and its devastating aftermath. Julian arrived in Los Angeles in 1922 shortly after oil was discovered in the communities of Long Beach, Huntington Beach and Santa Fe Springs. Securing a lease to drill oil in Santa Fe Springs, he launched a clever scheme, portraying himself as the "champion of the small investor, battling against big oil and the corporate moguls" in colorful advertisements in the Los Angeles Times. After each of his first five wells hit gushers, money poured in quickly. He launched Julian Petroleum Corporation in 1923, promising the venture would supplant Standard Oil. In 56 days, he sold $5 million worth of stock. During his brief fame, Julian emerged as one of the most colorful figures in Los Angeles. His lavish mansion in Los Feliz, along with his flamboyant wardrobe, attractive female companions and fleet of luxury cars and a well-publicized nightclub row with Charlie Chaplin probably led to his undoing. Suspecting fraudulent activity, the California corporations commissioner launched several investigations into his activities.

The Julian Petroleum crash revealed a web of corruption, contributing to the collapse of the First National Bank, the election of former Ku Klux Klansman John Porter as Mayor, and the defeat of Governor C.C. Young in his bid for re-election. More drama unfolded, including the courtroom assassination of a banker, a blackmail plot involving the city's best-known reporter and the double murder of gangster Charlie Crawford and a newspaper editor by a candidate for municipal court judge. C.C. Julian committed suicide in a hotel room in 1934.

 

In the year 2000, the home was acquired by the Saint Columbans Foreign Missionary Society, a Catholic society of secular priests organized around global mission.  Brother Tom Reynolds was kind enough to greet me and provided much of the information about C.C. Julian and the history of the house.  Located at 2600 North Vermont Avenue.


L. A. Franklin House, Roy D. Jones, Architect. 1921
L. A. Franklin House, Roy D. Jones, Architect. 1921
L. A. Franklin House, Roy D. Jones, Architect Roy D. Jones designed the Mediterranean Revival house for L.A. Franklin in 1921. Located at 1917 N. Hobart Boulevard.
Reid House, Hewill & Miller, architects 1925
Reid House, Hewill & Miller, architects 1925
The architects Hewill & Miller designed the house in 1925 for Realtor William P. Reid and his wife S. Evelyn Reid , architects 1925 "where the entrance to Laughlin Park was & palms still are". Located at 5321 W. Franklin Avenue.
Gustaf Larson Residence, C. J. Smale, Architect c.1927
Gustaf Larson Residence, C. J. Smale, Architect c.1927

Sheldon House, W.B. Oarens, Architect 1928
Sheldon House, W.B. Oarens, Architect 1928
Sheldon House, W.B. Oarens, Architect 1928. Located at 4821 Los Feliz Blvd.
McFarland House,   H.H. Whiteley Architect c.1920
McFarland House, H.H. Whiteley Architect c.1920
The architect H.H. Whiteley designed the house for James William McFarland, owner of a radiator manufacturing & repair business. When the McFarlands purchased 2 1/2 acres of land on Cromwell Avenue in 1918, the house was surrounded by vacant land. Located at 4111 Cromwell Avenue.
W.J. Elliott Residence, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1928
W.J. Elliott Residence, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1928
Spanish Revival Duplex designed for W.J. Elliott by Architect A.F. Leicht in 1928. Leicht was a prolific architect who designed many homes in Los Angeles. Located at 4151 Dundee Drive.
Afifi House,  Aaron Harold Henderson, Architect 2004
Afifi House, Aaron Harold Henderson, Architect 2004
Designed by Pasadena-based Architect Aaron Harold Henderson for the Ovsep & Mary Afifi family in 2004. Located at 3625 W. Cadman Drive.
Coruna & Barcelona Apartments, George Forsayke, Architect 1932
Coruna & Barcelona Apartments, George Forsayke, Architect 1932

Barcelona & Coruna Apartments, George Forsayke, Architect 1932
Barcelona & Coruna Apartments, George Forsayke, Architect 1932
Classic Spanish courtyard apartments, designed by Architect George Forayke in 1932. The pair of buildings, Coruna on the left and Barcelona on the right share a common interior court. Each apartment has a private, cantilevered balcony. Located at the northwest corner of Hillhurst Avenue and Los Feliz Boulevard.
Pill House, George A. Sullivan, Architect 1927
Pill House, George A. Sullivan, Architect 1927
Pill House, designed in 1927 for C.H. Pill by Architect George A. Sullivan. The house has been beautifully restored and updated with many original architectural details intact. My friend, realtor Maryann Kuk has the listing on the house which is listed at $2.5M (August 2010). Located at 2545 N. Vermont Avenue.
C.H. Pill House, George A. Sullivan, Architect 1927 (from the rear)
C.H. Pill House, George A. Sullivan, Architect 1927 (from the rear)
C.H. Pill House, George A. Sullivan, Architect 1927. View from the backyard, with the swimming pool and covered outdoor patio.
Tryon Castle c.1928
Tryon Castle c.1928
A fairy tale fortress with crenellated walls, turrets and towers, designed by an unknown architect in 1928. Actor Nicholas Cage lived here for a time. Located at 5647 Tryon Road.
Coe Villa, George R. Perry, Architect 1930
Coe Villa, George R. Perry, Architect 1930
Designed for Elsie H. Coe by Architect George R. Perry (some sources say Percy; when the property last sold in 2003; the listing claimed that Architect David F. Picken was the designer). The palatial Mediteranean villa is located at 2166 West Live Oak Drive in the Los Feliz Oaks.
Papazian Valentina House
Papazian Valentina House
The Spanish-Mediterranean Revival home designed for Papazian Valentina is a late arrival, having been completed in 2004. Located at 2025 E. Live Oak Drive in the Los Feliz Oaks.
Coe Villa, George R. Perry, Architect 1930
Coe Villa, George R. Perry, Architect 1930
The Coe Villa, as seen from Tryon Road.
Corona di Collini, W.C. Tanner, Architect, 1926
Corona di Collini, W.C. Tanner, Architect, 1926
The Corona di Collini Estate of child actress Jane Withers. Withers purchased the home in 1969, a year after the death of her husband, singer Ken Errair (Four Freshmen). The home was built for Josiah Lee Dabbs, a prominent member of the Democratic Party in 1926 by distinguished architect W.C. Tanner. In 1992, the home was purchased by actress Geena Davis. Situated on a hillside lot of over 19,000 sq. feet, the villa contains 13,000 sq. feet of living space with four master suites and 7.5 baths. The Spanish Churrigueresque style entrance is noteworthy. It is currently (February 2006) the highest listed price house that has ever come on the market in Los Feliz at $8,950,000.  Located at 2208 East Live Oak Drive in the Los Feliz Oaks.
Corona di Collini, W.C. Tanner, Architect, 1926
Corona di Collini, W.C. Tanner, Architect, 1926
Corona di Collini, W.C. Tanner, Architect, 1926
Adams Apts., Gil Chadwick Architect c. 1931
Adams Apts., Gil Chadwick Architect c. 1931
The influence of Moorish architecture is strongly evident in the Adams Apartments, a Spanish Mediterranean complex located at 4207-4209 Avocado Street in Los Feliz. The Moors, who conquered and occupied the Iberian Peninsula for nearly 800 years had an enormous impact on the culture, including the architecture, as noted in n the pointed arches and doorways and glazed tile details.
Villa de Liones, 4601 Dundee Drive
Villa de Liones, 4601 Dundee Drive
Villa de Liones, a Beux-Arts Tuscan-style villa would appear to have been built in the 1920's during the heyday of classical architecture in Los Feliz, however it was built in 2000. An impressive monument in the 'Hearst Castle manner', the home boasts a two-story entry, six bedrooms and 6.5 baths, wood-paneled library, magnificent public rooms, a home theatre, pool, spa and gazebo, with plenty of classical balustrades and statues thrown in for good measure. As of April 2006, it was listed for sale for a whopping $6,280,000.
Los Pavoreales, 1926 by Wallace Neff 1926
Los Pavoreales, 1926 by Wallace Neff 1926

Los Pavoreales,  Wallace Neff, Architect 1926
Los Pavoreales, Wallace Neff, Architect 1926

Norman Chandler Residence, Wallace Neff Architect 1927
Norman Chandler Residence, Wallace Neff Architect 1927
Norman Chandler Residence, Wallace Neff Architect 1927
Max Spitzer House, C.R. Spink, Architect 1924
Max Spitzer House, C.R. Spink, Architect 1924
Max Spitzer House, C.R. Spink, Architect 1924.jpg 2009-08-27
5114 Los Feliz Boulevard, c.1924 Spanish
5114 Los Feliz Boulevard, c.1924 Spanish

5036 Los Feliz Blvd., c.1929 Spanish Mediteranean
5036 Los Feliz Blvd., c.1929 Spanish Mediteranean
5036 Los Feliz Blvd., c.1929 Spanish Mediterranean
Charles C. Martin Residence, E. Martin Architect c.1922
Charles C. Martin Residence, E. Martin Architect c.1922
Moorish Revival Style home in the Los Feliz Oaks, designed for Charles Martin and his family by E. Martin in 1922.  The Los Feliz Improvement Association Historical Survey referred to the home as a "potential historic-cultural monument".  Located at 2200 Mountain Oak Drive.
Dunn House, J.A. Murray, Architect 1928
Dunn House, J.A. Murray, Architect 1928
Architect J.A. Murray designed the house for A.M.Dunn in 1928. Hal Roach also owned the house for a time. Located at 2408 Nottingham Avenue in Los Feliz.
Taylor House, George Taylor Builder 1928
Taylor House, George Taylor Builder 1928
Times may have been tough during the Great Depression, but it didn’t hamper George Taylor from providing for his family.  Born in in 1888, he married native Gertrude Taylor at age 21; the young couple relocated to Los Feliz to start a family.  He designed this large (4184 sq/ft.) classic Mediterranean Revival style home with five bedrooms and a pool. Located at 2340 Nottingham Avenue.
Abowitz House, Paul R. Williams, Architect 1933
Abowitz House, Paul R. Williams, Architect 1933
Williams designed the house for Dr. Jacob Abowitz in 1933. The single story Spanish style house is modest by the architect's usual standards. Located at 4610 Gainsborough Avenue.
Hopperstead House, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1925
Hopperstead House, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1925
Architect A.F. Leicht designed the house for E.W. Hopperstead in 1925. The architect designed approximately 24 homes in the Los Feliz and Hollywood neighborhoods during the 1920's, including John Phillip Law's "Castle" (1929). He also designed Angelus Temple in Echo Park for evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. Located at 4171 Cromwell Avenue in Los Feliz.
Ernest W. Bennett Residence, Francis Joseph Norton, Architect 1929
Ernest W. Bennett Residence, Francis Joseph Norton, Architect 1929
The Spanish Colonial style home was designed for Ernest W. Bennett, President of Utility Trailer Sales Company in 1929. Located at 3706 Effingham Place in the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles.
George Taylor Residence, George Taylor Architect & Builder c.1928
George Taylor Residence, George Taylor Architect & Builder c.1928
Architect George Taylor designed and built this handsome Mediterranean style house for himself in 1928.  Located at 2340 Nottingham Avenue in the hills above Los Feliz Blvd.
Margaret Warner Residence, Charles A. Gault, Builder c. 1926
Margaret Warner Residence, Charles A. Gault, Builder c. 1926
Another magnifcent Mediterranean style home, located at 2400 Nottingham Avenue in Los Feliz.
Waverly Drive Spanish Revival Duplex c.1931
Waverly Drive Spanish Revival Duplex c.1931

This lovely duplex came on the market during the 1st week of May 2011, priced @ $995,000.  The property is a c.1931 Spanish Revival style duplex located at 3334 Waverly Drive in Los Feliz (directly across the street from the Earle C. Anthony House, designed by Bernard Maybeck.  Each spacious unit has hardwood floors, period details, arched doorways, wood-burning fireplaces, formal dining room and tile baths. 


Modern Style

2806 Glendower Avenue c.1992
2806 Glendower Avenue c.1992
Contemporary home designed by an unknown architect c.1992. The 6 bedroom, 6.5 bath house in 4961 sq. ft. is currently <i>(June 2013)</i> on the market listed for sale for $2,345,000 and described in the listing as "beautifully redone architectural home uniquely blending warmth and sophistication with a dramatic 2 story entry, huge picture windows, an open floor plan with easy flow and a stylish rooftop patio. A very private backyard - with room for a lap pool - a well appointed kitchen, a gorgeous master suite and a top floor gym provide an ultra-luxury lifestyle".


Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989
Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989
. Perhaps one of the least known mastermind's of contemporary architecture, Architect Glen Howard Small currently lives in Managua, Nicaragua where he has recently completed three projects of national importance, the Concha Acustica, the centerpiece of the Nicaraguan national cultural plaza; the Journalist Rotunda, a monument to the journalists of the Sandinistan Revolution, and the Colon Rotunda, a fountain in the city's civic center. The architect demonstrated early promise while an undergraduate at the University of Oregon, where he was awarded the Eliel Saarinen Scholarship for the Masters of Architecture program at the Cranbrook Academy of Arts and Institute of Sciences. After graduation (1967) he worked for various architectural firms including John Lautner and Smith and Williams. After a three year stint as assistant professor at Cal Poly Pomona School of Environmental Design, he joined a group of fellow architects to co-found the Southern California Institute of Architects (SCI-Arc) in 1972 where he taught for the next 18 years. In the Leiberman House the owners commissioned a creative addition to their home, described by the architect as a "a dingbat Spanish house that had no character." The resultant "face lift" consists of "a series of quarter curves in two different directions", the architect's attempt at bringing "sensuous, flowing curves to life" in a residential setting. The wall of the house have been sculpted in such a way as to eliminate the need for a roof, leaving the interiors open to the heavens and "exalted by its light." In 2002, Glen Small's daughter Lucia Small made an award winning documentary film on his work, My Father the Genius. The Leiberman House is located at 3995 Prospect Avenue in the Franklin Hills.
Chong Lee Residence, Sunway Construction Company Builders 2004
Chong Lee Residence, Sunway Construction Company Builders 2004

Contemporary home designed for Chong H. Lee, located at 2127 North Hobart Boulevard in the Los Feliz Estates.


2420 North Catalina Street, William L. Beauter, Architect (Remodel)  2010
2420 North Catalina Street, William L. Beauter, Architect (Remodel) 2010
Re-imagination of a smaller 1950s house by Architect William L. Beuter completed in 2010. The scope of the work included remodeling the interior, converting a portion of the garage into living space and adding square footage to the existing garage and two new decks. Please do not use this image in any media without my permission. © All rights reserved.
3625 Lowry Road, Steven Hill Design c.1986
3625 Lowry Road, Steven Hill Design c.1986
The modern style house was originally designed by the prolific Steven Hill in 1986; recently renovated with stunning new interiors by Richar of Richar Interiors of Chicago. It most recently sold in September 2011 for $1,195,000 to John Hlavin, a writer whose credits include the FX show "The Shield," and the crime drama "The Gunslinger." According to sources, he has also been hired to write the script for a new "Underworld" movie.
2300 North Edgemont Street c.1960
2300 North Edgemont Street c.1960
MId-century steel-and-glass house. Last sold in 2004 for $1,700,000.
2437 N. Edgemont Street c.1986
2437 N. Edgemont Street c.1986
Contemporary style house in Los Feliz, last sold in September 2003 for $1,250,000. Described in the listing as "Spectacular modern estate situated on two lots with huge flat grassy yard...high ceilings, crisp lines perfect for an extensive art collection..."
Shake Sahakian Residence, Nathan Clarence Battle, Architect 2008
Shake Sahakian Residence, Nathan Clarence Battle, Architect 2008

Architect Nathan Clarence Battle designed the house for developer Nathan Clarence Battle, demolishing a c.1924 English cottage in the process. The redesigned house was completed in 2008. The larger (3,922 sq.ft.) home was most recently (December 2008) listed for sale for $3,950,000. Located at 2514 North Commonwealth Avenue.


2341 N. Hobart Boulevard c.1973
2341 N. Hobart Boulevard c.1973
1970s Modern style home located in the Los Feliz Estates developed by Harlan Lee and Associates in the mid 1960s . The homes in the area reflect the architecture of the times, for the most part single story, south-facing homes designed to take particular advantage of the panoramic views of the city. In the mix I found a few spectacular homes like this beauty.
Christopher Payne Residence, Christopher Payne, Architect 2008
Christopher Payne Residence, Christopher Payne, Architect 2008
The Payne Residence 2007; FIN Architecture--Christopher Payne, A.I.A. The house is currently (November 2011) and listed for sale for $2,495,000. The listing describes the house, "Functionalism transcends the box in this suave exploration of contemporary modernism on a street-to-street double-lot with sweeping views, pool & a separate concrete & glass studio. Mirroring the distant crest of the high San Gabriels, Payne's design exploits the gentle horizontal curve of Ronda Vista Place & dramatic verticality in the cliff-like forms presented to the downslope. Within, space is bent and refracted, as if natural crystalline forms had grown and merged via geologic, natural processes. Faceted, origami-like plywood ceilings give living room, dining room and kitchen a playful & pleasing complexity and contrast with smoothly continuous terrazzo floors. Upstairs, living quarters enjoy substantial separation & panoramic views, as well as ample all-day sun. Rarely is such restrained use of modern materials so rich & sheltering; pool-side studio offers a superb work-from-home option & separate entry."
Hong Residence, Roger Hong, Architect 1968
Hong Residence, Roger Hong, Architect 1968
Buff & Hensman associate Architect Roger designed the classic post-and-beam house for his mother in 1968. The architect drew on Asian traditions and his training at the University of Southern California School of Architecture. Located at 5146 West Los Franciscos in the Los Feliz Estates.
5211 Los Hermosos c.1984
5211 Los Hermosos c.1984
Yesterday, my wife Donna and I went on our usual afternoon walk around the neighborhood. Our destination was the LOS FELIZ ESTATES, developed by Harlan Lee and Associates in the mid 1960s . The homes in the area reflect the architecture of the times, for the most part single story, south-facing homes designed to take particular advantage of the panoramic views of the city. In the mix I found a few spectacular homes like this one. Note the many tall windows and dramatic roof line.
3460 Griffith Park Blvd. c.1973
3460 Griffith Park Blvd. c.1973

Joel Weiss Residence c.1981
Joel Weiss Residence c.1981
Stunning architectural home in the exclusive "Los Feliz Oaks", currently the home of Actor Joel Weiss since 1997. Located at 5739 Valley Oak Drive in Beachwood Canyon.
Crabel-Sarbu House, Susanna Steeneken, Architect Remodel 2000-2001
Crabel-Sarbu House, Susanna Steeneken, Architect Remodel 2000-2001
I had the rare privelege of visiting the home designed by New York-based Architect Susanna E. Steeneken for commodities trader William "Toby" Harrison Crabel and Fashion Designer Lorena Sarbu, the highlight of Broker's Caravan on May 10, 2011.  Crabel, a self-made millionaire, was described by The Financial Times as "the most well-known trader on the counter-trend side".  "Discovering" the house at the end of a long, private drive was a truly enchanting experience.  The low-slung entrance reminded me a bit of how one approaches the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House, and then being surprised by the dramatic interior.  Realtors Connie Blankenship and Aaron Kirman (Hilton & Highland) greeted me warmly and gave me the tour: a modern masterpiece with unparalled views, warm, natural woods illuminated by wide expanses of glass. 

The house is located at 2173 West Live Oak Drive in Los Feliz.  It is currently (May 2011) on the market for $4.9M.
Levin House, Brenda Levin, Architect 1982
Levin House, Brenda Levin, Architect 1982
Architect Brenda Levin designed her personal residence in a contemporary style in 1982. You have to see it in person to capture its unique style (the most interesting angles are hidden behind mature vegetation). The architect has been charged with the restoration of some of Los Angeles' most important historic landlmarks, including the Bradbury building, the Wiltern Theatre, Grand Central Market and the late-1920s Oviatt and Fine Arts office buildings, the . Griffith Observatory and the transformation of the former St. Vibiana's Cathedral into a performing arts center. Located at 3654 Shannon Road in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Glendower Avenue Remodel 2002
Glendower Avenue Remodel 2002
Located at 2681 Glendower Road in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, the house underwent extensive remodeling between 1997 and 2002 according to building permits. I'd love to know who is responsible for the highly sculptural design.
Rafael Franco House, Rafael Franco, Architect 1978
Rafael Franco House, Rafael Franco, Architect 1978

Rafael Franco is principal architect of Rafael Franco and Associates founded in 1981. Franco designed the house in 1978 and still owns it. Franco's contributions include Casa Esperanza, an anti-poverty agency founded by nuns that had been operating for 14 years out of two apartment units on Blythe Street in Panorama City. Franco was inspired by the film, "Lilies of the Field", in which actor Sidney Poitier in an Oscar-winning role, portrays an unemployed construction worker who stumbles upon a group of nuns in the desert and believes he has been sent by God to build them a church. Franco made a promise, saying he would finish the Spanish-mission-style building by Christmas.

The Rafael Franco House is located at 4835 Glencairn Road.


Adams House; William Adams, Architect, 1994
Adams House; William Adams, Architect, 1994
Designed by Architect William Adams, FAIA for his personal residence in 1994. Located at 2165 Ponet Drive in Los Feliz
Arxis Studio Architectural
Arxis Studio Architectural
Sophisticated design and craftsmanship by Arxis Studio in concrete, wood, and glass, the property is on a private cul-de-sac next-door to Richard Neutra's Lovell House. Located at 4625 Dundee Drive.
Bestor House, Barbara Bestor, Architect 2007
Bestor House, Barbara Bestor, Architect 2007

Architect Barbara Bestor has been making a splash in recent years in the architecture and design communities in and around Los Angeles: The multi-tasking mother of two is on a fast track, leaving her mark on seemingly everything she undertakes. Her work might be referred to as 'chic Bohemian', infusing practicality with high design.

Her recent book, 'BOHEMIAN MODERN: Living in Silver Lake' (Regan Books, 2006) reveals a great deal about her style: a trip down memory lane with a collection of stories about her local work and the friends she has met along the way.

Following in the footsteps of the great Modernist masters, Bestor selected a site directly across the street from the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Ennis House and two doors down the street from the Richard Neutra-designed Wirin House to build a new residence for herself and her two daughters. German Photographer Martin Schall (you-are-here.com) and I paid a visit in October 2008. The house is open and spacious on three levels, infused with bright colors and bathed in light. A private pool in the front courtyard is screened off from the massive wall of the Ennis House across the street.

The Barbara Bestor Residence is located at 2612 Glendower Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.


Briarcliff View, John Pugliese, Designer 2010
Briarcliff View, John Pugliese, Designer 2010
John Pugliese designed the house for himself. It will be featured on the 2010 AIA Los Angeles Chapter Fall Home Tour. Located at 5720 Briarcliff Road.
Briarcliff View, J. Pugliese, Designer 2010
Briarcliff View, J. Pugliese, Designer 2010

Viewed at a different angle.


Milt Davis House, Ed Niles Architect 1975
Milt Davis House, Ed Niles Architect 1975
Home of Milton Eugene Davis (1929 –2008) UCLA standout and All-Pro football player who played four seasons in the NFL for the Baltimore Colts. He attended Jefferson High School and Los Angeles City College. In his rookie season with the Baltimore Colts (1957), he had 10 interceptions which were returned for a total of 219 yards, two of them for touchdowns including a return of 75 yards and was named to the Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team. Davis retired after four seasons in the NFL and returned to complete work on a doctorate in education at UCLA. Locally, he coached at John Marshall High School and was a professor of Natural History at Los Angeles City College (1964-1989).
Tomalevski House, L&V Architects,Vladimir Bogdanov Tomalevski Design 2007
Tomalevski House, L&V Architects,Vladimir Bogdanov Tomalevski Design 2007
Dramatic new contemporary home located at 2761 Glendower Avenue n Los Feliz. Seen from the street, the house has a stunning blue-metal piece jutting out of the roof (seen in the accompanying photo). A short walk down the adjacent stair-street reveals this stunning composition. The house was recently listed for sale and is currently (August 2010) in escrow at an asking price of $1.79M.
Tomalevski House, V.B. Tomalevski, Architect 2007.jpg
Tomalevski House, V.B. Tomalevski, Architect 2007.jpg
The blue metal detail strikes me as very Gehryian in concept.
Tomalesvski House, Vladimir B. Tomalevski, Achitect 2007.jpg
Tomalesvski House, Vladimir B. Tomalevski, Achitect 2007.jpg
a slightly different view of the house as seen from the adjacent stair street.
2429 Lyric Avenue, Trinidad Campbell Design 2007
2429 Lyric Avenue, Trinidad Campbell Design 2007
Franklin Hills contemporary designed by Trinidad Campbell in 2007. I visited the property when it first came on the market in April 2007 at a price of $1.6M.
2429 Lyric Avenue, Trinidad Campbell Design (staircase) 2007
2429 Lyric Avenue, Trinidad Campbell Design (staircase) 2007
A floating staircase features a three-story stained glass window and steps carved from imported Kazakhstani stone.
4119 Dundee Place c.1989
4119 Dundee Place c.1989
High style home with art deco flourishes, including extensive use of casement windows. Multiple balconies expand scale of the public spaces. Last sold in September 2008 for $1.4M.
Thomas McGough House, Ryan Kogachi, Architect 1997
Thomas McGough House, Ryan Kogachi, Architect 1997
Architect Ryan Kogachi designed the house for Tom McGough, owner of Pongo Productions, a motion picture production service company.  The architect practices under the name Schism Design doing custom residential, restaurant, retail, hotel and office work.  A graduate of the University of Southern California School of Architecture, he is on the faculty at the Art Center College of Design where he received his Master's degree.  Located at 4021 Farmouth Drive.


Park Oak Drive Residence- James R. Meyer (LEAN ARCH) Architects 2005
Park Oak Drive Residence- James R. Meyer (LEAN ARCH) Architects 2005
Sophisticated remodel by the firm LEAN ARCH, with James R. Meyer as Principal Architect. A complete makeover of a 60's split level barn and a 'misdirected French suburban tract home.' according to developer Robot & Sons who purchased the property in 2004 and hired 'red-hot Modernist Architect James R. Meyer to do the design work. The architect and builders selected simple materials: wood, stone, concrete and walls of light to create an 'urban sanctuary' in the exclusive Los Feliz Oaks community. The residence is located at 2458 Park Oak Drive. The home received the Los Feliz Improvement Association's Meliora Award in 2005, for Best Restoration. I had the pleasure of meeting the architect during the 2008 AIA/LA Home Tour of Los Feliz on October 26, 2008, in the company of highly regarded German photographer Martin Schall. I will have the pleasure of seeing him again next week, when we pay a visit to Julius Shulman. Website:www.LeanArch.com
Christopher Payne Residence, Christopher Payne, Architect 2008
Christopher Payne Residence, Christopher Payne, Architect 2008
Located at 2413 Lyric Avenue in the Franklin Hills section of Los Feliz. I had the pleasure of meeting the architect during the 2008 AIA/LA Home Tour of Los Feliz on October 26, 2008, in the company of highly regarded German photographer Martin Schall.,
Cloud House, James R. Meyer, Architect 2008
Cloud House, James R. Meyer, Architect 2008
The AIA/Los Feliz Home Tour of 2008 provided the opportunity to visit this recent addition to the architectural heritage of Los Feliz. Architectural Photographer Martin Schall (you-are-here.com) accompanied me on the tour. The new residence is entered through a bridge to the main entrance and cantilivered living room. Telescoping steel decks extend beyond the building face, providing additional vantage points from which to enjoy the panoramic view below. The machine-like steel structure is clad with anodized aluminum and stucco panels. Walls of glass on the north and south elevations visually connect the interior with the surrounding natural landscape, highlighting the 'Hollywood' sign situated across the canyon. A deep blue pool and cantilivered pool house dramatically complete the picture. The CLOUD HOUSE is located at 2511 Wild Oak Drive in the prestigious Los Feliz Oaks community. Website:www.LeanArch.com
Cloud House, James R. Meyer (LEAN ARCH), Architects 2008
Cloud House, James R. Meyer (LEAN ARCH), Architects 2008
The pool house, delicately suspended in space, brings to mind the iconic image by Photographer Julius Shulman of Pierre Koenig's dreamy 'Case Study House No. 22'. Website:www.LeanArch.com
3651 Amesbury Rd., Edward R. Niles, Architect 1979
3651 Amesbury Rd., Edward R. Niles, Architect 1979

Don LaFontaine House, Fremer-Savel Architects 1994
Don LaFontaine House, Fremer-Savel Architects 1994

Don LaFontaine House, Fremer/Savel Architects 1994
Don LaFontaine House, Fremer/Savel Architects 1994

Voiceover Artist Don LaFontaine (1940-2008) gained fame as "Thunder Throat" and "The Voice of God" in more than 5,000 film trailers and thousands of television commercials in a career spanning over 40 years.  LaFontaine selected the Santa Monica-based firm Fremer/Savel Architects for the design of their Los Feliz home, (the round tower is reminiscent of the Valley Plaza Branch Library in North Hollywood, also designed by the firm)

The LaFontaine House is located at 3800 Amesbury Road. 


Mark Hall House, Mark Hall Architect 1981
Mark Hall House, Mark Hall Architect 1981

Designed by the architect for his family, the exterior walls are formed from 'energy-efficient corrugated concrete asbestos', probably in retrospect not the ideal material. Architect Mark Hall served as president of the Los Angeles chapter, American Institute of Architects in 1985, and is also Past President of the Los Angeles Conservancy.. Hall is co-founder and principal of Archiplan, a Los Angeles-based planning and architectural firm.

A 2010 restoration has kept true to the architect's intent, balancing artistic relevance with modern upgrades and enhancements. Hall's original vision of blurring indoor and outdoor space is maximized by a living area that continues outdoors to a sizable deck, according to new listing information. (The house is currently on the market for $1,150,000; February 2011).

The Mark Hall House is located at 3711 Prestwick Drive in Los Feliz.


Via@designmilk, Techentin Buckingham Architecture 2008
Via@designmilk, Techentin Buckingham Architecture 2008
The AIA/Los Feliz Home Tour of 2008 provided the opportunity to visit this recent addition to the architectural heritage of Los Feliz. Via @designmilk, a house in Los Feliz, California built on the foundation of a pre-existing home. "The spatial relationships between the rooms helps induce and orchestrate air flows, while concurrently organizing the display and conservation of an art collection." The house is located on the northwest corner of Edgemont Street and Ambrose Avenue.
Nichols House, Edward R. Niles Architect 1979
Nichols House, Edward R. Niles Architect 1979
The Nichols House (and its next-door "twin") are relatively mild design statements from Architect Edward R. Niles whose later work in Malibu is noted for its cutting edginess. I spent quite a few Sunday afternoons at the house, when my real estate partner had the listing; in 2002 I was a brand-new real estate agent just learning the complexities of the business. Too bad I didn't know the importance of the architect's work; it would have been an important enhancement to my efforts. The Nichols House is located at 3657 Amesbury Road.

Northern European

Adolph Menjou Residence, Gordon Kaufman Architect 1927
Adolph Menjou Residence, Gordon Kaufman Architect 1927

Architect Gordon B. Kaufmann designed the French Tudor style residence for Adolphe Menjou in 1927, a successful actor known for his sophisticated style and dapper dress.  Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on February 18, 1890, Menjou moved to New York in 1911 and found small parts in films and supporting roles.  He first caught the public eye in the 1923 Charlie Chaplin film, "A Woman in Paris", in which he played a debonair man of the world.  He reprised the character in over 100 films, receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in the 1931 film, "The Front Page".  His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located at 6822 Hollywood Boulevard.

The Adolphe Menjou Residence is located at 2612 Nottingham Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.  He also had a house built for him next door, an English Tudor style home, designed by A.G. Bailey in 1934.


Dorris S. Ebersole Residence, Harley S. Bradley, Architect 1923
Dorris S. Ebersole Residence, Harley S. Bradley, Architect 1923
Architect Harley S. Bradley designed the English Tudor Revival style residence for Dorris S. Ebersole in 1923. The patterned brick facade is reminiscent of the English Tudor Revival style house designed by Architects Pierpont and Walter S. Davis located a few blocks away at 2027 North Serrano Avenue.The architect designed other noteworthy homes in Los Feliz, including the Craftsman style Thompson House located at 4601 Clarissa Avenue (1911); Janetta Weir House (1923), the Jenote V. Simons House (1924) also on Ambrose Avenue, and the Allen Wertz Residence (1926) on Glendower Avenue (1926). The Ebersole Residence is located at 5061 Ambrose Avenue.
Alfred H. Herman Residence, Alfred Herman Architect 1922
Alfred H. Herman Residence, Alfred Herman Architect 1922
Art Director Alfred Herman was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction for the film Love Affair featuring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer (1939). He was born in New York City on December 8, 1889 and died in Los Angeles in December 1973. The English Storybook house he designed for himself is located at 2000 N. New Hampshire Avenue.
Helen G. Sharer Residence, D.C. Alexander, Builder c.1925
Helen G. Sharer Residence, D.C. Alexander, Builder c.1925
The English Revival style residence was designed by contractor D.C. Alexander in 1925 for Helen G. Sharer. In the 1970s it was the home of Gerard Anthony "Tony" Bill, producer of the 1973 movie "The Sting" for which he shared the Academy Award for Best Picture with Michael Phillips and Julia Phillips. The Sting became one of the highest grossing films in history. Located at 5057 West Ambrose Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Duncan House, J.A. Murray, Designer 1928
Duncan House, J.A. Murray, Designer 1928
Dr. William C. Duncan, a general practice physician and his wife Charlotte had J.A. Murray design the English Tudor style home for their family in 1928. Dr. Duncan was a Director of the Los Feliz Improvement Association in 1941. The home was recently (March 2012) sold in a private sale for $900,000; an estate sale held during the same time frame was a virtual step back in time. Located at 3705 Lowry Road.
Tito Schipo Residence, Arthur Kelly, Architect 1923
Tito Schipo Residence, Arthur Kelly, Architect 1923
English Tudor Revival style residence designed for Tito Schipo by architect Arthur Kelly in 1923. It was the home of Hollywood producer Herbert Leonard from the 1960s until his death in 2006. His credits include Naked City (1958); The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (1954); Circus Boy (1956); and Route 66 (1960). His wife, Betty Kennedy, guest-starred in several episodes of his TV show, Rin Tin Tin and K-9 Cop. The architect began his architectural career working for Greene and Greene in Pasadena, later opening his own firm. He went on to design over 500 homes and buildings, including the Christie Hotel in Hollywood and the Arthur Letts, Jr. Estate (aka “The Playboy Mansion”). Located at 4956 Los Feliz Boulevard.
Duncan House, J.A. Murray, Designer 1928
Duncan House, J.A. Murray, Designer 1928
Dr. Wil C. Duncan, a general practice physician and his wife Charlotte had J.A. Murray design the English Tudor style home for their family in 1928. Dr. Murray was a Director of the Los Feliz Improvement Association in 1941.
3701 Shannon Road, Leona P. Woods, Builder 1930
3701 Shannon Road, Leona P. Woods, Builder 1930
English Tudor style house designed by Leona P. Woods, a French carver c.1930. The Hollywood String Quartet performed in the living room on occasion. Located at 3701 Shannon Road.
3694 Shannon Road c.1931
3694 Shannon Road c.1931
The English Tudor style house was built in 1931. It was the home of Los Feliz socialite Mrs. Leonard L. (Helen) McEvoy in the 1950s. She moved to 2501 Nottingham Avenue by 1961.
Ray Enright Residence, James V. Little, Architect 1928
Ray Enright Residence, James V. Little, Architect 1928
Architect James V. Little originally designed the English Tudor style residence for attorney Joseph K. Horton in 1928. Horton sold the house to film director Ray Enright. The director who was born in 1896, began his film career as a writer and editor for Charlie Chaplin and Mack Sennett. He debuted as a director in 1927 with the movie, "Tracked by Police", starring Rin-Tin-Tin. He was best known for comedies, action films and later, westerns. By the time of his retirement in 1952, he had directed over 70 films and written four screenplays. He died in 1964. His Los Feliz home was located at 3915 Carnavon Way.
Dr. J.V. Dodge Residence, Albert E. Hansen Architect 1936
Dr. J.V. Dodge Residence, Albert E. Hansen Architect 1936
Dr. J.V. Dodge Residence, Albert E. Hansen Architect 1936. Located at 3623 Holboro Drive in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. The architect also designed the Classical Moderne Glendale City Hall in 1940-42.
Woit House, Jno H. Fleming, Architect 1934
Woit House, Jno H. Fleming, Architect 1934
Architect Jno H. Fleming designed the English Tudor Revival style house for Charles S. Woit in 1934. Located at 3607 Shannon Road. The architect also designed the Spanish Revival style Lee Holtz Residence on Amesbury Road (1935)
Lillian C. Bower Apartments, A.H. O'Brien, Designer 1928
Lillian C. Bower Apartments, A.H. O'Brien, Designer 1928
Originally, plans were drawn up for a "12-room, brick veneer and stucco building for two families, with slate and composition roofing, hardwood floors, tile baths, mantels, gas furnace, electric refrigerators, leaded glass, automatic water heaters and garage". The estimated price: $8,520."* Located at 3085 St. George Street. **Southwest Building & Construction, February 17, 1928.
2060 N. Edgemont c.1949
2060 N. Edgemont c.1949
The English Tudor Revival style had its greatest period of popularity in the 1920s, however it remains one of the three most preferred styles of architecture in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, outflanked only by Spanish and Mediterranean Revival. This "latecomer" built in 1949 is a good example of its enduring popularity.
Albert Brown Residence, Meyer & Holler (Milwaukie Building Company), Architects 1921
Albert Brown Residence, Meyer & Holler (Milwaukie Building Company), Architects 1921
Prolific architectural and home-building firm Milwaukie Building Company designed the English Revival style house for Albert Brown in 1921.  Brown, who was born in England in 1879 lived here with his wife Margaret up until the 1940s.  Meyer & Holler, also known as the Milwaukie Building Company), designed many important Los Angeles landmarks including Grauman’s Chinese and Egyptian theaters.  The firm, founded by Gabriel S. Meyer and Philip W. Holler designed dozens of apartment buildings, hotels, banks, and churches between 1906 and 1932.

  Located at 2415 N. Commonwealth Avenue
Dr. Norman Kilbourne Residence, Howard G. Smits, Builder 1937
Dr. Norman Kilbourne Residence, Howard G. Smits, Builder 1937
English Revival style residence designed for Dr. Norman J. Kilbourne in 1937. Located at 2526 N. Commonwealth Avenue.
Mark Davids Residence, Winchton L. Risley, Architect 1927
Mark Davids Residence, Winchton L. Risley, Architect 1927
Architect Winchton Risley designed the English Tudor Revival style house for Mark Davids, a stockbroker in 1927. Located at 4059 Cromwell Avenue.
Marie Vance Residence, Maurice B. Opigez, Builder 1924
Marie Vance Residence, Maurice B. Opigez, Builder 1924
Marie Vance had the English Tudor Revival house built for herself in 1924, with servants quarters set up in a back house. Located at 1969 Alexandria Avenue.
Ben Brodsky Duplex, Albert J. Brocher, Architect 1932
Ben Brodsky Duplex, Albert J. Brocher, Architect 1932
Contractor Ben Brodsky engaged the services of Architect Albert Brocher to design the English Tudor style compound in 1932. The property consists of two, three bedroom flats and a two-bedroom carriage house located in the rear. Located at 1940-1944 N. Normandie Avenue.
Aldritt House, Arthur R. Kelly, Architect 1922
Aldritt House, Arthur R. Kelly, Architect 1922
The architect originally built the house for M.G Aldritt in 1922. By 1930, the owner was James T. Holland, a mining engineer. Located at 2015 N. Hobart Boulevard.
Rasche House, Frank R. Rasche, Architect 1923
Rasche House, Frank R. Rasche, Architect 1923
Frank P. Rasche was a leading home builder in Los Angeles during the 1920s. He built the French Revival style house for his family, including his wife Mary Viola Rasche and their teenage son, Frank W. Rasche in 1923. Located at 2027 N. Hobart Blvd. in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
C.H Wondries Residence, B.B. Horner, Builder 1925
C.H Wondries Residence, B.B. Horner, Builder 1925
English Tudor style house built for C.H. Wondries by contractor B.B. Horner in 1925. Located at 1930 North Hobart Blvd.
High Trilling Manor, J.W. Roberts, Architect 1925
High Trilling Manor, J.W. Roberts, Architect 1925
English Tudor Style house located at 2106 Fern Dell Place on the edge of Griffith Park. Orignally designed for Arthur J. Mullen, an attorney at law, and his wife Caroline in 1925. Currently the home of Theodore Heyck and David Rambo. Mr. Heyck is a trial lawyer with the office of the Los Angeles City Attorney. He graduated from Brown and received his law degree from New York Law School. Mr. Rambo is a playwright and television writer. He wrote “The Lady With All the Answers,” a play about the advice columnist Ann Landers that had its premiere at the Old Globe theater in San Diego in 2005. He has written 15 episodes of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” on CBS and is also a producer of the show.
Carl Dunlap Residence, Roy D. Jones, Architect 1925
Carl Dunlap Residence, Roy D. Jones, Architect 1925
Architect Roy D. Jones designed the English Tudor Revival style home for investment financier Carl W. Dunlap and his family in 1925. Located at 5406 Red Oak Drive in the Los Feliz Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles.
2245 Fern Dell Place c.1926
2245 Fern Dell Place c.1926
Fern Dell Place is located on the very edge of Griffith Park; a fascinating, wooded hollow hidden under a canopy of sycamore trees. A meandering stream, tiny waterfalls, and over 50 varieties of ferns provide a pleasant escape from the city. Homes along the street are among the most desirable in the city. The English Tudor style home is located at 2205 Fern Dell Place in the Los Feliz Oaks.
Loma Linda Avenue Apartments c.1939
Loma Linda Avenue Apartments c.1939
Country French style apartment building located at 5320 Loma Linda Avenue; classic old Hollywood c.1939.
Haldeman House c.1917
Haldeman House c.1917
Originally the family home of Harry Marston Haldeman, Co-Founder of the Better American Federation of California and the The Oz Film Manufacturing Company. He produced four early silent films in 1914, including three of the earliest versions of the Wizard of Oz series. He was a close friend of L. Frank Baum and Co-Founder of 'Uplifters Club' at the Los Angeles Athletic Club and later Santa Monica Canyon. He was the grandfather of H. R. Haldeman; White House Chief of Staff to President Richard Nixon best known for his role in the Watergate scandal. Located at 1732 N. Wilton Place.
Trianon Apartments, Leland E. Bryant, Architect 1928
Trianon Apartments, Leland E. Bryant, Architect 1928
Named after Marie Antoinette's 'Petit Trianon' (which it in no way resembles), the Trianon Apartments are a real crown jewel in an otherwise non-descript neighborhood of Hollywood. According to architecture historian Laura Massino-Smith, the apartments bear a strong resemblance to the Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau in the Val de Loire. (I looked it up and they do!). The Trianon is designed in the French Normandy or Chateauesque style. The apartments and its neon roof sign were designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1995 (No. 616). Architect Bryant also designed the art deco style Argyle Hotel (Sunset Tower) in West Hollywood. Located at 1750-1754 Serrano Avenue.
Fiskin Apartments, E.B. Rust, Architect c.1945
Fiskin Apartments, E.B. Rust, Architect c.1945
Architect E. B. Rust designed the French Normandy Revival style apartment building for Samuel Fishkin c.1945.. Located at 1940-1950 North Vermont Avenue in Los Feliz Village.
Simons House, S.M. Cooper, Architect 1928
Simons House, S.M. Cooper, Architect 1928

English Tudor house designed for John V. Simons and his family by Architect S.M. Cooper in 1928.  Simons was president of a brick manufacturing company.  Located at 4016 Cromwell Avenue.


Lasker Apartments, D. Coleman, Architect 1938
Lasker Apartments, D. Coleman, Architect 1938
Architect D. Coleman designed the French Revival style fourplex for H.S. Lasker c.1940. Located at 1938-1942 N. Kenmore Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Florence Coger Residence, Harry Coger, Builder 1925
Florence Coger Residence, Harry Coger, Builder 1925
Harry Coger was a successful automobile dealer who built the house for his socialite second wife, Florence. The stock market crash brought financial ruin to Harry; he spent the rest of his life working in gold mines, hoping to recoup his losses, while Florence lived on at the house until she died. The house us currently the home of Los Feliz Improvement Association President Donald Seligman. Located at 5215 Franklin Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Sherwood Apartments, Ben Sherwood, Builder 1931
Sherwood Apartments, Ben Sherwood, Builder 1931
The intersection of Griffith Park and Rowena Avenue might well be called the "Storybook Corner" of Los Feliz; Builder Ben Sherwood also designed the nearby Sherwood House" and the "House of the Seven Dwarves" (2900-2912 1/2 Griffith Park Blvd.). The equally famous "Snow White's Cottage" is located diagonally across the street. Located at 3437 Rowena Avenue, part of a five unit apartment complex between 3429 and 3437 Rowena Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
3469 Rowena Avenue c.1928
3469 Rowena Avenue c.1928
I have driven by this delightful Storybook style house in Los Feliz hundreds of times, fascinated by its charm. The house has a French Provincial aesthic with its Normandy tower and steep gables wtih rolled eaves. It has recently undergone a facelift, highlighed by the lovely new landscaping and stone walkway.
Hunter House, Arthur H. Stibolt, Architect 1929
Hunter House, Arthur H. Stibolt, Architect 1929
Architect Arthur Stibolt designed the 16-room mansion for contractor Donald L. Hunter in 1929. The English Tudor style home is located at 3648 Shannon Road in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. The house is listed for sale (as of March 2011) for $1,795.00.  The listing is described as "Built at the apex of the European revival period in Los Angeles, this imposing and largely unadulterated example of Tudor architecture is offered for the first time since 1950. The main level is anchored by a grand, open-beamed living room with an adjoining lounge featuring original stained glass. A master suite and three family bedrooms with two guest bathrooms are housed on the upper level and provide direct access to the grounds that occupy a street-to-street lot with exceptional potential. The lower level provides maid's quarters and an exciting, oversized family room with fireplace. Exquisitely maintained over the years with recent upgrades to major systems, the residence includes a formal dining room, breakfast room, kitchen with adjacent butler's pantry, laundry room, elevator and a two-car garage with direct access".  
Hartung House, E.F. Schaffer, Architect 1925
Hartung House, E.F. Schaffer, Architect 1925
The house was designed for Rosa Hartung in 1925 by architect-builder E.F. Schaffer in an eclectic style with English Tudor and French Country style elements. Located at 3473 Rowena Avenue in the Franklin Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Hubert F. Breen Residence, L.F. Muloueen Architect 1927
Hubert F. Breen Residence, L.F. Muloueen Architect 1927
Sources varioiusly spell the last name of the architect as Myhlouless an Muloulen; in any case the house is another example of the many fine English style homes that line Cedarhurst Drive in Los Feliz. Located at 2123 Cedarhurst Drive
Herbert Woodward Residence, L.B. Kolyer, Architect 1928
Herbert Woodward Residence, L.B. Kolyer, Architect 1928
Records show the elegant EnglishTodor house was built by contractor A.J. Showalter from a design by Architect L.B. Kolyer in 1928. The house was the residence of automobile dealer and USC booster Herbert Woodward in the 1930s. Located at 2106 Cedarhurst Drive in Los Feliz.
De Garmo House, Kemper Nomland Sr., Architect 1929
De Garmo House, Kemper Nomland Sr., Architect 1929
The house was designed for Ellwood De Garmo, a Director of the Los Feliz Improvement Association by Kemper Nomland in 1929. The architect studied architecture at Columbia University before practicing in New York, Seattle, and then Los Angeles. He worked with Albert C. Martin in 1922, Marston Van Pelt & Maybury (1923–1925) Austin, Martin & Parkinson (1926–1927); Kemper Nomland Jr. after 1928; and Hunt & Chambers from 1942-1944. Together with his son Kemper Nomland Jr. they designed one of the Case Study Houses in 1947 at 711 San Rafael Avenue in Pasadena. Located at 3855 Carnavon Way.
Urias House, D. Wesley Coultier c.1924
Urias House, D. Wesley Coultier c.1924
Architect D. Wesley Coulter designed the English Tudor Revival style house for Charles W. Urias, a construction engineer and his wife Viola in 1924. The 2,432 sq. ft. house is currently (March 2011) on the market and listed for sale at $899,000. Located at 5071 Ambrose Avenue.
Harold De Santis Residence c.1935
Harold De Santis Residence c.1935
Cedarhurst Drive in Los Feliz Village is lined with elegant historic homes dating from the 1920s, including this grand Tudor Manor house built in 1935. The house was recently (2010) sold to attorney Martin P. Carlson for $1,450,000. Located at 2131 Cedarhurst Drive.
Phillips House, Elmer Gray, Architect 1930
Phillips House, Elmer Gray, Architect 1930
Architect Elmer Grey (1872-1963) designed the Norman syle chateau for Dr. Charles E. Phillips in 1930. Grey's architectural practice, which was based in Pasadena. designed many noted Southern California landmarks, including the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Huntington Art Gallery, the Pasadena Playhouse and Wattles Mansion. He is credited with being a pioneer in the development of a new American style of architecture with a focus on harmony with nature and eliminating features not belonging to the local climate and conditions. The house is located at 4803 Cromwell Avenue in the Los Feliz District of Los Angeles.
Sherwood House, Ben Sherwood. Builder 1938
Sherwood House, Ben Sherwood. Builder 1938
The intersection of Griffith Park and Rowena Avenue might well be called the "Storybook Corner" of Los Feliz; Builder Ben Sherwood also designed the nearby "House of the Seven Dwarves" (2900-2912 1/2 Griffith Park Blvd.). The equally famous "Snow White's Cottage" is located diagonally across the street. The Normandy "castle' is located at 3212 Griffith Park Blvd.
Hamerlund House, J. Hamerlund, Builder 1926
Hamerlund House, J. Hamerlund, Builder 1926
The Los Feliz district has a great many of these English Tudor Revival homes. The style was very popular with the affluent beginning in the 1870s; furthur interest was sparked by GIs returning from the front at the end of World War I. Interest in the style peaked in the 1920s and continued until the advent of World War II. The Hamerlund House is one of my favorites, set in a lovely garden at 3434 Waverly Drive.
Alice & Webster Miller Residence, E. P. Chapton, Architect .1927
Alice & Webster Miller Residence, E. P. Chapton, Architect .1927
Elmer Ralphs, Miller’s son-in-law in 1930, lived here. Ralphs was a son of Walter Ralphs, grandson of the Walter Ralphs that founded the Ralphs Grocery chain in 1873. Ralphs was living with his in-laws while another home was being built for him at 2401 Nottingham Avenue. Located at 4941 Finley Avenue.
Rancho Los Hermosos. N. Madison, Architect, 1928
Rancho Los Hermosos. N. Madison, Architect, 1928
Madison was both architect, builder and owner of the Chateauesque style mansion, located on the northwest corner of Los Feliz Boulevard and Tica Drive. The elegant house in more recent years was converted to an apartment building.
Rancho Los Hermosos. N. Madison, Architect, 1928
Rancho Los Hermosos. N. Madison, Architect, 1928

View from the courtyard on Tica Drive.


Walt Disney House, F. Scott Crowhurst, Architect 1932
Walt Disney House, F. Scott Crowhurst, Architect 1932
Walt Disney didn't have far to drive to work after having this English Tudor home built for him in 1932. The Disney Studios were located a short distance away at 2725 Hyperion Avenue. The studio, built in 1926, has since been demolished (Gelson's Market now sits on the site). Incidently, there are a few other similarly styled buildings in the immediate area: the eight little cottages located at 2900-2912 1/2 Griffith Park Blvd. and the lovely Tudor cottage located at 3141 Griffith Park Blvd. (which locals refer to as the 'Houses of the Seven Dwarves' and 'Snow White's Cottage' respectively). The Disney House is located at 4053 Woking Way in Los Feliz.
Sherwood House, Charles M. Hutchinson, Architect 1929
Sherwood House, Charles M. Hutchinson, Architect 1929
English Tudor (and other Northern European-influenced styles) were all the rage in Los Angeles of the Roaring 20's, especially among the well-to-do; in later years more modest versions of the style emerged. Examples of the style abound in the Los Feliz district; Walt Disney's home on Woking Way and the "House of the Seven Dwarves" and "Snow White's Cottage" on Griffith Park Boulevard are well-known examples. The Sherwood House is located at 3435 Amesbury Road.
Snow White's Cottage- architect unknown 1936
Snow White's Cottage- architect unknown 1936
Known affectionately as 'Snow White's Cottage' (due in part to its proximity to the original Disney Studios), this handsome English Tudor home is located just across the street from the courtyard popularized as 'The House of the Seven Dwarfs' (See detailed on this webpage). Snow White's Cottage is located at 3141 Griffith Park Blvd. in Los Feliz.
House of the Seven Dwarfs- Ben Sherwood, Builder 1931
House of the Seven Dwarfs- Ben Sherwood, Builder 1931
Located near the original Disney Studios, these charming cottages built in 1931 are known by locals as 'The House of the Seven Dwarfs'. Consisting of eight half-timbered, steep-roofed small cottages built around a courtyard and anchored at the end by a Norman tower, the cottages exemplify the Storybook Architecture Style which flourished in Los Angeles in the 20's and 30's. The House of the Seven Dwarfs is located at 2900-2912 1/2 Griffith Park Blvd. in Los Feliz.
Alan Ladd-Bing Crosby Residence, Marshall P. Wilkinson, Architect 1926
Alan Ladd-Bing Crosby Residence, Marshall P. Wilkinson, Architect 1926
The house has a storied history. Architect Marshall P. Wilkinson originally designed the house for Murray and Carrie Brophy in the Georgian style in 1926. The style flourished in northern New England during the 1700s. It was subsequently sold to actress Evelyn Stuart in 1930, and a short time later to Sue Carol, a Hollywood actress-turned agent with her husband Nick Stuart. In true Hollywood fashion, the agent met a rising young star, Alan Ladd, and agreed to become his agent. Ladd's career sky-rocketed in 1942; his breakthrough role came as a dispassionate killer in 'This Gun For Hire'. As Carol focused her attention on Ladd's career, the two became romantically involved, leaving their respective spouses and marrying in 1942. According to www.movielanddirectory.com, Dixie Lee and her husband Actor/Singer Bing Crosby purchased the estate in 1931. An English-style pub 'The Silent Woman' located at the back of the property served as a speakeasy during Prohibition, and had a reputation for fantastic parties up until the 1950s. Many famous guests have carved their names into the pub's bar including Louis Armstrong, Bette Davis, the Four Horsemen of Notre Dame, Dixie and Bing Crosby and Ginger Rogers. Located at 4961 Cromwell Avenue.
Wheeler House, David D. Witmer & Loyall F. Watson, Architects 1923
Wheeler House, David D. Witmer & Loyall F. Watson, Architects 1923
Designed for Attorney Henry O. Wheeler by Architects David D. Witmer & Loyall F. Watson in 1923. The two-story English Tudor style house if made of reinforced concrete; the wide "board marks" are especially noticeable, unusual for the style, perhaps imitating the look of stone. Located at 2020 N. Edgemont Street.
Clune House, Everett H. Merrill, architect 1924
Clune House, Everett H. Merrill, architect 1924
Architect Everett H. Merrill designed the house for investor James W. and Dorothy Clune in 1924. Located at 2258 Chiselhurst Drive.
Granger House, Henry Gutterson, architect 1927
Granger House, Henry Gutterson, architect 1927
Granger House, Architect Henry Gutterson designed the house for oilman Paul H. Granger and his family in 1927. Located at 2266 Chiselhurst Drive.
Elvira Alexander Residence, C. W. Christianson, Builder 1940
Elvira Alexander Residence, C. W. Christianson, Builder 1940
Contractor C. W. Christianson built the French style for R. V. & Elvira Alexander in 1940. Located at 5001 W. Finley Avenue.
Dr. Chester Bowers Residence, G. Whitecross Kitchia, Architect 1925
Dr. Chester Bowers Residence, G. Whitecross Kitchia, Architect 1925

Designed for Dr. Chester H. Bowers by Architect G. Whitecross Kitchia in 1925.  Bowers was a prominent Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist and a graduate of the University of Southern California. He served as President of the Pacific Coast Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Society.  Located at 5111 Ambrose Avenue.


J. Simons House, Harley S. Bradley, Architect 1924
J. Simons House, Harley S. Bradley, Architect 1924

Designed for Jenote V. Simons by Architect Harley S. Bradley in 1924.  Located at 4963 Ambrose Avenue.


Weir House, Harley S. Bradley, Archtect 1923
Weir House, Harley S. Bradley, Archtect 1923

Designed for Mrs. Janetta Weir by Architect Harley S. Bradley in 1923. The address of the house at that time was 5040 Ambrose Ave. (the address was changed to 5100 Ambrose in 1924).   

The house was purchased in 1926 by Oil Executive Clarence E. Olmsted.  Olmstead was President and General Manager of The Texas Company (Texaco). Mr. Olmsted engaged the services of Architect H. Roy Kelley in 1933 to make additions and changes to the house.  Located at 5100 Ambrose Avenue. 


Norman House, L.B. Norman, Architect and Builder
Norman House, L.B. Norman, Architect and Builder
Owner-builder-archiect L.B. Norman designed the brick Tudor as his personal esidence in 1924. Located at 4207 Dundee Drive.
John Marshall High School, George M. Lindsey, Architect, 1930-1931
John Marshall High School, George M. Lindsey, Architect, 1930-1931
Slated for demoliton after the 1971 Earthquake (due to the fact that the building was largely unreinforced brick construction), the community waged a battle to preserve it. Tutor-Saliba/Potashnik JV Construction won a contract with the Los Angeles Board of Education to reinforce the construction at great expense to preserve the magnificent architecture.

The school is a fine example of the Collegiate Gothic Style. Due to its proximity to Hollywood and its classical style, it has been featured in numerous movies including 'Grease', 'Rebel Without a Cause' and 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' amongst others. Marshall High School alumni include Julie Newman and Leonardo DiCaprio, who graduated with the help of a tutor. Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss was a Marshall dropout (her dad still runs a medical practice in Los Feliz). Popular Los Angeles City Council Member Tom LaBonge and Modernist Architect Michael Rotundi are also graduates.
Adolphe Menjou Residence, A.G. Bailey Architect 1934
Adolphe Menjou Residence, A.G. Bailey Architect 1934
Actor Adolphe Jean Menjou (1890 – 1963) was a film star with a noteworthy career spanning both silent films and talkies. He appeared in such films as The Sheik, A Woman of Paris, Morocco, and A Star is Born. He was nominated for an Academy Award for The Front Page in 1931. In his frequent appearances he was often seen as a well-dressed man-about-town. Menjou owned two houses in Los Feliz; the first, a French Tudor house designed by Gordon B. Kaufmann in 1927, located next door at 2612 Nottingham Avenue, and this English Tudor beauty designed by Architect A.G. Bailey in 1934.
Trianon Apartments, Leland Bryant, Architect 1928
Trianon Apartments, Leland Bryant, Architect 1928
Named after Marie Antoinette's 'Petit Trianon' (which it in no way resembles), the Trianon Apartments are a real crown jewel in an otherwise non-descript neighborhood of Hollywood. According to architecture historian Laura Massino-Smith, the apartments bear a strong resemblance to the Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau in the Val de Loire. (I looked it up and they do!). The Trianon is designed in the French Normandy or Chateauesque style. The apartments and its neon roof sign were designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1995 (No. 616). Architect Bryant also designed the art deco style Argyle Hotel (Sunset Tower) in West Hollywood. The Trianon is located at 1750-1754 Serrano Avenue in Hollywood.
Trianon Apartments, Leland Bryant 1928
Trianon Apartments, Leland Bryant 1928
Trianon Apartments, Leland Bryant 1928
Horton Hall
Horton Hall
A four story apartment building located at 2041 N. Vermont Avenue. Designed in a French Normandy style.
Sarli Apartments, Arthur Haines, Architect 1938
Sarli Apartments, Arthur Haines, Architect 1938
The 1300 block of North Alexandria Avenue has a lovely row of French and French Normandy style apartment buildings. The Sarli Apartments (pictured here) were designed by Architect Arthur Haines for Leonie Sarli in 1938. Located at 1932 N. Alexandria Avenue. The Boshes Apartments next door at 1912-1916 N. Alexandria were designed in the same year by Architect William Boshess for Harold Boshes.
Sprowls House, Frank Rasche, Architect 1924
Sprowls House, Frank Rasche, Architect 1924
Designed in the French Tudor style for R.M. Sprawls in 1924 by Architect Frank Rasche. Rasche is credited with the design of a theater in Hollywood, originally the Paramount, located at 5528 Santa Monica Boulevard. The theater wasre-named the Loma Theatre by the early 1940's, operated by Fox West Coast Theaters and has since been demolished.
French Normandy Apartment Building, H. Knauer, Architect 1941
French Normandy Apartment Building, H. Knauer, Architect 1941
French Normandy Apartment Building, 4124-4128 Los Feliz Blvd., H. Knauer, Architect 1941
Braun House, Theodore Scott, Architect 1924
Braun House, Theodore Scott, Architect 1924
Architect Theodore Scott designed the two story English Revival home for Jessie Phelps Braun in 1924. Located at 2601 N. Vermont Avenue.
2311 Nottingham Avenue
2311 Nottingham Avenue
Classic English Tudor style with brick trim. c. 1931.
Wilbur E. Cummings Residence, G. Whitecross Kitchia, Architect 1925
Wilbur E. Cummings Residence, G. Whitecross Kitchia, Architect 1925
Designed for Wilbur Cummings by architect G. Whitecross Kitchia in 1925. Cummings was instrumental in the early development of Los Feliz; Cummings Drive is named after him. Located at 5105 Ambrose Avenue.
Edith Sparks Residence, Arthur R. Kelly, Architect 1922
Edith Sparks Residence, Arthur R. Kelly, Architect 1922
Edith Sparks Residence, Architect Arthur R. Kelly designed the Country English cottage for Edith Sparks in 1922. Located at 2016 North Hobart Boulevard.
Aldritt House, Arthur R. Kelly, Architect 1922
Aldritt House, Arthur R. Kelly, Architect 1922
Architect Arthur R. Kelley originally designed the house for Mabel G. Aldritt in 1922. By 1930, the house had passed to James T. Holland, a mining engineer. Located at 2015 North Hobart Blvd.
Mary Viola Rasche Residence, Frank P. Rasche, Architect 1923
Mary Viola Rasche Residence, Frank P. Rasche, Architect 1923
Frank P. Rasche was a leading building contractor in 1920s Los Angeles.  He designed the French Revival style house for his wife Mary Viola Rasche in 1923. Located at 2027 N. Hobart Boulevard.
Westchester House, Russell F. (Buntz) (Buntzel), Architect 1926
Westchester House, Russell F. (Buntz) (Buntzel), Architect 1926
The architect designed the English Tudor style home for Alberto Winchester in 1926. Located at 4970 W. Cromwell Avenue.
Ray Frank House, Lee M. Bouee, Builder 1922
Ray Frank House, Lee M. Bouee, Builder 1922

Designed for pharmacist Ray Frank by builder Lee Bouee in 1922.  Located at 5057 Ambrose Avenue.


Glena Coffman House, Summer Architect 1926
Glena Coffman House, Summer Architect 1926
Stately English Tudor Style home situated on a bluff overlooking Rowena Reservoir. I have passed this lovely home many times hoping the owners would do some much-needed repairs. Located at 3002 N. Maxwell Street.
Morse House, A.E. Haejes, Architect 1926
Morse House, A.E. Haejes, Architect 1926
English Tudor style, located at 3006 Maxwell Street in Los Feliz.
Boqua House, Edward C.N. Brett, Architect 1927
Boqua House, Edward C.N. Brett, Architect 1927

Architect Edward C.N Brett designed the English Tudor style house for insurance broker Andrew E. Boqua and his wife Louise in 1927.  During the 1960s, Ronald C. and Jean Clinton Roeschlaub, daughter of Clifford Clinton, raised their children here.  Located at 5005 Los Feliz Boulevard.


Schipo-Leonard House, Arthur Kelly, Architect 1923
Schipo-Leonard House, Arthur Kelly, Architect 1923
English Tudor Style home on Los Feliz' "Mansion Row", the home of Producer Herbert Leonard from the 1960s until his death in the 1990s.  Located at 4956 Los Feliz Boulevard.
Hulsman House, A.Godfrey Bailey, Architect 1933
Hulsman House, A.Godfrey Bailey, Architect 1933

Architect A.Godfrey Bailey designed the English Tudor style house for B.H. Hulsman in 1933.  Located at 5079 Los Feliz Boulevard.


D. J.V. Dodge Residence, Albert E. Hansen Architect 1936
D. J.V. Dodge Residence, Albert E. Hansen Architect 1936
D. J.V. Dodge Residence, Albert E. Hansen Architect 1936.  Located at 3623 Holboro Drive.  The architect also designed the art deco Glendale City Hall in 1940-42.
Frances W. Lyon & Margaret C. Higgins Residence, Carl Nelson, Builder 1931
Frances W. Lyon & Margaret C. Higgins Residence, Carl Nelson, Builder 1931

French Normandy style homes had their heydey in America after the end of World War I, as GIs returning from the front recalled the grand chateaux and country farm houses characteristic of the region.  This lovely home is located at 3648 Cadman Drive in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.


Craftsman Style

1801 N. Commonwealth Av. c.1916
1801 N. Commonwealth Av. c.1916
The earliest remaining homes in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles date from the year 1900. In fact there are less than 550 homes still standing that were built between 1900 and 1919. The following year there was an explosion of growth with 113 homes, at least that are still around. Most of the homes were designed in the Craftsman or California Bungalow style, and were situated in the vicinity of "Los Feliz Village", (the neighborhood directly south of Los Feliz Boulevard and north of Hollywood Boulevard) and the area designated as "Hollywood Grove", the neighborhhood east of Canyon Drive, west of Gramercy Place, and above Franklin Avenue. A total of thirty-nine of the homes are located on Melbourne Avenue in Los Feliz Village, between the 4300 and 4600 block. This particular house sits on the corner of Melbourne and Commonwealth, and is joined to the house listed at 4401 Melbourne Avenue.
4340 Melbourne Av. c.1909
4340 Melbourne Av. c.1909

4426 Melbourne Av., c.1914
4426 Melbourne Av., c.1914
The earliest remaining homes in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles date from the year 1900. In fact there are less than 550 homes still standing that were built between 1900 and 1919. The following year there was an explosion of growth with 113 homes, at least that are still around. Most of the homes were designed in the Craftsman or California Bungalow style, and were situated in the vicinity of "Los Feliz Village", (the neighborhood directly south of Los Feliz Boulevard and north of Hollywood Boulevard) and the area designated as "Hollywood Grove", the neighborhhood east of Canyon Drive, west of Gramercy Place, and above Franklin Avenue. A total of thirty-nine of the homes are located on Melbourne Avenue in Los Feliz Village, between the 4300 and 4600 block.
4525 Melbourne Av. c.1919
4525 Melbourne Av. c.1919

The earliest remaining homes in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles date from the year 1900.  In fact there are less than 550 homes still standing that were built between 1900 and 1919.  The following year there was an explosion of growth with 113 homes, at least that are still around.  Most of the homes were designed in the Craftsman or California Bungalow style, and were situated in the vicinity of "Los Feliz Village", (the neighborhood directly south of Los Feliz Boulevard and north of Hollywood Boulevard) and the area designated as "Hollywood Grove", the neighborhhood east of Canyon Drive, west of Gramercy Place, and above Franklin Avenue.

A total of thirty-nine of the homes are located on Melbourne Avenue in Los Feliz Village, between the 4300 and 4600 block. 


4545 Melbourne Avenue c.1907
4545 Melbourne Avenue c.1907

The earliest remaining homes in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles date from the year 1900.  In fact there are less than 550 homes still standing that were built between 1900 and 1919.  The following year there was an explosion of growth with 113 homes, at least that are still around.  Most of the homes were designed in the Craftsman or California Bungalow style, and were situated in the vicinity of "Los Feliz Village", (the neighborhood directly south of Los Feliz Boulevard and north of Hollywood Boulevard) and the area designated as "Hollywood Grove", the neighborhhood east of Canyon Drive, west of Gramercy Place, and above Franklin Avenue.

A total of thirty-nine of the homes are located on Melbourne Avenue in Los Feliz Village, between the 4300 and 4600 block. 


4624 Russell Avenue
4624 Russell Avenue

The earliest remaining homes in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles date from the year 1900.  In fact there are less than 550 homes still standing that were built between 1900 and 1919.  The following year there was an explosion of growth with 113 homes, at least that are still around.  Most of the homes were designed in the Craftsman or California Bungalow style, and were situated in the vicinity of "Los Feliz Village", (the neighborhood directly south of Los Feliz Boulevard and north of Hollywood Boulevard) and the area designated as "Hollywood Grove", the neighborhhood east of Canyon Drive, west of Gramercy Place, and above Franklin Avenue.

A total of thirty-nine of the homes are located on Melbourne Avenue in Los Feliz Village, between the 4300 and 4600 block. 


William Hall Residence, Albert & Alfred S. Heineman, Architects 1918
William Hall Residence, Albert & Alfred S. Heineman, Architects 1918
Craftsman Bungalow style house designed for William Hall and Hazel Hall in 1918. The Heineman Brothers, after the Greene Brothers, were amongst the most prolific architects of the California Arts and Crafts Movement. Without any formal training, it is estimated that the pair contributed between 1,000 and 1,500 designs for buildings throughout California and the nation during their careers, including over twenty residences in Pasadena. They are also credited with the deveopment of the bungalow court. According to authors David Gebhard and Robert Winter (An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles), the house is "Important because with its roof swooping into the eaves and Hansel and Gretel ornament, it demonstrates a tendency of the arts & crafts movement toward sentimentality". The house was also the residence of Actor James Kirkwood in the 1920s. Located at 2324 N. Commonwealth Avenue n the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Hodges Station, C.E. Shattuck, Architect 1925
Hodges Station, C.E. Shattuck, Architect 1925
Fine old Craftsman home, originally designed for P.D. Mason in 1925. Currently owned by the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. Located at 2100 N. Live Oak Drive East in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Scott Larsen Residence, 1912-1954
Scott Larsen Residence, 1912-1954
Residence of Miss Anna G. Larter, a member of the Woman's Club Hollywood, in 1922. What started as a one room shed built by G.W. Pearl in 1912 was expanded over the years into the beautiful Craftsman Style house we see today. It is currently the home of Children's Hospital Los Angeles Administrator Scott A. Larson, one of the prime movers behind the designation of Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone.
George S. Hoover Residence, H.H. Haywood, Architect c.1917 shutterfly.jpg
George S. Hoover Residence, H.H. Haywood, Architect c.1917 shutterfly.jpg
George S. Hoover Residence, H.H. Haywood, Architect c.1917 shutterfly.jpg 2011-07-28
1925 N. Van Ness Av. c.1911
1925 N. Van Ness Av. c.1911
The newly-designated (April 2011) Hollywood Grove Historic District, bounded by Canyon Drive, Franklin and Western Avenues and Foothill Drive contains a remarkably intact collection of Craftsman style homes dates from the early 1900's. This 1911 vintage Craftsman has a near-twin at 1919 N. Van Ness Avenue, completed in the same year.
1926 N. Wilton Pl. c.1906
1926 N. Wilton Pl. c.1906
Craftsman style residence in the Hollywood Grove Historic District (HPOZ).
1936 N. Wilton Place c.1908
1936 N. Wilton Place c.1908
One-and-a-half story Craftsman style residence located in the Hollywood Grove Historic District of Los Angeles.
1939 N. Van Ness Avenue c.1910
1939 N. Van Ness Avenue c.1910
One of 139 primarily Craftsman style homes in the historic Hollywood Grove Historic District. The 12-room, 5-bedroom, 2-bath home is located at 1939 N. Van Ness Avenue.
1943 N. Van Ness Ave. c.1910
1943 N. Van Ness Ave. c.1910
Restored Craftsman style house located in the Hollywood Grove Historic District (HPOZ) of Los Angeles.
1947 N. Taft Avenue c.1913
1947 N. Taft Avenue c.1913
Craftsman style residence located in the Hollywood Grove HIstoric District (HPOZ) at 1947 N. Taft Avenue.
1947 No. Taft Avenue c.1913
1947 No. Taft Avenue c.1913
Craftsman style residence located in the Hollywood Grove HIstoric District (HPOZ) at 1947 N. Taft Avenue.
1921 N. St. Andrews Place c.1919
1921 N. St. Andrews Place c.1919
Colonial Bungalow style house located in the newly-designated Hollywood Grove historic district.
1947 Taft Avenue c.1913
1947 Taft Avenue c.1913
Craftsman style residence located in the Hollywood Grove HIstoric District (HPOZ) at 1947 N. Taft Avenue.
1924 N. Wilton Place c.1909
1924 N. Wilton Place c.1909
Two story Craftsman style residence located in the Hollywood Grove Historic District of Los Angeles.
1949 N. Wilton Place c.1912
1949 N. Wilton Place c.1912
Craftsman style residence located in the Hollywood Grove Historic District of Los Angeles. In 1922 the house was the residence of Mrs. F. C. Beutel and Mrs. Robert M. Zug, members of the Woman's Club of Hollywood.
1950 N. Wilton Place, c.1908
1950 N. Wilton Place, c.1908
Craftsman style residence located in the Hollywood Grove Historic District of Los Angeles. The house was the residence of Mrs. M. J. Kennedy and Mrs. Julian Phelps, members of the Woman's Club Hollywood, in 1922.
Alvies House, W.E. Ulich, Designer 1914
Alvies House, W.E. Ulich, Designer 1914
The two-story English Craftsman style house was the residence of Mrs. Margaret L. Pettibone and Miss Edith E. Pettibone, members of the Woman's Club Hollywood, in 1922 The house is located in the Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ), an historic neighborhood of approximately 139 Craftsman, Colonial, and Mediterranean style homes dates from the early 1900’s and one of Hollywood’s last intact turn-of- the-century neighborhoods. Located at 1965 N. Canyon Drive.
Anna Laggart Residence, C.D. Goldthwaite, Builder 1916
Anna Laggart Residence, C.D. Goldthwaite, Builder 1916
Thw two-story Craftsman style residence was the residence of Mrs. Anna Laggart a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1922. The house is located in the Hartford Villa Foothill Tract, now designated the Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ), an historic neighborhood of approximately 139 Craftsman, Colonial, and Mediterranean style homes dates from the early 1900’s and one of Hollywood’s last intact turn-of- the-century neighborhoods. Located at 2014 N. Canyon Drive.
Atwater House, C.S. Albright, Architect 1918
Atwater House, C.S. Albright, Architect 1918
Two story California Bungalow designed for Thomas E. Atwater in 1918 by C.S. Albright. Located at 1951 N. Canyon Drive.in the Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone.
E.A. Thomas Residence, DeLux Architects c.1913
E.A. Thomas Residence, DeLux Architects c.1913
DeLux Architects designed the two-story Craftsman style house for E.A. Thomas in 1913. the upturned eaves have a distinctive Oriental flair. Located in the Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone at 1962 N, Canyon Drive.
George S. Hoover Residence, H.H. Haywood, Architect c.1917.jpg
George S. Hoover Residence, H.H. Haywood, Architect c.1917.jpg
Architect H.H. Haywood designed the Craftsman style house for George S. Hoover in 1917. The house is located in the Hollywood Grove Historic District (HPOZ) of Los Angeles at 1937 N. Wilton Place.
George S. Redfield Residence, Edward Klinkner, Builder 1913
George S. Redfield Residence, Edward Klinkner, Builder 1913
A story-and-a-half 10-room, 3-bedroom, 2-bath, 2495 sq/ft. Craftsman style residence designed for George S. Redfield in 1913 by Builder Edward Klinkner. The house is located in the Hartford Villa Foothill Tract, now designated the Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ), an historic neighborhood of approximately 139 Craftsman, Colonial, and Mediterranean style homes dates from the early 1900’s and one of Hollywood’s last intact turn-of- the-century neighborhoods. Located at 1972 N. Canyon Drve.
H.S. Funen Residence, J.F. Connor, Buillder 1913
H.S. Funen Residence, J.F. Connor, Buillder 1913
The two-story Craftsman style residence was the home of H. Funned, built by J. F. Connor in 1913. The house is located in the Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ), an historic neighborhood of approximately 139 Craftsman, Colonial, and Mediterranean style homes dates from the early 1900’s and one of Hollywood’s last intact turn-of- the-century neighborhoods. Located at 1963 N. Canyon Drive.
Hollywood Grove Tudor Craftsman House  c.1912
Hollywood Grove Tudor Craftsman House c.1912
A 5-bedroom, 2-bath, 2174 sq/ft. Tudor Craftsman style residence located in Hollywood Grove, Los Angeles' newest Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ). Located at 1911 N. Van Ness Avenue.
Jones House, Albert J. Bryan, Architect 1913
Jones House, Albert J. Bryan, Architect 1913
Architect Albert J. Bryan designed the two-story Dutch Colonial style residence for J. C. Jones and Francis V. Jones, owners of the McClellan Manufacturing Companyin 1913. The house is located in the Hartford Villa Foothill Tract, now designated the Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ), an historic neighborhood of approximately 139 Craftsman, Colonial, and Mediterranean style homes dates from the early 1900’s and one of Hollywood’s last intact turn-of- the-century neighborhoods. Located at 2009 N. Canyon Drive.
Mrs. L.S. Verbeck Residence c.1909
Mrs. L.S. Verbeck Residence c.1909
The two-story Craftsman style residence was the home of Mrs. L. S. Verbeck, a member of the Woman's Club Hollywood, in 1922 The house is located in the Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ), an historic neighborhood of approximately 139 Craftsman, Colonial, and Mediterranean style homes dates from the early 1900’s and one of Hollywood’s last intact turn-of- the-century neighborhoods. Located at 1916 N. Van Ness Avenue.
Mrs. Warren Murray Residence, Kukus & Jones, Builders 1912
Mrs. Warren Murray Residence, Kukus & Jones, Builders 1912
Described in the LFIA Survey as a "Four Square Bungalow", the house was built for Mrs. Warren Murray, The house is located in the Hartford Villa Foothill Tract, now designated the Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ), an historic neighborhood of approximately 139 Craftsman, Colonial, and Mediterranean style homes dates from the early 1900’s and one of Hollywood’s last intact turn-of- the-century neighborhoods. A 1925 real estate ad in the Los Angeles Times described the house, "Live in the city and still enjoy a country life at Bronholly Park, Canyon Drive, Hollywood. Only 20 minutes from the heart of the city. Beautiful Sycamore trees in a park. Every owner will have all the privileges of the park. All improvements are Being put in. Prices reasonable." Located at 2015 N. Canyon Drive.
R.E. Shine Residence, N.W. Fowler Architect 1916
R.E. Shine Residence, N.W. Fowler Architect 1916
A 9-room, 4-bedroom, 1-bath, 2224 sq/ft two-story Craftsman style house designed for R.E. Shine in 1916 by N.W. Fowler, Architect. The house is located in the Hartford Villa Foothill Tract, now designated the Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ), an historic neighborhood of approximately 139 Craftsman, Colonial, and Mediterranean style homes dates from the early 1900’s and one of Hollywood’s last intact turn-of- the-century neighborhoods. Located at 1970 N. Canyon Drive.
Van Ness Avenue Craftsman House c.1911
Van Ness Avenue Craftsman House c.1911
1911 vintage Craftsman style house located in the Hollywood Grove, Los Angeles' newest historic preservation overlay zone. Located at 1919 N. Van Ness Avenue.

Mid-Century Style

3789 Prestwick Drive c.1956
3789 Prestwick Drive c.1956
Classic Mid-Century Modern home, with a portion of the house dramatically cantilevered over the vast wilderness of Griffith Park. One of my favorite homes of the modern era, in the neighborhood I call home, Los Feliz!
4110 Los Nietos Drive c.1954
4110 Los Nietos Drive c.1954
The house last sold in 2006 for $1,455,000. Described in the listing, "Built on a flat double lot the Mid-Century home offers the best in traditional and contemporary design with art deco touches."
David Dellis Home, Jack Ouzounian, Architect 1956
David Dellis Home, Jack Ouzounian, Architect 1956
Architect Jack Ouzounian was a student of Gregory Ain at the University of Southern Califonia School of Architecture. He designed a post and beam house for Mr. and Mrs. David C. Dellis in Los Feliz in 1956. The architect also designed his own home in the Cheviot Hills (located at 2821 Dumfries Road) in 1960. Located at 3543 Holboro Drive.
Ben Margolis Residence, Gregory Ain, Architect 1951
Ben Margolis Residence, Gregory Ain, Architect 1951
The west end of Valley Oak Drive is a private street, closed to the public.  I had often what I might find if given the opportunity for a visit, so when an "open house" came this week I seized the opportunity.  The Margolis House, designed for civil rights attorney Ben Margolis in 1951 is on the market and priced at just under $2M.  The redone main house was originally designed by Gregory Ain has many of the architect's signature details intact, including open floor plan with seamless indoor-outdoor flow, clerestory windows, and a sliding glass wall.  Located at 5786 Valley Oak Drive in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Aberdeen Avenue Mid-Century House c. 1964
Aberdeen Avenue Mid-Century House c. 1964
I have passed this house dozens of times, admiring its beauty! When I learn more about it, I'll let you know. In the meantime, why hold back from sharing it with you? Located at 2503 Aberdeen Avenue in Los Feliz.
Albers Residence, Nomland & Nomland Architects 1955
Albers Residence, Nomland & Nomland Architects 1955
The Albers Residence, designed by Nomland & Nomland, Architects in 1965. The house has undergone an extensive restoration under the supervision of architect Mark Rios (2006), and is currenlty on the market for $1,395,000. Kemper Nomland Sr. and Kemper Nomland Jr. were a father-son architectural team; together they designed one of the Case Study Houses (711 San Rafael Avenue, Pasadena, in 1947). The elder Nomland studied architecture at Columbia University before practicing in New York, Seattle, and then Los Angeles. He worked for Albert C. Martin (1922), Marston Van Pelt & Maybury (1923–1925); Austin, and Martin & Parkinson (1926–1927); Kemper Nomland Jr. after 1928; and Hunt & Chambers from 1942-1944. Kemper Nomland Jr. (1919 - 2009) Kemper Nomland Jr. graduated with a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Southern California in 1941. He worked fro Albert C. Martin before joining his father. In 1950 he moved to Mt. Washington section of Los Angeles and designed his own three-story hillside home, and about a dozen other nearby homes. He also designed the Norwegian Seamen's Church, San Pedro and a house for actress Jane Russell. The Albers Residence is located at 3604 Lowry Road in Los Feliz.
Levin House, Rudolph M. Schindler, Architect 1925
Levin House, Rudolph M. Schindler, Architect 1925
Schindler remodeled an existing house for Hyman Levin in 1925, adding more rooms as the family grew. The house was restored by Stephanos Polyzoides in 1984. Original landscaping designed by Richard Neutra has matured to the extent that the house is barely visible from the street. Located at 2673 Dundee Place in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
McTernan House., David Hyun Architect 1960; DesignVidal (remodel) 2010
McTernan House., David Hyun Architect 1960; DesignVidal (remodel) 2010
Korean-born Architect David Hyun designed the house for John T. McTernan in 1960. The house is currently (2010) undergoing an extensive restoration under the direction of Karen Vidal (DesignVidal). Located at 2226 Wayne Avenue in Los Feliz.
Skolnik House, Rudolph M. Schindler, Architect 1951
Skolnik House, Rudolph M. Schindler, Architect 1951
Rudolph Schindler designed over 500 homes and buildings during a long career beginning with his own house in West Hollywood in 1922; the house for Samuel Skolnik was one of his last, completed in 1952. He died on August 22, 1953. The Skolnik House is located at 2567 Glendower Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Fischer House, John Lautner, Architect 1955
Fischer House, John Lautner, Architect 1955
Architect John Lautner colloborated with contractor Harry C. Fischer for the design of his personal residence located at 2487 Canyon Oak Drive.
Fischer House, John Lautner, Architect 1955
Fischer House, John Lautner, Architect 1955
Architect John Lautner colloborated with contractor Harry C. Fischer for the design of his personal residence located at 2487 Canyon Oak Drive.
Fischer House, John Lautner, Architect 1955
Fischer House, John Lautner, Architect 1955
Architect John Lautner colloborated with contractor Harry C. Fischer for the design of his personal residence located at 2487 Canyon Oak Drive.
Insley House, Edith Northman, Architect 1940; John Pugliese Remodel 2010
Insley House, Edith Northman, Architect 1940; John Pugliese Remodel 2010
Designed for Charles E. Insley by Architect Edith Nortman in 1940; currently the residence of Oscar E. Leidenfrost of Leidenfrost/Horowitz & Associates of Burbank. The house is currently in the process of being remodeled by next-door neighbor Designer John Pugliese. Located at 5714 Briarcliff Road.
Chew House, Eugene Kinn Choy AIA circa 1953
Chew House, Eugene Kinn Choy AIA circa 1953
Designed by Chinese-American architect Eugene Kinn Choy (who also designed the Cathay Bank building in Chinatown), the four-bedroom, five-and-a-half bath house featured original tiles, a saltwater pool, and a 700 square foot pool house with a wet bar. The 3,183 square foot property was previously sold in June 2006 for $1.655 million. The current (August 2010) owners are giving the home a dramatic facelift. Located at 3893 Franklin Avenue in the Franklin Hills
Schlesinger House, R.M. Schindler, Architect 1952
Schlesinger House, R.M. Schindler, Architect 1952
From his arrival in Los Angeles on December 3, 1920 until his death on August 22, 1953, Rudolph Schindler had worked on some 450 projects (some in conjunction with others) of which approximately one-fourth were built. The Schlesinger House, built for the family of Dr. Philip Schlesinger, a popular professor at nearby Los Angeles City College, was one of Schindler's last commissions. Built on a a hillside overlooking the famed Shakespeare Bridge, the house has been occupied by the Schlesinger family continuously since 1952. Located at 1901 Myra Avenue in Los Feliz.
Schrage House, Raphael Soriano, Architect, 1951
Schrage House, Raphael Soriano, Architect, 1951
Along with his contemporaries, Gregory Ain, John Lautner, Charles & Ray Eames and Harwell Hamilton Harris amongst others, Raphael Soriano was in important contributor to the 'Second Generation' of California Modernists. Having worked with both Richard Neutra and Rudolf Schindler, Soriano provides a link between the two. Both Craig Ellwood and Pierre Koenig worked for Soriano, and Frank Gehry claims to have been strongly influenced by his work. His first residential commission was the Lipetz House in Silver Lake in 1936, which created a sensation at the 1937 International Exhibition in Paris, winning the prestigious Prix de Rome and establishing his reputation. Construction on the home for David and Riva Schrage commenced in 1950, in the same time frame as the architect's Case Study House in the Pacific Palisades. The Schrage House is the only remaining Soriano-designed 1950s steel house that is close to its original condition and remains one of his finest. It is located at 2648 Commonwealth Avenue in Los Feliz. For more information about the work of this distinguished architect, the book 'Raphael Soriano' by Wolfgang Wagener, published by Phaedon Press makes for enjoyable reading.
Ernst House, Gregory Ain, Architect 1937
Ernst House, Gregory Ain, Architect 1937
Ernst House, Gregory Ain, Architect 1937. Located at 5670 Holly Oak Drive in the Los Feliz Oaks.

Deco + Streamline

5227 Linwood Drive Paul Burkhard 1957; Gary McMurty (Remodel) 1990s
5227 Linwood Drive Paul Burkhard 1957; Gary McMurty (Remodel) 1990s
The Streamline Moderne style residence was originally designed by Paul Burkhard in 1957 and redesigned by Gary McMurty in the 1990s. The house has many of the signature elements of the style, including porthole windows, glass block and curvilinear surfaces. Located at 5227 Linwood Drive.
Los Feliz Manor Apartments, Jack Grundfor, 1929
Los Feliz Manor Apartments, Jack Grundfor, 1929
Architectural historian Laura Massino Smith describes this building as a 'lovingly preserved apartment building with Mayan influences featuring turquoise-glazed terra cotta decoration, and filigree-like metal grillwork. Inside, Murphy beds pop out of the wall in very small studio apartments.' The Los Feliz Manor Apartment Building is located at 4643 Los Feliz Boulevard in Los Feliz. Incidentally, Laura Massino Smith has written great little guide books on Los Feliz and other Los Angeles neighborhoods AND conducts very interesting personal guided tours of Los Angeles architecture. For more information, visit Laura's website. (See link below). Website: www.arcitecturetoursla.com
Technabuild House, Alajajian Marcoosi Architects, 1990
Technabuild House, Alajajian Marcoosi Architects, 1990
Glendale based Alajajian Marcoosi Architects designed the Moderne house and the one next door for Technabuild in 1989. Located at 3815 Shannon Road in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. The firm is best known for the design of the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church in La Crescenta, California.
3825 Shannon Road c.1950
3825 Shannon Road c.1950
The Streamline Moderne house was purchased by Architects Michael Pinto and Juliette Bellocq in 2009 in a foreclosure sale. Both architects are associated with Osborn Architects in Glendale, California. Bellocq serves as Art Director and Associate Architect. She has also taught at the Southern California Institute of Architects (Sci-Arc).
3757-3765 Los Feliz Blvd. C.1941
3757-3765 Los Feliz Blvd. C.1941
Streamline Moderne style apartment complex located at 3757-3765 Los Feliz Blvd. The apartment complex to its immediate south is quite similar in style; it was designed for Edward B. Henng by the Bob Home Construction Company in the same year.
3617 Holboro Drive c.1991
3617 Holboro Drive c.1991
Stylish contemporary house with a strong sense of the art deco. I haven't been able to find out much about it...YET. Posting a photo is my usual first step; later I'll make a trek down to the records department at the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety to see if there is anything on file. Good design like this needs to be recognized!
Johnny Cochran Residence c.1971
Johnny Cochran Residence c.1971
The stylish residence of celebrity lawyer Johnnie Cochran, best known for his role in the defense and acquittal of O. J. Simpson for the alleged murder of his former wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. Cochran also represented Michael Jackson, rapper Tupac Shakur, actor Todd Bridges, football player Jim Brown, rapper Snoop Dogg, former heavyweight Champion Riddick Bowe, He also represented athlete Marion Jones when she faced charges of doping during her high school track career. Cochran was known for his skill in the courtroom and his prominence as an early advocate for victims of police brutality. Located at 2373 N. Hobart Blvd. in the Los Feliz Oaks.
Ben Brodsky Duplex, Carl Kay, Architect 1940
Ben Brodsky Duplex, Carl Kay, Architect 1940
Streamline Moderne style duplex designed by Architect Carl Kay for contractor Ben Brodsky in 1940. Located at 1941-1943 N. Mariposa Avenue in the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles.
Bethany Towers c.1933
Bethany Towers c.1933
Bethany Towers is an Art Deco style assisted living facility that originally operated as an exclusive residential hotel. Located at 1745 N. Gramercy Place in Los Angeles, California.
4623 Russell Avenue c.1988
4623 Russell Avenue c.1988
Porthole windows, curving balconies and planters give this 11-unit apartment building located in Los Feliz a distinctive Streamline Moderne flair.
"Whiting House" Lester G. Scherer, Architect 1930
"Whiting House" Lester G. Scherer, Architect 1930

Art Deco style Residence for Pioneer Building Merchant Perry Whiting designed by Architect Lester G. Scherer in 1930.  The house was featured in the film "The Natural" and the television features  "Children of the Night" and "With the Bullet" featuring Robert Carradine, and Joan Collins in a tequila advertisement. Eighty-nine doors in the house were salvaged from the old Jonathan Club. 

The architect designed many notable Los Angeles landmarks during his career, including the Todd Johnston House in Holmby HIlls, the Mediterranean style Meade House "La Casa de las Campanas" in Hancock Park,  and Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Boyle Heights.

The house is located at 5120 Linwood Drive in Laughlin Park, an exclusive gated community within the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles.


Kyle House, Milton J. Black, Architect 1936
Kyle House, Milton J. Black, Architect 1936
Architect Milton J. Black designed the house for R.C. Kyle in a "Regency Monterey" style; the influence of Black's trademark Streamline Moderne style is evident. Located at 2400 Chiselhurst Drive.
Ulm House, Milton Black (Architect) or William Kesling (Designer) 1937
Ulm House, Milton Black (Architect) or William Kesling (Designer) 1937
I suppose we'll never actually know for certain who designed the Ulm House: was it the distinguished architect Milton S. Black or the builder-designer William Kesling? Black and Kesling were both active in the neighborhood; Kesling completed the nearby Johnstone House, and Black, the Victor M. Carter Residence both in 1935. The original building permit does not list either the builder or architect; however the initials 'WPK' appear as a 'notation' according to Kesling biographer Patrick Pascal (ref. 'Kesling Modern Structures: Popularizing Modern Design in Southern California 1934-1962'). On the other hand, the eminent architectural historian Robert Winter attributes the design to Milton Black in his seminal book 'An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles'. Perhaps there will be a revelation of the truth one day; but for the moment, the Ulm House stands out as a beautiful example of the moderne/art deco that made both Black and Kesling synonymous with the style. The Ulm House is located at 3606 Amesbury Road in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Victor M. Carter Residence, Milton J. Black, Architect 1935; Esta Sullivan (Renovation)
Victor M. Carter Residence, Milton J. Black, Architect 1935; Esta Sullivan (Renovation)
A gem of the Streamline Moderne style, I initially thought this home might have been the work of William Kesling, who designed the Johnstone House on nearby Lowry Road in the same year. Built next door to Rudolf Schindler's Elliott House, the home relishes in the aerodynamic details of the style, including art deco lighting, copper edging along the roofline and in the details, and a porthole window in the front door. On meeting the current owner, I was delighted to be introduced to architect Milton J. Black, another master of the style. Black had a distinguished career building significant apartment buildings in Los Angeles in the 1930's. The house is located at 4241 Newdale Drive in Los Feliz. Like his contemporary, Paul R. Williams, Black was not so much beholden to a particular architectural style, rather he was a good businessman in first considering the wishes of his client. Black's contribution include both his signature Streamline Moderne style as well as some noteworthy Spanish Revival examples. Signtificant art deco buildings designed by Black in Los Angeles include the Mauretania; a ten-unit apartment building shaped like an ocean liner (located at 520-522 N. Rossmore Avenue in Larchmont Village, the complex was built for actor Jack Haley, the Tin Man in the 'Wizard of Oz'. Haley lived in the complex's extensive penthouse for 20 years with his wife, Flo). Black also designed a 4-plex located at the corner of 9th Street and Hobart Blvd. near MacArthur Park; and another apartment building at 462 S. Cochran Avenue in the Wilshire district. The Cernitz House in Pacific Palisades (located at 601 Amalfi Drive in the Pacific Palisades) is also one of Black's moderne designs, built in 1938, as are the Westwood-Ambassador Apartments, located at 10427 Wilshire Blvd., completed in 1940. Noteworthy Spanish Revival properties designed by Black include El Cadiz, located in Hollywood at 1731 Sycamore Avenue completed in 1936 and the apartment building at 654 S. Burnside Avenue, which was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1989 No. 426. He is also credited with the programmatic design of the Tail of the Pup hot dog stand at 329 N. San Vicente Blvd., declared a cultural landmark in 1987.
Victor M. Carter Residence, Milton J. Black, Architect 1935, Esta Sullivan (Restoration 1980-1996)
Victor M. Carter Residence, Milton J. Black, Architect 1935, Esta Sullivan (Restoration 1980-1996)
Architect Milton Black would be proud of Esta Sullivan for her vision and perserverance in restoring the Carter Residence in Los Feliz. The Sullivans invested eighteen years in the process. Purchasing the home in 1978, they began renovating in earnest after the ceiling came down during a rainstorm two years later. During the first two years the couple reroofed the house twice, removed crystal chandeliers, bobeche-draped wall lights, silver/orange-flocked wallpaper and scraped-up orange, green and yellow arabesque patterned linoleum and re-painted the interiors. They dug up the concrete basketball court that was their backyard and planted a garden. During the next sixteen years, Esta Sullivan, an accomplished interior designer, began her non-stop search for deco fixtures and furniture. 'I looked for tile in dingy little shops off the beaten track that carried discontinued or leftover tile, I even found some Catalina tile, pretty rare these days, in pristine conditon dating from the thirties', she said, 'Everywhere I went I asked where I could find other things I was looking for.' She eventually found the things she needed, 'not quite the exact color or size, but the difference was undetectable'.. She found treasures in second-hand stores and junk shops in places like Eagle Rock, Compton and Long Beach. Today, the Victor M. Carter Residence is a shining example of the Streamline Moderne Style, a testament to the architect who designed it originally, and the imagination and fortitude of the woman who rescued it. The Victor M. Carter Residence is located at 4241 Newdale Drive in Los Feliz.
Johnstone House, William Kesling, 1935
Johnstone House, William Kesling, 1935
One of Kesling's earliest commissions and one of his best. The home was built right after the success of his 'Model Home' in Silver Lake, which established the young architect-builder as a force in the Modernist Movement. It must have appeared on the outer edge of the avante-garde in the affluent Los Feliz of the time, when elegant homes of Spanish, Mediterranean and English Tudor design were most preferred. Resistance to this new 'machine' architecture was high; it took the speculators almost two years to sell the house after its completion. The Johnstone House is located in Los Feliz on Lowry Road just north of Los Feliz Boulevard on the west side of the street. For more information on William Kesling, be sure and read the fascinating book, 'Kesling Modern Structures: Popularizing Modern Design in Southern California: 1934-1962' by Patrick Pascal (with Photographs by Julius Shulman and David Sadofski, Balcony Press, 2002). Be sure and read the interesting articles on Kesling homes in Silver Lake described on our webpage 'The Architecture of Silver Lake' (go back to the MENU on the left).
Streamline Moderne House, 5501 Tuxedo Terrace c.1963
Streamline Moderne House, 5501 Tuxedo Terrace c.1963
A neighbor advised me, "The original house didn't look like this; it was originally a typical ranch style house." A subsequent owner transformed it into the elegant Streamline Moderne style house we see today, very much like a William Kesling or Milton Black original. Located at 5051 Tuxedo Terrace.
Los Feliz Manor, Jack Grandfor, Architect 1929
Los Feliz Manor, Jack Grandfor, Architect 1929
Lovely art deco with a touch of the Mayan, perhaps as a result of the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright's spectacular "Ennis House", built five years earlier, a few short blocks away. The turquoise-green terra cotta block trim makes for a dramatic statement. Located at 4643 Los Feliz Blvd.
Carnavon Way Streamline Moderne House
Carnavon Way Streamline Moderne House
I haven't been able to find any details about this fascinating home, located just a few blocks away from my home. It is not listed in the Los Feliz Improvement Association Historical Survey nor are there records of a sale in the Multiple Listing Service. Nevertheless, I am pleased to publish the photo for the time being and will update you as I have more information. The building has a wonderful Streamline Moderne vibe, with its rounded towers, curving staircase and glass block entrance. Located at 3834 Carnavon Way.
Fenton House, Leo F. Bachman, Architect.1938
Fenton House, Leo F. Bachman, Architect.1938

The Fenton House is a fine example of the Streamline Moderne style, designed by Leo F. Bachman for Leo Fenton in 1938. Note the glass block detailing on the left, the matching vertical windows, and the large circlular balcony atop the living room bay window on the right. Lush foliage partially hides the details.

The Fenton House is located at 3527 Holboro Drive in Los Feliz.


Apartment Building, 3747-3755 Los Feliz Blvd., Architect Unknown c.1941
Apartment Building, 3747-3755 Los Feliz Blvd., Architect Unknown c.1941
Los Feliz Boulevard is the main west-east thoroughfare connecting Glendale to Los Angeles. When my family moved from Portland, Oregon to Glendale in the late 50's, our first home was a motel on Riverside Drive near the Mulholland Fountain. My dad used to take the family on trips "down the boulevard", where we would marvel at the glamous homes with their big front lawns and wonder who might the famous occupants be. On the lower stretch of the boulevard, between Riverside Drive and Commonwealth Avenue, the boulevard is dominated by mid-size apartment buidings, such as this Streamline style complex designed by an unknown architect in 1941. Furthur west, there are more large, single family homes.
Haigh House, Wesley Eager, Architect 1935
Haigh House, Wesley Eager, Architect 1935
Haigh House is a fine example of the Streamline Moderne Style that flourished in Los Angeles in the 1930s. Signature elements of the design include the generous use of glass block, curving walls and matching contours such as railings. The Haigh House is actually a duplex that has been cleverly designed to look very much like a single family residence. The Haigh House is located at 4004-4006 Franklin Avenue adjacent to the famed Shakespeare Bridge.
Arthur W. Hawes, Architect 1937 for Beacon Realty Company
Arthur W. Hawes, Architect 1937 for Beacon Realty Company
Architect Arthur W. Hawes designed the Streamline Moderne style house for the Beacon Realty Company in 1937. Located at 2514 N. Canyon Drive.
The Valentino Apartments, 1659 Lyman Place
The Valentino Apartments, 1659 Lyman Place
The Valentino Apartments, 1659 Lyman Place
The Fairbanks Apartments, 1660 Lyman Place
The Fairbanks Apartments, 1660 Lyman Place

The Bogart Apartments, 1600 block of Lymon Place
The Bogart Apartments, 1600 block of Lymon Place
The Bogart Apartments
The Cagney Apartments, 1604 Lyman Place
The Cagney Apartments, 1604 Lyman Place
The Cagney, 1604 Lyman Place
The Fairbanks Apartments, 1652 Lyman Place
The Fairbanks Apartments, 1652 Lyman Place
The Fairbanks, 1652 Lyman Place
The Fairbanks, 1660 Lyman Place 3.jpg
The Fairbanks, 1660 Lyman Place 3.jpg
The Fairbanks, 1660 Lyman Place 3.jpg 2009-10-17
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The Munroe.jpg
The Munroe.jpg 2009-10-17
The Valentino, 1659 Lyman Place.jpg
The Valentino, 1659 Lyman Place.jpg
The Valentino, 1659 Lyman Place.jpg 2009-10-17
The Valentino, 1659 Lyman Place 2.jpg
The Valentino, 1659 Lyman Place 2.jpg
The Valentino, 1659 Lyman Place 2.jpg 2009-10-17
Apartment Building, H. William Green Architect 1941
Apartment Building, H. William Green Architect 1941
Details. Colonial Streamline Apartment Building in Los Feliz, designed by. H. William Green Architect in 1941.  Located at 3741-3745 Los Feliz Boulevard.
3741-3745 Los Feliz Boulevard, H. William Green, Architect 1941
3741-3745 Los Feliz Boulevard, H. William Green, Architect 1941
3741-3745 Los Feliz Boulevard, H. William Green, Architect 1941.  The two-story edifice is described as "Colonial Streamline" style.
Apartment Building, 3741 Los Feliz Blvd., H. William Green Architect 1941
Apartment Building, 3741 Los Feliz Blvd., H. William Green Architect 1941
Apartment Building, 3741 Los Feliz Blvd., H. William Green Architect 1941
2100 N. Vermont Avenue Apartment Building
2100 N. Vermont Avenue Apartment Building
A Moderne style apartment complex designed in a Moderne style, located in the 2100 block of North Vermont Avenue (corner of Mariposa). c.1941

Colonial, Neo-Classical, and Greek Revival Styles

George Feegenbaum Residence, H. William Grenne, Architect 1941
George Feegenbaum Residence, H. William Grenne, Architect 1941

Architect H. William Grenne designed the Monterey style house for building contractor George Feegenbaum in 1941.  Located at 5015 Los Feliz Boulevard.


Herman L. Berck Residence, Louis Selden, Architect 1940
Herman L. Berck Residence, Louis Selden, Architect 1940
Architect Louis Selden designed the Colonial Revival style house for Herman L. Berck in 1940. The house is located at 3345 Lowry Road.
Nora E. Scott Residence, M.H. Howard, Builder 1926
Nora E. Scott Residence, M.H. Howard, Builder 1926
Development in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles rapidly increased in the 1920s; a rich variety of architectural styles appearing simultaneously, including many represetative of the Colonial Revival stlyle. The house contractor designed for Nora E. Scott at 2445 N. Commonwealth Avenue is a good example. In the 1950s, Mrs. Wilburn (Kay) Fessenden was the owner of the house; she was a member of the Los Feliz Woman's Club and later served on the Hospitality Commitee of the Los Feliz Improvement Association.
Paul H. Moore Residence, Raymond W. Spier, Builder 1938
Paul H. Moore Residence, Raymond W. Spier, Builder 1938
The Colonial Revival style residence was the residence of Dr. Paul H. Moore, MD, Chief of Staff, Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital 1944-1946. Located at 4010 Cromwell Avenue.
Emil Ziehl Residence, Allen Ruoff, Architect 1935
Emil Ziehl Residence, Allen Ruoff, Architect 1935
Late Colonial style residence designed for Emil Ziehl by Architect Allen Ruoff in 1935. Located at 3569 Griffith Park Blvd.
James R. Toberman House. c.1907.jpg
James R. Toberman House. c.1907.jpg
Architectural historican Laura Massino Smith describes the style of the house as "Greek Revival-Victorian characterized ty the triangular pediment, columns with scrolled capitals and dentil molding". It was the home of James R. Toberman, uncle of Charles Toberman, former Los Angeles Mayor and real estate developer. Located at 1749 N. Harvard Drive in Los Angeles.
Sam Sharpe Residence c.1935
Sam Sharpe Residence c.1935
Contractor Sam Sharpe built the late Colonial Revival style house for himself in 1935. His house is located at 3333 Lowry Road.
McCart House, Bertram Teitelbaum, Architect 1929
McCart House, Bertram Teitelbaum, Architect 1929
Architect Bertram Teitelbaum designed the Monterey Colonial Revival style house for bonds saleman John McCart in 1929. The house is located at 3627 Holboro Drive.
Elmer Niemoeller Residence, P.H. Schabarum, Architect 1939
Elmer Niemoeller Residence, P.H. Schabarum, Architect 1939
Colonial Revival style residence designed for Elmer Niemoeller by P.H. Schabarum, Architect 1939. Located at 3520 Holboro Drive.
1829 North Kenmore Avenue c.1914
1829 North Kenmore Avenue c.1914
Colonial Revival residence c.1914. The formal, columned porch, eyebrow arch in the roof line and symmetrical composition add a sense of great dignity. Located at 1829 N. Kenmore Avenue.
Roger G. Savaya Residence, W. Sidney Orive, Architect 1948
Roger G. Savaya Residence, W. Sidney Orive, Architect 1948
Colonial Revival style residence designed for Roger G. Savaya by W. Sidney Orive in 1948. Located at 3557 Griffith Park Blvd.
Lillian Off Cawest Residence c.1932
Lillian Off Cawest Residence c.1932
The Monterey Colonial style residence was designed in 1932 for Lillian Off Cawest. Located at 3535 Griffith Park Blvd.
O.H. Prising House c.1933
O.H. Prising House c.1933
Colonial Revival style house located at 3701 Amesbury Road.
Frank Tesla Residence c.1940
Frank Tesla Residence c.1940
Colonial Revival style house located at 1980 Alexandria Avenue.
Clara Jacobson Duplex, Train F. Williams, Architect 1922
Clara Jacobson Duplex, Train F. Williams, Architect 1922
Architect Train F. Williams designed the Colonial Revival style duplex for investor Clara Jacobson in 1922. According to the 1930 census, one of the units rented for the grand sum of $50 per month! Located at 1928 Mariposa Avenue.
E,M. Hitton Residence, John G. Kinney, Builder 1922
E,M. Hitton Residence, John G. Kinney, Builder 1922
Colonial Revival style duplex built for E.M. Hitton as an investment property by John G. Kinney in 1922. Located at 2033 N. Hobart Boulevard.
Royce H. Heath Residence, Royce Heath, Builder 1922
Royce H. Heath Residence, Royce Heath, Builder 1922
Contractor Royce Heath designed and built the Colonial Revival style residence for himself in 1922. Located at 1939 N. Hobart Boulevard
Carl Grover Residence, Roberl L Byrd, Architect 1948
Carl Grover Residence, Roberl L Byrd, Architect 1948
Architect Robert Byrd designed the Cape Cod style house for Carl Grover in 1948. The architect designed dozens of homes in Los Angeles during three decades beginning in the 1920s. He collaborated with is son Gary in the latter part of his career. He was known for his modern "indoor–outdoor" style – along with his use of bird houses embedded in the actual structure. Other notable designs by the architect include 10050 Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon (1944); scene of the Sharon Tate murder; the Robert Taylor Ranch in Brentwood; the "The Tree House" in Laurel Canyon, the Rock'n'roll tree house of Frank Zappa and a cottage at 2274 Ben Lomond Drive in Los Feliz. Located at 4053 Cromwell Avenue.
2006 N. Kenmore Avenue, Paul M. Baer & Son Builders c.1939
2006 N. Kenmore Avenue, Paul M. Baer & Son Builders c.1939
The Georgian Revival home was built by contractor Paul M. Baer & Son in about 1939. No architect was listed on the building permit. Located at 2006 N. Kenmore Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Holmes Apartments, Harold Spielman, Architect c.1937
Holmes Apartments, Harold Spielman, Architect c.1937
Architect Harold Spielman designed the Monterey style triplex for investor Helen Holmes in about 1937. The balcony with the lacy ironwork is reminiscent of the homes found in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Located at 1967 N. Kenmore Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Warner Triplex, H.J. Knauer, Architect 1938
Warner Triplex, H.J. Knauer, Architect 1938
Owner B.F. Warner had Architect H.J. Knauer design the Colonial Revival style apartments in about 1938. The architect was active in the area; he also designed the French Normandy style apartment complex located at 4124-4128 Los Feliz Boulevard in 1941. Located at 1957-1961 N. Kenmore Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Bernstein Apartments, Chester Rootl, Architect c.1940
Bernstein Apartments, Chester Rootl, Architect c.1940
Architect Chester Rootl designed the Colonial Streamline style fourplex for E. and Ester Bernstein c.1940. Located at 1930-1936 N. Kenmore Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
M.L. Tanbar Residence, Walker & Eisen, Architects 1938
M.L. Tanbar Residence, Walker & Eisen, Architects 1938
American Colonial Revival style house designed for M.L. Tanbor by Architects Walker and Eisen in 1938. Located at 3503 Griffith Park Blvd. in the Los Feliz Neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Dr. Anthony Ariana Residence, c.1948
Dr. Anthony Ariana Residence, c.1948
Eclectic style house with Colonial, Moderne and Spanish influences. Although no bulding permit was readily available, the house was the residence of Dr. Anthony Ariana in 1960. Located at 1968 Cummings Drive in Laughlin Park, an exclusive gated community within the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles.
McCracken House, Marshall P. Wilkinson, Architect 1923
McCracken House, Marshall P. Wilkinson, Architect 1923
Colonial Revival style house designed by Architect Marshall Willkinson in 1944 for Henry and Mary McCracken in 1924. Wilkinson had a distinguished career; his notable achievements include the El Encanto Apartments in Palm Springs, CA; the Ivey de Verley House (1921); a guest house in Santa Monica for Bullock's Wishire Founder P.G. Winnett (1928); a home in Hollywood for actress Lotte Williams, and a house in Los Feliz for actor Alan Ladd (1928, 4961 Cromwell Avenue). The McCracken House is located at 5130 Los Feliz Boulevard in Los Angeles.
Guild House, Arthur R. Kelley, Architect 1923
Guild House, Arthur R. Kelley, Architect 1923

Architect Arthur R. Kelley, Architect designed the house for Herbert H. Guild, a bond broker and his family in 1923.  The house came on the market recently (April 2011) and is listed for sale for $1,499,000. 

Arthur Kelly designed approximately five hundred homes and other buildings mostly in Los Angeles. He began his career with the Greene and Greene firm; moving to his own practice after a few years.  His designs include the William S. Hart Ranch in Newhall and the Arthur Letts, Jr. Estate in Holmby Hills (now known as The Playboy Mansion), Beverly Hills estates for J. Crampton Anderson, John Blystone, Richard Dix, Johnny Mack Brown, and many others. He also was principal architect for the Westlake School for Girls (Harvard-Westlake School) and the Wilshire Country Club. Located at 5017 Ambrose Avenue.


Horace Bashor Residence, Wilkinson & Crosby, Architects 1937; Barton Phelps, Rem
Horace Bashor Residence, Wilkinson & Crosby, Architects 1937; Barton Phelps, Rem
Architects Wilkinson & Crosby designed the Colonial Revival Style residence for D. Horace A. Bashor in 1937. Dr. Bashor was active in the Los Feliz Improvement Association, and served as Director in 1941. The house was purchased by the owners of the Los Feliz Inn (later Pierre's Los Feliz Inn) Kathleen and C.E. Erickson in the 1960's. In the eighties, the house was purchased by author/historian/journalist Diane Kanner. Located at 2355 HIllhurst Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Julia Faye House, H.P. Siberell, Builder 1922
Julia Faye House, H.P. Siberell, Builder 1922
Originally built for Mable F.Farrell by contractor H.P. Siberell in 1922, the Georgian Colonial estate was the home of silent screen star Julia Faye, Cecil B. DeMille's mistress; some say DeMille owned the home and provided it for her to live in. Faye appeared in more DeMille movies than any other actress. including many of his silents and in every one of his movies beginning with "Union Pacific" in 1939. DeMille kept her employed in bit parts long after her career (and their relationship) was over, including his most famous film, The Ten Commandments (1956). The home was last sold in 2008 for $2,625,000 to Rowan Mehail Trollope Senior Vice President and General Manager of Symantec.Cloud at Symantec Corporation. The house is located at 2338 Observatory Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Wedgewood House, Frank L. Meline, Architect 1917
Wedgewood House, Frank L. Meline, Architect 1917
Architectural Historian Laura Massino Smith affectionally refers to the Graham House as the 'Wedgewood House' inasmuch as it looks like a piece of fine Wedgewood China. Th blue-and-white house is an interesting combination of styles with a Spanish terra cotta tile roof and Neo-Classical columns and sculpture. Meline also designed the original Romanesque Revival style Fox Theater in Hollywood (1918) and the Windsor Estate (1918) in Windsor Square, former home of actor John Barrymore and opera singer Lawrence Tibbitt. The house is just a few doors away from Lloyd Wright's fabled Sowden House at 5137 Franklin Avenue.
Stratmere House, Sam Melgard, Builder 1941
Stratmere House, Sam Melgard, Builder 1941
Contractor-built late Colonial style house designed for E. Stratmere in 1941. The house last sold in 2001 for $1,850,000; the listing described the house as a "magnificent walled and gated home in prime Los Feliz with the quality, attention to detail and refined taste you'd expect to find in the 1930's from (Architect) Paul Williams". Located at 2245 N. Berendo Street.
Hamilton House, C.J. Sexton, Architect 1955
Hamilton House, C.J. Sexton, Architect 1955
I haven't been able to find many details about the "pink lady" Colonial Revival style house situated right around the corner from me (at 3439 Griffith Park Blvd) in Los Feliz. Designed for M.C. Hamilton in 1955, there's no guessing the current owner's favorite color; in springtime and summer the garden is all abloom in a riot of pink flowers.
Dr. Henry Marcus Young House, Architect Unknown 1922-1931
Dr. Henry Marcus Young House, Architect Unknown 1922-1931
Colonial style mansion designed by an unknown architect for Dr. Henry Marcus Young between 1922 and 1931. Located at 3257 Waverly Drive in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles
Barney Morris Residence, M. C. Drebin, Architect 1941
Barney Morris Residence, M. C. Drebin, Architect 1941
Late Colonial Style residence designed by Architect M.C. Drebin in 1841. Located at 4944 Finley Avenue.
Fine House, Wendell W. Karren, architect. 1937
Fine House, Wendell W. Karren, architect. 1937
Architect Wendell W. Karren designed the Regency Colonial style residence for Sylvia Rose Fine in 1937. Located at 2300 N. Vermont Avenue.
De Armond House, Arthur W. Hawes, Architect 1939
De Armond House, Arthur W. Hawes, Architect 1939
The architect designed the 2-story Colonial style residence for Lucine E. De Armond in 1939. Located at 4610 Gainsborough Avenue.
Royce H. Heath Residence, Royce C. Heath, Owner-Builder 1922
Royce H. Heath Residence, Royce C. Heath, Owner-Builder 1922
Contractor Royce C. Heath designed and built this handsome Colonial Revival Style house for himself in 1922. Located at 1939 N. Hobart Blvd.
Ganulin House, Walter C. King, architect 1939
Ganulin House, Walter C. King, architect 1939
Designed by Architect Walter C. King for Herman Ganulin in 1939.
Webster House, W.H. Hudson, Architect 1922
Webster House, W.H. Hudson, Architect 1922

Architect W.H. Hudson designed the house for Edward F. Webster in 1922.  Located at 4947 Ambrose Avenue. 


Ray Frank House, Lee M. Bouee, Builder 1922
Ray Frank House, Lee M. Bouee, Builder 1922

Lee Bouee built this Cape Cod style house for Ray Frank, a pharmacist and his family in 1922.  Located at 5035 Ambrose Avenue.


James R. Toberman House, 1749 N. Harvard Drive c. 1907
James R. Toberman House, 1749 N. Harvard Drive c. 1907
Designed in the Greek Revival style by an unknown architect for Los Angeles Mayor James R. James Robert Toberman (1836-1911). Toberman served two non-consecutive terms, first between 1872 and 1874 and again from 1878 to 1882.
Joseph Adelman Residence, Oscar Kalish, Builder  1940
Joseph Adelman Residence, Oscar Kalish, Builder 1940
Late Colonial Style, designed by Builder Oscar Kalish in 1940 for Joseph Adelman.  Located at 3422 Amesbury Rd.
E. M. Hitton Residence, John G. Kinney, Builder 1923
E. M. Hitton Residence, John G. Kinney, Builder 1923
Colonial Craftsman Style Duplex built for E. M. Hitton in 1923 by contractor John G. Kinney. Located at 2033 N. Hobart Boulevard

Shapoory House, Amir Farr 1972

Shapoory House, Amir Farr 1972
Shapoory House, Amir Farr 1972

Shapoory House, Amir Farr 1972
Shapoory House, Amir Farr 1972

Shapoory House, Amir Farr 1972
Shapoory House, Amir Farr 1972

Shapoory House, Amir Farr 1972
Shapoory House, Amir Farr 1972

Shapoory House, Amir Farr 1972
Shapoory House, Amir Farr 1972

Shapoory House, Amir Farr 1972
Shapoory House, Amir Farr 1972

Shapoory House, Amir Farr 1972
Shapoory House, Amir Farr 1972

Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-

Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-
Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-
Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-
Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-
Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-
Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-
Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-
Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-
Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-
Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-
Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-
Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-
Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-
Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-
Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-
Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-
Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-
Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-
Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-
Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-
Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-
Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-
Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-
Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-
Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-
Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-
Leiberman House, Glen Howard Small, AIA c.1989 + Anthony Eckelberry 1995-

3rd Annual Los Feliz Block Party

Ellen-Rachell Caldwell, Karin & Dana Vitatoe,Marina Completo 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Ellen-Rachell Caldwell, Karin & Dana Vitatoe,Marina Completo 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Ellen-Rachell Caldwell, Karin & Dana Vitatoe,Marina Completo 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Congressman Adam Schiff, Donna Locke, Michael Locke & Patrick Boland, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Congressman Adam Schiff, Donna Locke, Michael Locke & Patrick Boland, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Congressman Adam Schiff, Donna Locke, Michael Locke & Patrick Boland, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Conrad Agnone, Donna Locke, Michael Locke  & Barry Thomas, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Conrad Agnone, Donna Locke, Michael Locke & Barry Thomas, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Conrad Agnone, Donna Locke, Michael Locke & Barry Thomas, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Conrad Angone, Michael Locke, Miguel Cuevas & Ed Stokes, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Conrad Angone, Michael Locke, Miguel Cuevas & Ed Stokes, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Conrad Angone, Michael Locke, Miguel Cuevas & Ed Stokes, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Dana & Karin Vitatoe and Loealll Pooler, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Dana & Karin Vitatoe and Loealll Pooler, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Dana & Karin Vitatoe and Loealll Pooler, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Donald Colhour & Ricardo Rowe, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Donald Colhour & Ricardo Rowe, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Donald Colhour & Ricardo Rowe, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Donna Locke & Chef Woodie, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Donna Locke & Chef Woodie, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Donna Locke & Chef Woodie, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Donna Locke & Maggie, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Donna Locke & Maggie, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Donna Locke & Maggie, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Dr. Ed Stokes 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Dr. Ed Stokes 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Dr. Ed Stokes 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Elizabeth Bray with Madeline, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Elizabeth Bray with Madeline, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Elizabeth Bray with Madeline, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Ellen-Rachell Caldwell, Karin & Dana Vitatoe,Marina Completo 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Ellen-Rachell Caldwell, Karin & Dana Vitatoe,Marina Completo 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Ellen-Rachell Caldwell, Karin & Dana Vitatoe,Marina Completo 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Ellen-Rachell Caldwelll, Loreall Pooler, Donna and Michael Locke and Eric Menjivar
Ellen-Rachell Caldwelll, Loreall Pooler, Donna and Michael Locke and Eric Menjivar
Eric Menjivar presents a "Certificate of Recognition" from Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore Mike Gatto, 43rd Assembly District to Michael and Donna Locke congratulating them on the 2012 Los Feliz Block Party.  Also pictured are Ellen-Rachell Caldwell and Loreall Pooler.
Emily & Jenny and Donna Locke, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Emily & Jenny and Donna Locke, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Emily & Jenny and Donna Locke, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Emily Bills, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Emily Bills, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Emily Bills, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Tom Misuraca & Ervin Fang & Tom, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Tom Misuraca & Ervin Fang & Tom, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Tom Misuraca & Ervin Fang & Tom, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Gloria & Dan Blackburn, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Gloria & Dan Blackburn, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Gloria & Dan Blackburn, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
John & Cathryne Macievic, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
John & Cathryne Macievic, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
John & Cathryne Macievic, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
John & Cathyrne Macievic & Adam Schiff, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
John & Cathyrne Macievic & Adam Schiff, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
John & Cathyrne Macievic & Adam Schiff, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
John Macievic & Lalo Kikiriki, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
John Macievic & Lalo Kikiriki, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
John Macievic & Lalo Kikiriki, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
John Macievic & Michael Locke 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
John Macievic & Michael Locke 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
John Macievic & Michael Locke 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Judy & Irv Borstein 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Judy & Irv Borstein 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Judy & Irv Borstein 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Ellen-Rachell Caldwell, Karin & Dana Vitatoe and friends,, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Ellen-Rachell Caldwell, Karin & Dana Vitatoe and friends,, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party

Kevin Flynn, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Kevin Flynn, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Kevin Flynn, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Mark Hickman & Woodie's partner, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Mark Hickman & Woodie's partner, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Mark Hickman & Woodie's partner, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Metro Gym 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Metro Gym 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Metro Gym 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Michael Locke, Lis & Harvey, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Michael Locke, Lis & Harvey, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Michael Locke with Lis (visiting from Reno) & new neighbor Harvey at the 2012 Los Feliz Block Party.
Miles & Zach, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Miles & Zach, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Miles & Zach, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Neil Fitzpatrick & Sean Briski, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Neil Fitzpatrick & Sean Briski, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Neil Fitzpatrick & Sean Briski, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Neil Fitzpatrick & Sean Briski, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Neil Fitzpatrick & Sean Briski, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Neil Fitzpatrick & Sean Briski, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Oscar & Nyla Arslenian, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Oscar & Nyla Arslenian, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Oscar & Nyla Arslenian, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Postons & Lockes, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Postons & Lockes, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Rob & Jenny Poston with their infant daughter Emily with Michael & Donna Locke, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Qiao Li & Patric Boland & Michael Locke, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Qiao Li & Patric Boland & Michael Locke, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Congressional Aides Qiao Li & Patric Boland with Michael Locke, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Qiao Li & Patric Boland, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Qiao Li & Patric Boland, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Congressional Aides Qiao Li & Patric Boland, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Qiao Li & Yvonne Liu, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Qiao Li & Yvonne Liu, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Qiao Li & Yvonne Liu, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Rally & Vilma Molina and Conrad Angone, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Rally & Vilma Molina and Conrad Angone, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Ley Drive residents Rally & Vilma Molina and Conrad Angone, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Rebecca Flores, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Rebecca Flores, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Rebecca Flores with Brisas Band, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Brisas, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Brisas, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Rick Flores of Brisas, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Rob Menz & Brooke Adams, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Rob Menz & Brooke Adams, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Rob Menz & Brooke Adams, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Rob Poston & Emily, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Rob Poston & Emily, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Rob Poston & Emily, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Rob Poston & family, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Rob Poston & family, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Rob Poston & family, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Tomas O'Grady, Gayle Kirschbaum & Friends
Tomas O'Grady, Gayle Kirschbaum & Friends
Tomas O'Grady, Gayle Kirschbaum & friends, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Woodie Wade, Chef Extraordinaire
Woodie Wade, Chef Extraordinaire
Woodie Wade, Chef Extraordinaire of Woodie's Kitchen, prepares his famous burger bites and brownies at the 3rd Annual Los Feliz Block Party.
Yvonne & Roy Liu, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Yvonne & Roy Liu, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Yvonne & Roy Liu, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party

3rd Annual Los Feliz Block Party

2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Alejandro, Miguel Cuevas, J.P., Barry & George Pao share a moment at the 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Tom Misuraca & Ervin Fang @ the 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Our "old" neighbors from Silver Lake (they now live in a John Parkinson-designed house in West Adams) Rob Poston and Jenny with their new baby Emily graced the 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party Congratulations from Assemblymember Mike Gatto
2012 Los Feliz Block Party Congratulations from Assemblymember Mike Gatto
Eric Menjivar, aide to our Assembly Member Mike Gatto, presented Donna and me with a beautiful congratulatory Certificate of Appreciation for hosting the 3rd Annual Los Feliz Block Party. Also in the photo are our neighbors, Ellen-Rachell Caldwell & Loreall Pooler
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Lis, Sophie Isberg & Harvey @ the 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party

2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
I had the pleasure of introducing Barry Milofsy (M2A Architects) to a few of my other architect-friends, John Southern and Architecture Historian Emily Bills (and their new baby) at the 2012 Los Feliz Block Party. Barry was the lead architect on the new Silver Lake Library as well as many other important works in the Los Angeles area. John is in the process of designing a Silver Lake home for one of my clients and Emily is the Director of the Julius Shulman Institute at Woodbury University.
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Christoff Van Kooning & Allesandro Zezza engage Congressman Adam Schiff in a discussion at the 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Gayle Kirschbaum & Ricardo Rowe with Michael Locke @ the 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Rose Rossi & Christoff Van Kooning catch up with old friend Allesandro Zezza at the 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Our Congressman Adam Schiff was a surprise guest at the 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
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2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party

2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Amanda Fairey, Danielle, Brent & Miles @ the 3rd Annual Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Michael Locke greets Charise, Elaine & Conrad Angone at the 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Donna Locke shares a moment with Poet Jennifer Palmer Lacy ((Lalo Kikiriki) at the 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Woodie Wade of Woodie's Kitchen @ the 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Woodie Wade of Woodie's Kitchen @ the 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Woodie Wade of Woodie's Kitchen @ the 3rd Annual Los Feliz Block Party
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2012 Los Feliz Block Party

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2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Brisas Band, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Brisas Band, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Maggie, the newest addition to our family, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Father and son, Brent & Morris at the 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Father and son, Brent & Morris at the 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Alejandro, Miguel Cuevas, J.P., Barry & George Pao, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party (
Alejandro, Miguel Cuevas, J.P., Barry & George Pao, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party (
Alejandro, Miguel Cuevas, J.P., Barry & George Pao, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Amanda Fairey, Adam Schiff and Laura Quinn, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Amanda Fairey, Adam Schiff and Laura Quinn, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Amanda Fairey, Adam Schiff and Laura Quinn, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Andy Jelmert & Adam Schiff, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Andy Jelmert & Adam Schiff, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Andy Jelmert & Adam Schiff, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Ava Bise & George Shulman, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Ava Bise & George Shulman, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Ava Bise & George Shulman, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Ava Bise, Diana Bruggeman & Gayle Kirschbaum, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Ava Bise, Diana Bruggeman & Gayle Kirschbaum, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Ava Bise, Diana Bruggeman & Gayle Kirschbaum, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Barbara Perris, Arthur B. Rubenstein & Gayle Kirschbaum, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Barbara Perris, Arthur B. Rubenstein & Gayle Kirschbaum, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Barbara Perris, Arthur B. Rubenstein & Gayle Kirschbaum, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Bea Gold & Shirley Tan, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Bea Gold & Shirley Tan, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Bea Gold & Shirley Tan, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Betsy Hall, Laura Quinn & Debbie, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Betsy Hall, Laura Quinn & Debbie, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Betsy Hall, Laura Quinn & Debbie, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Brian Butler & Sophie Isberg , 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Brian Butler & Sophie Isberg , 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Brian Butler & Sophie, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Brisas Band, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Brisas Band, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Brisas Band, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Cathryne Macievic and Marina Completo, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Cathryne Macievic and Marina Completo, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Cathryne Macievic and Marina Completo, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
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Christoff Van Kooning & Rose Rossi, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Christoff Van Kooning & Rose Rossi, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Christoff Van Kooning & Rose Rossi, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party (
Chrstoff Van Kooning, Allessandro Zezza, Barry Milofsky and Michael Locke, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Chrstoff Van Kooning, Allessandro Zezza, Barry Milofsky and Michael Locke, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party
Chrstoff, Allessandro Zezza, Barry Milofsky and Michael Locke, 2012 Los Feliz Block Party

Ralph J. Chandler Residence, Henry F. Withey Architect 1921; Carlton M. Winslow, Addition 1931

Ralph J. Chandler Residence, Henry F. Withey Architect 1921
Ralph J. Chandler Residence, Henry F. Withey Architect 1921
Italianate Mediterranean style residence designed by architect Henry F. Withey in 1921. An addition by architect Carlton M. Winslow was added in 1931. Declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2011 (No. 1003). Located at 1926 N. Hobart Boulevard in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. The house is currently (April 30, 2012) on the market and listed for sale for $3.1M.
Ralph J. Chandler Residence, Henry F. Withey Architect 1921
Ralph J. Chandler Residence, Henry F. Withey Architect 1921
Italianate Mediterranean style residence designed by architect Henry F. Withey in 1921. An addition by architect Carlton M. Winslow was added in 1931. Declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2011 (No. 1003). Located at 1926 N. Hobart Boulevard in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. The house is currently (April 30, 2012) on the market and listed for sale for $3.1M.
Ralph J. Chandler Residence, Henry F. Withey Architect 1921; Carlton M. Winslow, Addition 1931
Ralph J. Chandler Residence, Henry F. Withey Architect 1921; Carlton M. Winslow, Addition 1931
Italianate Mediterranean style residence designed by architect Henry F. Withey in 1921. An addition by architect Carlton M. Winslow was added in 1931. Declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2011 (No. 1003). Located at 1926 N. Hobart Boulevard in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. The house is currently (April 30, 2012) on the market and listed for sale for $3.1M.
Ralph J. Chandler Residence, Henry F. Withey Architect 1921
Ralph J. Chandler Residence, Henry F. Withey Architect 1921
Italianate Mediterranean style residence designed by architect Henry F. Withey in 1921. An addition by architect Carlton M. Winslow was added in 1931. Declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2011 (No. 1003). Located at 1926 N. Hobart Boulevard in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. The house is currently (April 30, 2012) on the market and listed for sale for $3.1M.
Ralph J. Chandler Residence, Henry F. Withey Architect 1921
Ralph J. Chandler Residence, Henry F. Withey Architect 1921
Italianate Mediterranean style residence designed by architect Henry F. Withey in 1921. An addition by architect Carlton M. Winslow was added in 1931. Declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2011 (No. 1003). Located at 1926 N. Hobart Boulevard in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. The house is currently (April 30, 2012) on the market and listed for sale for $3.1M.
Ralph J. Chandler Residence, Henry F. Withey Architect 1921
Ralph J. Chandler Residence, Henry F. Withey Architect 1921
Italianate Mediterranean style residence designed by architect Henry F. Withey in 1921. An addition by architect Carlton M. Winslow was added in 1931. Declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2011 (No. 1003). Located at 1926 N. Hobart Boulevard in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. The house is currently (April 30, 2012) on the market and listed for sale for $3.1M.
Ralph J. Chandler Residence, Henry F. Withey Architect 1921
Ralph J. Chandler Residence, Henry F. Withey Architect 1921
Italianate Mediterranean style residence designed by architect Henry F. Withey in 1921. An addition by architect Carlton M. Winslow was added in 1931. Declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2011 (No. 1003). Located at 1926 N. Hobart Boulevard in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. The house is currently (April 30, 2012) on the market and listed for sale for $3.1M.

Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design

Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929
Architect W. C. Tanner designed the Greek temple for film director Dorothy Arzner, the first female member of the Directors Guild of America, and her lifelong companion, dancer-choreographer Marion Morgan in 1930. The original gardens were designed by the distinguished Southern Californa lanscape architect Florence Yoch, with "elaborate horticultural layouts" i.e. hanging gardens, which have been simplified in recent years. The property has been “revived inside and out by architect Annie Chu, along with the addition of a pool.” Declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #301. Located at 2249 Mountain Oak Drive in the Los Feliz Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles. The residence is currently (May 2012) available for sale priced at $3,495,000.
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design; Annie Chu (Restoration Architect)
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design; Annie Chu (Restoration Architect)
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design; Annie Chu (Restoration Architect)
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design; Annie Chu (Restoration Architect)
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design; Annie Chu (Restoration Architect)
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design; Annie Chu (Restoration Architect)
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design; Annie Chu (Restoration Architect)
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design; Annie Chu (Restoration Architect)
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design; Annie Chu (Restoration Architect)
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design; Annie Chu (Restoration Architect)
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design; Annie Chu (Restoration Architect)
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design; Annie Chu (Restoration Architect)
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design; Annie Chu (Restoration Architect)
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design; Annie Chu (Restoration Architect)
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design; Annie Chu (Restoration Architect)
Architect W. C. Tanner designed the Greek temple for film director Dorothy Arzner, the first female member of the Directors Guild of America, and her lifelong companion, dancer-choreographer Marion Morgan in 1930. The original gardens were designed by the distinguished Southern Californa lanscape architect Florence Yoch, with "elaborate horticultural layouts" i.e. hanging gardens, which have been simplified in recent years. The property has been “revived inside and out by architect Annie Chu, along with the addition of a pool.” Declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #301. Located at 2249 Mountain Oak Drive in the Los Feliz Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles. The residence is currently (May 2012) available for sale priced at $3,495,000.
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design; Annie Chu (Restoration Architect)
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design; Annie Chu (Restoration Architect)
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Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design; Annie Chu (Restoration Architect)
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design; Annie Chu (Restoration Architect)
Architect W. C. Tanner designed the Greek temple for film director Dorothy Arzner, the first female member of the Directors Guild of America, and her lifelong companion, dancer-choreographer Marion Morgan in 1930. The original gardens were designed by the distinguished Southern Californa lanscape architect Florence Yoch, with "elaborate horticultural layouts" i.e. hanging gardens, which have been simplified in recent years. The property has been “revived inside and out by architect Annie Chu, along with the addition of a pool.” Declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #301. Located at 2249 Mountain Oak Drive in the Los Feliz Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles. The residence is currently (May 2012) available for sale priced at $3,495,000.
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design; Annie Chu (Restoration Architect)
Arzner-Morgan Villa, W.C. Tanner, Architect 1929; Florence Yoch Landscape Design; Annie Chu (Restoration Architect)
Architect W. C. Tanner designed the Greek temple for film director Dorothy Arzner, the first female member of the Directors Guild of America, and her lifelong companion, dancer-choreographer Marion Morgan in 1930. The original gardens were designed by the distinguished Southern Californa lanscape architect Florence Yoch, with "elaborate horticultural layouts" i.e. hanging gardens, which have been simplified in recent years. The property has been “revived inside and out by architect Annie Chu, along with the addition of a pool.” Declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #301. Located at 2249 Mountain Oak Drive in the Los Feliz Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles. The residence is currently (May 2012) available for sale priced at $3,495,000.

Michael Lehrer Architect

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Sherwood House, Charles M. Hutchinson, Architect 1929

Sherwood House, Charles M. Hutchinson, Architect
Sherwood House, Charles M. Hutchinson, Architect
The last remnant of the Griffith Estate, the old Los Feliz Rancho was sold to a syndicate headed by William H. Mead, H.H. Cotton, Laack & Williams, realty brokers and the Edwards and Wildey Company in 1926. The new subdivision was called the Los Feliz Hills on "account of the diversified contour of the ground, a wonderful view of the entire surrounding country...and a drive of less than fifteen minutes to the center of town. The property immediately joins Griffith Park, giving to home dwellers here all the advantages of a country club, including golf course, bridle trails, swimming pool and tennis courts" (Los Angeles Times, January 3, 1926). An early sales brochure offers the following advice, "Engineering skill of the highest order is being employed in laying out roads and driveways with the idea of retaining all the natural beauty of the property. Fifty-year general and architectural restrictions adequately protect buyers and provide for the construction of modest homes as well as mansions and villas. Artistic beauty and harmony with the environment are the governing factors in the building restrictions...Plans must be passed on by an Architectural Committee." The Sherwood House designed for Lucile Sherwood by architect Charles M. Hutchinson was one of the very first homes on Amesbury Road (the other was the Spanish Colonial Revival style "La Casa Contenta" built in the same year and located across the street at 3410 Amesbury Road). Together, the two houses represent a model for what would become the prevalent styles of the period for the subdivision. The Sherwood House is located at 3435 Amesbury Road.
Sherwood House, Charles M. Hutchinson, Architect
Sherwood House, Charles M. Hutchinson, Architect

The last remnant of the Griffith Estate, the old Los Feliz Rancho was sold to a syndicate headed by William H. Mead, H.H. Cotton, Laack & Williams, realty brokers and the Edwards and Wildey Company in 1926. The new subdivision was called the Los Feliz Hills on "account of the diversified contour of the ground, a wonderful view of the entire surrounding country...and a drive of less than fifteen minutes to the center of town. The property immediately joins Griffith Park, giving to home dwellers here all the advantages of a country club, including golf course, bridle trails, swimming pool and tennis courts" (Los Angeles Times, January 3, 1926). An early sales brochure offers the following advice, "Engineering skill of the highest order is being employed in laying out roads and driveways with the idea of retaining all the natural beauty of the property. Fifty-year general and architectural restrictions adequately protect buyers and provide for the construction of modest homes as well as mansions and villas. Artistic beauty and harmony with the environment are the governing factors in the building restrictions...Plans must be passed on by an Architectural Committee."

The Sherwood House designed for Lucile Sherwood by architect Charles M. Hutchinson was one of the very first homes on Amesbury Road (the other was the Spanish Colonial Revival style "La Casa Contenta" built in the same year and located across the street at 3410 Amesbury Road). Together, the two houses represent a model for what would become the prevalent styles of the period for the subdivision. The Sherwood House is located at 3435 Amesbury Road.


Sherwood House, Charles M. Hutchinson, Architect
Sherwood House, Charles M. Hutchinson, Architect

The last remnant of the Griffith Estate, the old Los Feliz Rancho was sold to a syndicate headed by William H. Mead, H.H. Cotton, Laack & Williams, realty brokers and the Edwards and Wildey Company in 1926. The new subdivision was called the Los Feliz Hills on "account of the diversified contour of the ground, a wonderful view of the entire surrounding country...and a drive of less than fifteen minutes to the center of town. The property immediately joins Griffith Park, giving to home dwellers here all the advantages of a country club, including golf course, bridle trails, swimming pool and tennis courts" (Los Angeles Times, January 3, 1926). An early sales brochure offers the following advice, "Engineering skill of the highest order is being employed in laying out roads and driveways with the idea of retaining all the natural beauty of the property. Fifty-year general and architectural restrictions adequately protect buyers and provide for the construction of modest homes as well as mansions and villas. Artistic beauty and harmony with the environment are the governing factors in the building restrictions...Plans must be passed on by an Architectural Committee."

The Sherwood House designed for Lucile Sherwood by architect Charles M. Hutchinson was one of the very first homes on Amesbury Road (the other was the Spanish Colonial Revival style "La Casa Contenta" built in the same year and located across the street at 3410 Amesbury Road). Together, the two houses represent a model for what would become the prevalent styles of the period for the subdivision. The Sherwood House is located at 3435 Amesbury Road.


Sherwood House, Charles M. Hutchinson, Architect
Sherwood House, Charles M. Hutchinson, Architect

The last remnant of the Griffith Estate, the old Los Feliz Rancho was sold to a syndicate headed by William H. Mead, H.H. Cotton, Laack & Williams, realty brokers and the Edwards and Wildey Company in 1926. The new subdivision was called the Los Feliz Hills on "account of the diversified contour of the ground, a wonderful view of the entire surrounding country...and a drive of less than fifteen minutes to the center of town. The property immediately joins Griffith Park, giving to home dwellers here all the advantages of a country club, including golf course, bridle trails, swimming pool and tennis courts" (Los Angeles Times, January 3, 1926). An early sales brochure offers the following advice, "Engineering skill of the highest order is being employed in laying out roads and driveways with the idea of retaining all the natural beauty of the property. Fifty-year general and architectural restrictions adequately protect buyers and provide for the construction of modest homes as well as mansions and villas. Artistic beauty and harmony with the environment are the governing factors in the building restrictions...Plans must be passed on by an Architectural Committee."

The Sherwood House designed for Lucile Sherwood by architect Charles M. Hutchinson was one of the very first homes on Amesbury Road (the other was the Spanish Colonial Revival style "La Casa Contenta" built in the same year and located across the street at 3410 Amesbury Road). Together, the two houses represent a model for what would become the prevalent styles of the period for the subdivision. The Sherwood House is located at 3435 Amesbury Road.


Sherwood House, Charles M. Hutchinson, Architect
Sherwood House, Charles M. Hutchinson, Architect

The last remnant of the Griffith Estate, the old Los Feliz Rancho was sold to a syndicate headed by William H. Mead, H.H. Cotton, Laack & Williams, realty brokers and the Edwards and Wildey Company in 1926. The new subdivision was called the Los Feliz Hills on "account of the diversified contour of the ground, a wonderful view of the entire surrounding country...and a drive of less than fifteen minutes to the center of town. The property immediately joins Griffith Park, giving to home dwellers here all the advantages of a country club, including golf course, bridle trails, swimming pool and tennis courts" (Los Angeles Times, January 3, 1926). An early sales brochure offers the following advice, "Engineering skill of the highest order is being employed in laying out roads and driveways with the idea of retaining all the natural beauty of the property. Fifty-year general and architectural restrictions adequately protect buyers and provide for the construction of modest homes as well as mansions and villas. Artistic beauty and harmony with the environment are the governing factors in the building restrictions...Plans must be passed on by an Architectural Committee."

The Sherwood House designed for Lucile Sherwood by architect Charles M. Hutchinson was one of the very first homes on Amesbury Road (the other was the Spanish Colonial Revival style "La Casa Contenta" built in the same year and located across the street at 3410 Amesbury Road). Together, the two houses represent a model for what would become the prevalent styles of the period for the subdivision. The Sherwood House is located at 3435 Amesbury Road.


Sherwood House, Charles M. Hutchinson, Architect
Sherwood House, Charles M. Hutchinson, Architect

The last remnant of the Griffith Estate, the old Los Feliz Rancho was sold to a syndicate headed by William H. Mead, H.H. Cotton, Laack & Williams, realty brokers and the Edwards and Wildey Company in 1926. The new subdivision was called the Los Feliz Hills on "account of the diversified contour of the ground, a wonderful view of the entire surrounding country...and a drive of less than fifteen minutes to the center of town. The property immediately joins Griffith Park, giving to home dwellers here all the advantages of a country club, including golf course, bridle trails, swimming pool and tennis courts" (Los Angeles Times, January 3, 1926). An early sales brochure offers the following advice, "Engineering skill of the highest order is being employed in laying out roads and driveways with the idea of retaining all the natural beauty of the property. Fifty-year general and architectural restrictions adequately protect buyers and provide for the construction of modest homes as well as mansions and villas. Artistic beauty and harmony with the environment are the governing factors in the building restrictions...Plans must be passed on by an Architectural Committee."

The Sherwood House designed for Lucile Sherwood by architect Charles M. Hutchinson was one of the very first homes on Amesbury Road (the other was the Spanish Colonial Revival style "La Casa Contenta" built in the same year and located across the street at 3410 Amesbury Road). Together, the two houses represent a model for what would become the prevalent styles of the period for the subdivision. The Sherwood House is located at 3435 Amesbury Road.


Sherwood House, Charles M. Hutchinson, Architect
Sherwood House, Charles M. Hutchinson, Architect

The last remnant of the Griffith Estate, the old Los Feliz Rancho was sold to a syndicate headed by William H. Mead, H.H. Cotton, Laack & Williams, realty brokers and the Edwards and Wildey Company in 1926. The new subdivision was called the Los Feliz Hills on "account of the diversified contour of the ground, a wonderful view of the entire surrounding country...and a drive of less than fifteen minutes to the center of town. The property immediately joins Griffith Park, giving to home dwellers here all the advantages of a country club, including golf course, bridle trails, swimming pool and tennis courts" (Los Angeles Times, January 3, 1926). An early sales brochure offers the following advice, "Engineering skill of the highest order is being employed in laying out roads and driveways with the idea of retaining all the natural beauty of the property. Fifty-year general and architectural restrictions adequately protect buyers and provide for the construction of modest homes as well as mansions and villas. Artistic beauty and harmony with the environment are the governing factors in the building restrictions...Plans must be passed on by an Architectural Committee."

The Sherwood House designed for Lucile Sherwood by architect Charles M. Hutchinson was one of the very first homes on Amesbury Road (the other was the Spanish Colonial Revival style "La Casa Contenta" built in the same year and located across the street at 3410 Amesbury Road). Together, the two houses represent a model for what would become the prevalent styles of the period for the subdivision. The Sherwood House is located at 3435 Amesbury Road.


Memories of 2nd Annual "Hike 4 the Homeless" April 28, 2012

Michael & Donna Locke with our little pup Maggie
Michael & Donna Locke with our little pup Maggie
Michael & Donna Locke were enthusiastic supporters of the 2012 Los Angeles Hike the Homeless; our real estate group Locke + Partners achieved "Trail Blazer" status as sponsors of the event.
2012 Hike 4 the Homeless Sponsors Scholl Canyon Estates
2012 Hike 4 the Homeless Sponsors Scholl Canyon Estates
Scholl Canyon Estates a beautiful retirement home located in Glendale, California where Donna's Mom Lorrain Titus calls home came aboard as 2012 Hike 4 the Homeless Sponsors. Thank You Scholl Canyon for your generous support!


Along the hiking trail were posted reminders of the plight of the homeless; this one a commentary on Social Justice in a photo by Brian Pickering.


Two very cool dogs which I have named "Mutt and Jeff" were star attractions at the 2012 Hike 4 the Homeless.


There were a LOT of dogs on the hike; for a mere $5 bucks dogs could enjoy the great outdoors too!


One of the many families that showed up in force; a great teaching experience for the youngsters.!
Hikers hit the trail in a photo by Brian Pickering
Hikers hit the trail in a photo by Brian Pickering
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Homes lost to foreclosure; another sad statistic that has caused an explosion in the homeless population.
Team Keller Williams Los Feliz
Team Keller Williams Los Feliz
The few, the proud, the faithful: A few of the more than 25 real estate agents from Keller Williams Los Feliz Realty that helped the effort by their sponsorship of the 2012 Los Angeles Hike 4 the Homeless; I am very proud to be a part of this group!
The Los Feliz Improvement Association
The Los Feliz Improvement Association
The Los Feliz Improvement Association (LFIA) the oldest residents association in the city of Los Angeles and a generous sponsor of the 2012 Los Angeles Hike for the Homeless. I am very proud to be a Director on the Board and very grateful for the group's participation!
Melissa Chibas-Preston & Friends
Melissa Chibas-Preston & Friends
Thank you Melissa Chibas-Preston for bringing your son and a pal along for the 2nd Annual Hike 4 the Homeless; you are a real trooper and a great friend!



2012 H4H Master of Ceremonies Actor Vincent de Paul
2012 H4H Master of Ceremonies Actor Vincent de Paul

2012 H4H Master of Ceremonies Actor Vincent de Paul
2012 H4H Master of Ceremonies Actor Vincent de Paul






Architecture Historian-Author Barbara Lamprecht (in the middle) joined the hike along with Monique Frese, our across-the-street neighbor (on the right)
Off we go!
Off we go!
Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge at the trail head in a photo by Brian Pickering








Donna and ran into our "old" friend, Ron Scott who we knew from our days as members of the Glendale Presbyterian Church where we were married. Ron stood up for me at our wedding; in addition to supporting the Hike 4 the Homeless cause, he's on a mission to lose a few extra pounds (like many of us)!
A Walk in the Park
A Walk in the Park




Yuca's
Yuca's
Participants of H4H 2012 were treated to Yuca's world famous delicious breakfast burritos



Gearing up for the 2nd Annual Hike 4 the Homeless!
Gearing up for the 2nd Annual Hike 4 the Homeless!
Pictured are Volunteer and Hike Sponsor Michael Locke; Connor Johnson, Society Executive Director David Fields, Society President Claire Padama, Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Melissa Leiva and Society Deputy Executive Director David Garcia. Photo by Brian Pickering.
Everyone's Welcome:  Bring the Kids and your dogs too!
Everyone's Welcome: Bring the Kids and your dogs too!
My real estate partnership "Locke+Partners" is proud to be a sponsor of the 2012 "Hike 4 the Homeless" coming to Griffith Park, April 28, 2012.
Laura Mack, Justin Mammem & Connor Johnson, 2011 Hike 4 the Homeless in Griffith Park
Laura Mack, Justin Mammem & Connor Johnson, 2011 Hike 4 the Homeless in Griffith Park
Hike organizers Laura Mack, Justin Mammem and Connor Johnson played a big part in the success of "Hike 4 the Homeless' on April 2, 2011 in Griffith Park. I met the trio a few weeks beforehand to take this publicity shot for an article in the Los Feliz Ledger, April 2011 Edition.
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HIke 4 the Homeless Los Feliz Group 3.jpg
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Hike 4 the Homeless 2011
Hike 4 the Homeless 2011
Hike 4 the Homeless in Griffith Park: Thanks for your support!
Volunteers Make All the Difference
Volunteers Make All the Difference

2011 Hike 4 the Homeless in Griffith Park
2011 Hike 4 the Homeless in Griffith Park

2011 Hike 4 the Homeless in Griffith Park
2011 Hike 4 the Homeless in Griffith Park

2011 Hike 4 the Homeless in Griffith Park
2011 Hike 4 the Homeless in Griffith Park

Donna and Michael Locke, 2011 Hike 4 the Homeless in Griffith Park
Donna and Michael Locke, 2011 Hike 4 the Homeless in Griffith Park
Donna and I were proud to play a small part in "JUST SAYING NO" to Homelessness in L.A. on April 2, 2011
The Old L.A. Zoo
The Old L.A. Zoo
It was fun exploring the old Los Angeles Zoo as participants in the 2011 "Hike 4 the Homeless" in Griffith Park.
Dan Curtis cracks up Lani & Donna @ the Old L.A. Zoo
Dan Curtis cracks up Lani & Donna @ the Old L.A. Zoo

2011 Hike for the Homeless in Griffith Park
2011 Hike for the Homeless in Griffith Park

Did You Know?
Did You Know?
Approximately 82,000 people are homeless any given night in Los Angeles County?
Along the Trail:  2011 Hike 4 the Homeless in Griffith Park
Along the Trail: 2011 Hike 4 the Homeless in Griffith Park

Dan Curtis pretends to be a caged animal at the old L.A. Zoo
Dan Curtis pretends to be a caged animal at the old L.A. Zoo

A Young Couple on the Trail:  2011 "Hike 4 the Homeless" in Griffith Park, April 2, 2011
A Young Couple on the Trail: 2011 "Hike 4 the Homeless" in Griffith Park, April 2, 2011

The raw beauty of Griffith Park
The raw beauty of Griffith Park

Did you know?
Did you know?
Los Angeles is home to 10% of the U.S. homeless population.
Along the hiking trails of Griffith Park:  2011 "Hike 4 the Homeless"
Along the hiking trails of Griffith Park: 2011 "Hike 4 the Homeless"

Did you know?
Did you know?
Between 2.3 and 3.5 million people experience homelessness in the USA every year?
The backwood trails of Griffith Park, April 2, 2011
The backwood trails of Griffith Park, April 2, 2011

Donna Locke & Lani Curtis share the joys of nature in Griffith Park, April 2, 2011
Donna Locke & Lani Curtis share the joys of nature in Griffith Park, April 2, 2011

Did you know?
Did you know?
Over 3 milion people in the U.S.A. lost their home to foreclosure in 2009; experts predict an additional 1.5 million more will be forced into homelessness by the end of 2011.
Did you know?
Did you know?
Vets have a greater chance if becoming homeless than any other group. An estimated 40% of homeless men are veterans.
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Did you know?
Did you know?
Common causes of homelessness are lack of affordable housing, low paying jobs, unemployment, chronic illness, lack of affordable health care, mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence, and prison release.
Did you know?
Did you know?
Families, typically single women with children represent a growing percentage of the homeless population, with nightly estimates of 20-43%.
2011 Hike 4 the Homeless in Griffith Park
2011 Hike 4 the Homeless in Griffith Park

2011 Hike 4 the Homeless in Griffith Park
2011 Hike 4 the Homeless in Griffith Park

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HIke 4 the Homeless Banner.jpg
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2338 Chislehurst Drive, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924

2338 Chislehurst Drive, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924
2338 Chislehurst Drive, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924
I wasn't a bit surprised to learn that the Spanish Revival residence located at 2338 Chislehurst Drive was designed by none other than A.F. Leicht. The architect designed approximately 24 homes in the Los Feliz and Hollywood neighborhoods during the 1920's, typically in an opulent, theatrical style, including residences for D.R. Branham and Estelle Gilcher (1923); John Philip Law House "The Castle" (1924); E.W. Hopperstead (1925) and Bruce Waring (1929). He also designed Angelus Temple in Echo Park for evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson in 1923. The house is currently (April 2012) on the market and listed for sale for $3,250,000.
2338 Chislehurst Drive, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924
2338 Chislehurst Drive, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924

2338 Chislehurst Drive, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924
2338 Chislehurst Drive, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924

2338 Chislehurst Drive, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924
2338 Chislehurst Drive, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924

2338 Chislehurst Drive, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924
2338 Chislehurst Drive, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924

2338 Chislehurst Drive, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924
2338 Chislehurst Drive, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924

2338 Chislehurst Drive, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924
2338 Chislehurst Drive, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924

2338 Chislehurst Drive, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924
2338 Chislehurst Drive, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924

2338 Chislehurst Drive, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924
2338 Chislehurst Drive, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924

2338 Chislehurst Drive, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924
2338 Chislehurst Drive, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924

2338 Chislehurst Drive, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924
2338 Chislehurst Drive, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924

2338 Chislehurst Drive, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924
2338 Chislehurst Drive, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1924

Los Feliz Improvement Assn. February 2012 Meeting

Ann & Ray Peifer
Ann & Ray Peifer
Ann Peifer is District Director for Congressman Adam B. Schiff; she attended the event with her dad, Silver Lake resident Ray Peifer.
Ann Peifer and Don Seligman
Ann Peifer and Don Seligman
Congressional Aide Ann Peifer with LFIA President Don Seligman at the 2012 General Meeting, February 13, 2012.
Congressional Aides Qiao Li and Ann Peifer
Congressional Aides Qiao Li and Ann Peifer
Congressional Aides Qiao Li and Ann Peifer@ the LFIA February 2012 Meeting
LFIA President Donald Seligman with Adam Schiff & Ann M. Peifer
LFIA President Donald Seligman with Adam Schiff & Ann M. Peifer

L.A.'s Finest
L.A.'s Finest

LA.'s Finest
LA.'s Finest






Congressman Adam Schiff with LFIA members


Los Angeles City Council Member Tom LaBonge with LAPD Northeast Captain William Murphy and Congressman Adam Schiff


Neighbors Muirl Johnstone with George Shulman adn George Pao with a friend.















LFIA President Donald Seligman
LFIA President Donald Seligman

Capt. William A. Murphy, LAPD Northeast Division
Capt. William A. Murphy, LAPD Northeast Division

Daniel M. Finley Appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Autry National Center
Daniel M. Finley Appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Autry National Center

Daniel M. Finley Appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Autry National Center
Daniel M. Finley Appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Autry National Center

Daniel M. Finley Appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Autry National Center
Daniel M. Finley Appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Autry National Center

Jon Zimmerman & Don Seligman honored with Proclamation from Council Member Tom LaBonge
Jon Zimmerman & Don Seligman honored with Proclamation from Council Member Tom LaBonge

Jon Zimmerman & Don Seligman honored with Proclamation from Council Member Tom LaBonge
Jon Zimmerman & Don Seligman honored with Proclamation from Council Member Tom LaBonge

Jon Zimmerman & Don Seligman honored with Proclamation from Council Member Tom LaBonge
Jon Zimmerman & Don Seligman honored with Proclamation from Council Member Tom LaBonge

Zev Yaroslavsky - Los Angeles County Supervisor - 3rd District
Zev Yaroslavsky - Los Angeles County Supervisor - 3rd District

Zev Yaroslavsky - Los Angeles County Supervisor - 3rd District
Zev Yaroslavsky - Los Angeles County Supervisor - 3rd District

Capt. William A. Murphy, LAPD Northeast Division
Capt. William A. Murphy, LAPD Northeast Division

Council Member Tom LaBonge, LA 4th District
Council Member Tom LaBonge, LA 4th District

Capt. William A. Murphy, LAPD Northeast Division
Capt. William A. Murphy, LAPD Northeast Division

Capt. William A. Murphy, LAPD Northeast Division
Capt. William A. Murphy, LAPD Northeast Division

Council Member Tom LaBonge, LA 4th District
Council Member Tom LaBonge, LA 4th District

Congressman Adam Schiff
Congressman Adam Schiff

Zev Yaroslavsky - Los Angeles County Supervisor - 3rd District
Zev Yaroslavsky - Los Angeles County Supervisor - 3rd District

Zev Yaroslavsky - Los Angeles County Supervisor - 3rd District
Zev Yaroslavsky - Los Angeles County Supervisor - 3rd District

Mike Shull, Superintendent, LA Parks
Mike Shull, Superintendent, LA Parks

Zev Yaroslavsky - Los Angeles County Supervisor - 3rd District
Zev Yaroslavsky - Los Angeles County Supervisor - 3rd District

Moderator Chris Laib with LFIA President Donald Seligman
Moderator Chris Laib with LFIA President Donald Seligman

LFIA President Donald Seligman
LFIA President Donald Seligman

Moderator Chris Laib with LFIA President Donald Seligman
Moderator Chris Laib with LFIA President Donald Seligman

Zev Yaroslavsky - Los Angeles County Supervisor - 3rd District with Capt. Bill Murphy, LAPD Northeast Division
Zev Yaroslavsky - Los Angeles County Supervisor - 3rd District with Capt. Bill Murphy, LAPD Northeast Division

Los Angeles Improvement Association February 2012 Meeting
Los Angeles Improvement Association February 2012 Meeting
Pictured (L-R); Mike Shull (LA Parks & Recreation); LFIA Board Member Marylin Bush; Congressman Adam Schiff; LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, LFIA President Donald Seligman; LAPD Capt. Bill Murphy, Northeast Division; Moderator Chris Laib and Council Member Tom LaBonge.

Pictured (L-R); Mike Shull (LA Parks & Recreation); LFIA Board Member Marylin Bush; Congressman Adam Schiff; LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, LFIA President Donald Seligman; LAPD Capt. Bill Murphy, Northeast Division; Moderator Chris Laib and Council Member Tom LaBonge.
Pictured (L-R); Mike Shull (LA Parks & Recreation); LFIA Board Member Marylin Bush; Congressman Adam Schiff; LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, LFIA President Donald Seligman; LAPD Capt. Bill Murphy, Northeast Division; Moderator Chris Laib and Council Member Tom LaBonge.

Pictured (L-R); Mike Shull (LA Parks & Recreation); LFIA Board Member Marylin Bush; Congressman Adam Schiff; LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, LFIA President Donald Seligman; LAPD Capt. Bill Murphy, Northeast Division; Moderator Chris Laib and Council Member Tom LaBonge.
Pictured (L-R); Mike Shull (LA Parks & Recreation); LFIA Board Member Marylin Bush; Congressman Adam Schiff; LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, LFIA President Donald Seligman; LAPD Capt. Bill Murphy, Northeast Division; Moderator Chris Laib and Council Member Tom LaBonge.

Mike Shull Recreation & Parks
Mike Shull Recreation & Parks
Mike Shull Recreation & Parks

Samuel-Novarro House, Lloyd Wright, Architect 1928

Samuel-Novarro House, Lloyd Wright, Architect 1928
Samuel-Novarro House, Lloyd Wright, Architect 1928
Lloyd Wright originally designed the house for Louis Samuel, a Hollywood business manager, on a steep, hillside lot in Los Feliz in 1928. Wright's signature design element, the now-weathered hammered copper flashing--with an arrowhead motif--provides both beauty and functionality, protecting the porous concrete from air and moisture. Due to financial difficulties, Samuel was forced to sell the house in 1931 to silent movie star Ramon Novarro. Wright remodeled the house, adding a music room, pergola and walled garden. In the early 1990's, actress Diane Keaton purchased the home, hiring interior designer Josh Schweitzer to remodel the interiors. The house has been a domicile for Hollywood celebrities for almost a century. The meticulously restored unique design is complimented by sleek concrete floors, dramatic windows, enclosed pool, peaceful terrace with jasmine covered walkway, and bamboo tree-lined sitting area. The house is currently (January 2012) on the market and listed for sale for $4,195,000. Located at 5609 Valley Oak Drive.
Samuel-Novarro House, Lloyd Wright, Architect 1928
Samuel-Novarro House, Lloyd Wright, Architect 1928

Samuel-Novarro House, Lloyd Wright, Architect 1928
Samuel-Novarro House, Lloyd Wright, Architect 1928

Samuel-Novarro House, Lloyd Wright, Architect 1928
Samuel-Novarro House, Lloyd Wright, Architect 1928

Samuel-Novarro House, Lloyd Wright, Architect 1928
Samuel-Novarro House, Lloyd Wright, Architect 1928

Samuel-Novarro House, Lloyd Wright, Architect 1928
Samuel-Novarro House, Lloyd Wright, Architect 1928
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Samuel-Novarro House, Lloyd Wright, Architect 1928 7.jpg
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Samuel-Novarro House, Lloyd Wright, Architect 1928
Samuel-Novarro House, Lloyd Wright, Architect 1928
Lloyd Wright originally designed the house for Louis Samuel, a Hollywood business manager, on a steep, hillside lot in Los Feliz in 1928. Wright's signature design element, the now-weathered hammered copper flashing--with an arrowhead motif--provides both beauty and functionality, protecting the porous concrete from air and moisture. Due to financial difficulties, Samuel was forced to sell the house in 1931 to silent movie star Ramon Novarro. Wright remodeled the house, adding a music room, pergola and walled garden. In the early 1990's, actress Diane Keaton purchased the home, hiring interior designer Josh Schweitzer to remodel the interiors. The house has been a domicile for Hollywood celebrities for almost a century. The meticulously restored unique design is complimented by sleek concrete floors, dramatic windows, enclosed pool, peaceful terrace with jasmine covered walkway, and bamboo tree-lined sitting area. The house is currently (January 2012) on the market and listed for sale for $4,195,000. Located at 5609 Valley Oak Drive.
Samuel-Novarro House, Lloyd Wright, Architect 1928
Samuel-Novarro House, Lloyd Wright, Architect 1928
Lloyd Wright originally designed the house for Louis Samuel, a Hollywood business manager, on a steep, hillside lot in Los Feliz in 1928. Wright's signature design element, the now-weathered hammered copper flashing--with an arrowhead motif--provides both beauty and functionality, protecting the porous concrete from air and moisture. Due to financial difficulties, Samuel was forced to sell the house in 1931 to silent movie star Ramon Novarro. Wright remodeled the house, adding a music room, pergola and walled garden. In the early 1990's, actress Diane Keaton purchased the home, hiring interior designer Josh Schweitzer to remodel the interiors. The house has been a domicile for Hollywood celebrities for almost a century. The meticulously restored unique design is complimented by sleek concrete floors, dramatic windows, enclosed pool, peaceful terrace with jasmine covered walkway, and bamboo tree-lined sitting area. The house is currently (January 2012) on the market and listed for sale for $4,195,000. Located at 5609 Valley Oak Drive.

Mittrey Residence, William T. Dreiss 1952

Mittrey Residence, William T. Driess, Architect 1952
Mittrey Residence, William T. Driess, Architect 1952
The post and beam Mid-Century Mittrey Residence was designed by award-winning architect William T. Driess in 1952. The architect's designs were published in more than 25 magazines and photographed by Julius Shulman. Driess was also a talented landscape architect and author. He was a contemporary of Frank Gehry; the two worked together at the Victor Gruen Associates architecture firm in the early 1960s. The house is currently (January 2012) on the market and listed for sale for $2,499,000. Located at 2448 Glendower Avenue.
Mittrey Residence, William T. Driess, Architect 1952
Mittrey Residence, William T. Driess, Architect 1952

Mittrey Residence, William T. Driess, Architect 1952
Mittrey Residence, William T. Driess, Architect 1952

Mittrey Residence, William T. Driess, Architect 1952
Mittrey Residence, William T. Driess, Architect 1952

William Mead Residence, Hudson & Munsell Architects 1914

William Mead House, Hudson &  Munsell Architects 1914
William Mead House, Hudson & Munsell Architects 1914
Described in the Los Feliz Improvement Association Historical Survey c.2000 as a "Prairie" influenced-style, the house was designed by the eminent architectural firm Hudson & Munsell for William Mead, a pioneer real estate developer in Los Feliz. Mead purchased 400 acres adjoining Griffith Park in 1911 from Col. Griffith J. Griffith and began planning what would become one of the City's most beautiful subdivisions. He added another 132 acres to his holdings in 1925. For a period of time, Mead owned the entire neighborhood above Los Feliz Boulevard, from Western Avenue to the Los Angeles River. A Los Angeles Times article reported on June 2, 1912 that "Mr. Mead plans to build a dwelling of palatial proportions by his architects Hudson & Munsell; the design will incline towards the English mansion types, although no style will be slavishly adhered to, the architects having aimed primarily at harmonizing the structure with its unusually attractive and picturesque surroundings". By 1925, ownership of the house passed to David Hamburger, President of the Hamburger and Sons Department Store which had been founded by his father in 1881. The house became the site of many elegant social gatherings during the Hamburgers ownership. After Mr. Hamburger's death in April 1945, the property passed briefly to Harold and Lucile De Armand before Frederick and Muriel Cockerham gained ownership seven months later. Mr. Cockerham, who went by the professional name of Charles Fredericks was a singer and member of the Screen Actor's Guild. Between 1954 and 1965 he appeared in many motion pictures including "To Kill a Mockingbird", "Tender is the Night", "My Fair Lady", and "The Great Race". In 1949, the house was severely damaged in a fire in which eighteen of the rooms were destroyed. The historic house is currently on the market and listed for sale for $4,988,000. The main house has six bedrooms and seven baths in 9,707 sq. ft. in addition to a guest house, staff quarters, swimming pool with pavilion, Koi pond and garden paths meandering throughout the property of over 87,000 square feet. The current owner, Nimit Vongchinsri has decorated it in an opulent European style that is a sight to behold. Located at 4533 Cockerham Drive in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
William Mead House, Hudson &  Munsell Architects 1914
William Mead House, Hudson & Munsell Architects 1914

William Mead House, Hudson &  Munsell Architects 1914
William Mead House, Hudson & Munsell Architects 1914

William Mead House, Hudson &  Munsell Architects 1914
William Mead House, Hudson & Munsell Architects 1914

William Mead House, Hudson &  Munsell Architects 1914
William Mead House, Hudson & Munsell Architects 1914

William Mead House, Hudson &  Munsell Architects 1914
William Mead House, Hudson & Munsell Architects 1914

William Mead House, Hudson &  Munsell Architects 1914
William Mead House, Hudson & Munsell Architects 1914

William Mead House, Hudson &  Munsell Architects 1914
William Mead House, Hudson & Munsell Architects 1914

William Mead House, Hudson &  Munsell Architects 1914
William Mead House, Hudson & Munsell Architects 1914

William Mead House, Hudson &  Munsell Architects 1914
William Mead House, Hudson & Munsell Architects 1914

William Mead House, Hudson &  Munsell Architects 1914
William Mead House, Hudson & Munsell Architects 1914

William Mead House, Hudson &  Munsell Architects 1914
William Mead House, Hudson & Munsell Architects 1914

William Mead House, Hudson &  Munsell Architects 1914
William Mead House, Hudson & Munsell Architects 1914

William Mead House, Hudson &  Munsell Architects 1914
William Mead House, Hudson & Munsell Architects 1914

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William Mead House, Hudson & Munsell Architects 1914

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Barnsdall Art Park Sign Dedication

Barnsdall Art Park Sign, Dedicated on December 8, 2011
Barnsdall Art Park Sign, Dedicated on December 8, 2011

Olga Garay & Nyla Arslanian
Olga Garay & Nyla Arslanian
LA Department of Cultural Affairs Olga Garay Executive Director with Nyla Arslanian President Hollywood Arts Council who was Master of Ceremonies at the sign dedication.
Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Sign Dedication, December 8, 2011
Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Sign Dedication, December 8, 2011

Los Feliz Improvement Association Board Members
Los Feliz Improvement Association Board Members
The Los Feliz Improvement Association (LFIA) showed up in force for the dedication of the Barnsdall Art Park Sign. Pictured are (L-R) Michael Locke, President Donald Seligman, Marylin Bush, Jon Zimmerman, Nyla Arslanian, and Chris Laib. George Pao was also present.
Members of the Hollywood Arts Council with Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti
Members of the Hollywood Arts Council with Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti

Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Sign Dedication, December 8, 2011
Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Sign Dedication, December 8, 2011

Nyla Arslanian, Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Sign Dedication, December 8, 2011
Nyla Arslanian, Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Sign Dedication, December 8, 2011

Nyla Arslanian, Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Sign Dedication, December 8, 2011
Nyla Arslanian, Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Sign Dedication, December 8, 2011

Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Sign Dedication, December 8, 2011
Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Sign Dedication, December 8, 2011

Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Sign Dedication, December 8, 2011
Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Sign Dedication, December 8, 2011

Tom La Bonge, Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Sign Dedication, December 8, 2011
Tom La Bonge, Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Sign Dedication, December 8, 2011

Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Sign Dedication, December 8, 2011
Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Sign Dedication, December 8, 2011

Eric Garcetti, Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Sign Dedication, December 8, 2011
Eric Garcetti, Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Sign Dedication, December 8, 2011

Eric Garcetti & Tom LaBonge, Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Sign Dedication, December 8, 2011
Eric Garcetti & Tom LaBonge, Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Sign Dedication, December 8, 2011

Eric Garcetti & Tom LaBonge, Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Sign Dedication, December 8, 2011
Eric Garcetti & Tom LaBonge, Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Sign Dedication, December 8, 2011

Los Feliz Commercial

Los Feliz Theater est.1934
Los Feliz Theater est.1934
The vintage Los Feliz Theater has been a fixture in the neighborhood since 1934. Located at 1822 N. Vermont Avenue.

Monterey Colonial Style

Helen Holmes Triplex, Harold Spielman, Architect 1937
Helen Holmes Triplex, Harold Spielman, Architect 1937
Architect Harold 'Spielman designed the apartments for Helen Holmes in 1937. The style shows the influence of the Monterey Colonia style with a little French Quarter thrown in for good measure. Located at 1963-1967 N. Kenmore Avenue.
Lillian Off Cawest Residence c.1932
Lillian Off Cawest Residence c.1932
The Monterey Colonial style residence was designed in 1932 for Lillian Off Cawest. Located at 3535 Griffith Park Blvd.
E.V. Buck Residence, Ben Sherwood, Builder 1933
E.V. Buck Residence, Ben Sherwood, Builder 1933
Apparently Storybook Fantasy and English Tudor cottages weren't the only styles built by Ben Sherwood. The residence he designed for E.V. Buck in 1933 is in the Monterey Colonial style. Located at 4031Cromwell Avenue.
McCart House, Bertram Teitelbaum, Architect 1929
McCart House, Bertram Teitelbaum, Architect 1929
Architect Bertram Teitelbaum designed the Monterey Colonial Revival style house for bonds saleman John McCart in 1929. The house is located at 3627 Holboro Drive in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Houses of Worship

Los Feliz United Methodist Church, Claude A. Faithfull, Architect 1938
Los Feliz United Methodist Church, Claude A. Faithfull, Architect 1938
Originally designed by Architect Claude A. Faithful as the Mount Olive Methodist Episcopal Church in 1938, the church later became known as the Los Feliz United Methodist Church. Today the church operates as the Metropolitan Community Church of Los Angeles; the Fellowship has a specific outreach to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender families and communities. Located at 1901 N. Kenmore Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
St. Mary of the Angels Anglican Church, Carlton Winslow, Sr. Architect 1930
St. Mary of the Angels Anglican Church, Carlton Winslow, Sr. Architect 1930

Founded in 1919 as an Anglo-Catholic parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles to 'address the spiritual needs of the fledging Hollywood motion picture community.' Father Neal Dodd was the Founding Rector. The present building was completed in 1930 in the style of the Italian Renaissance. The altar consists of a bas-relief sculpture from an original design by Andrea Della Robbia and considered his masterpiece. The original was made for St. John's Church in LaVerna, the site of St. Francis' stigmata; destroyed during World War II.  Before its destruction, an authentic cast was made from the same mold as the original, rendering the copy priceless.  The Della Robbia style of glazed terracotta was an important and widely popular art form in 15th century Florence.

 St. Mary of the Angels Anglican Church is located in Los Feliz Village at 4510 Finley Avenue. It was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in December 1974 (No. 136).


Fr. Christopher Kelley, St. Mary of the Angels Church, August 22, 2010
Fr. Christopher Kelley, St. Mary of the Angels Church, August 22, 2010

Fr. Kelley was my gracious host during a visit to the church on August 24, 2010


St. Mary of the Angels Church, mosaic by Enzo Salvaggi & Mia Tavonatti 2010
St. Mary of the Angels Church, mosaic by Enzo Salvaggi & Mia Tavonatti 2010
A recently-completed mosaic design over the church's entrance door was dedicated during the church's 80th anniversary in 2010. Designed by a pair of Italian artists, Enzo Selvaggi (Signa Hill) and Mia Tavonatti Santa Ana) with Selvaggi responsible for the concept and design and Tavonatti serving as the mosaicist.
St. Mary of the Angels Church, Carlton Winslow, Sr. Architect 1930
St. Mary of the Angels Church, Carlton Winslow, Sr. Architect 1930

St. Mary of the Angels Church, Carlton Winslow, Sr. Architect 1930
St. Mary of the Angels Church, Carlton Winslow, Sr. Architect 1930
The sanctuary, as seen from the choir loft, August 24, 2010. At the invitation of Fr. Kelley, I visited the church and was given a history of its architecture. Fr. Kelley, a Greco-Roman antiquities scholar theorized that the architect, Carlton Winslow Sr. had extensive knowledge of the original Church of the Apostles on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. The Los Feliz church, he offered is built on a plan similar to the Mt. Zion church, which would have featured an enclosed courtyard and interior colonnade, or cloisters, as shown in this photograph.
St. Mary of the Angels Church, Carlton Winslow, Architect 1930
St. Mary of the Angels Church, Carlton Winslow, Architect 1930

The altar designed by Andrea Della Robbia.  The sculptor is considered the most important artist of terra cotta ceramic glaze of the times. Other important works include the Virgin adoring the Divine Child in the Crib in the Bargello, the Madonna della Quercia, Viterbo; the marble high altar of S. Maria delle Grazie, Arezzo; and the vaulted ceiling and porch of the Pistoia Cathedral

 


St. Genesius, Patron Saint of Actors
St. Genesius, Patron Saint of Actors
A stained glass window of St. Genesius, Patron Saint of Actors.  The church was originally founded in 1919 as an Anglo-Catholic parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles to "address the spiritual needs of the fledging Hollywood motion picture community".
St. Mary of the Angels Church, Andrea Della Robbia alterpiece
St. Mary of the Angels Church, Andrea Della Robbia alterpiece

The terra cotta-glazed Della Robbia is an exact copy of the original, designed by Andrea Della Robbia c.1475.  The original, designed for St. John's Church in La Verna was destroyed during World War II.


Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Anthony A. Kauzor, Architect 1960
Our Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Anthony A. Kauzor, Architect 1960
The Architect Anthony A. Kauzor was a notable designer of mid-20th century church architecture in Southern California. For the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles he also designed St. Finbar Church of Burbank (1940), the Church of the Nativity in Torrance (1938), and St. Matthias Church in Huntington Park (1951).
Our Mother of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church, Anthony A. Kauzor, Architect 1960
Our Mother of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church, Anthony A. Kauzor, Architect 1960

Thirteenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Allison & Allison, Architects 1926
Thirteenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Allison & Allison, Architects 1926
Designed by partners David Clark Allison and James Edward Allison in 1926, the classical Italian Renaissance Revival structure towers over the homes in a residential street in Los Feliz. The Allison partnership began in Pittsburgh, and moved to Los Angeles in 1910 and lasted until 1942 during which the pair designed many prominent California buildings, including the Wilshire Blvd. United Methodist Church (1924), First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles (1930), the Beverly Hills Main Post Office (1932-33), the UCLA Administration Building (1926 & 1937) and Kerckhoff Hall (1931) also at UCLA. In 1992, the church was designated an Historic-Cultural Monument in the City of Los Angeles (No. 559). It is located at 1750 N. Edgemont Street in Los Feliz Village.
Gurdwara Vermont Sikh Temple, Concept Techology, Inc. Architects 1996
Gurdwara Vermont Sikh Temple, Concept Techology, Inc. Architects 1996

The Sikh religion originated in the 15th century with the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev (1469-1539) originated in the Punjab region of North India who taught the need for "loving devotion to God that cannot be perceived in human or any other form", according to the Harper Collins Dictionary of Religion. Anyone who followed his teachings was called a "learner"--a Sikh.

The temple was dedicated on April 20, 1996, at which time professor Manjit Singh, the supreme and highest spiritual and temporal authority of the Sikh religion visited from India, exhorting Sikhs to  "turn from disunity, ego, greed, pride and intoxicants, and to seek the virtues of humility, selfless service, sweetness, dedication and devotion".

 

The temple is located at 1966 North Vermont Avenue.


Monumental

Moreton Bay Fig Trees, HCM #940
Moreton Bay Fig Trees, HCM #940
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 940 is a collection of 39 Moreton Bay Fig Trees. The streetscape was designed by landscape architect Wilbur Cook with planting occurring some time around 1913. Cook is known for his master plans of both Beverly Hills and Highland Park. The Moreton Bay Fig is a native of Australia; its name is derived from Moreton Bay in Queensland.
Hollyhock House, Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect 1921
Hollyhock House, Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect 1921
One of Los Angeles' great civic landmarks, Hollyhock House was built for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall, who inherited the estate of her grandfather, William Barnsdall (who had the good fortune of discovering the second oil-producing well in the United States). The heiress had a passion for the arts, serving as co-director of an experimental theater company in Chicago, where she met architect Frank Lloyd Wright. While on a trip to California in 1915, the idea of developing a theatrical community in Los Angeles sparked her imagination with the innovative Wright to be her choice as architect. The house takes its name from the hollyhock, a favorite flower of Barnsdall, which is stylized in the decorative elements of the home including the roofline, walls, columns, and furniture. The master plan called for an arts complex to be built on the thirty-six acre site known as Olive Hill consisting of a home for Barnsdall and her daughter, two guest houses, theater, dormitory and studios for actors and artists, shops, a home for the center's director and a movie theater. Only three of the structures were actually realized, the residence and guest houses. Although Wright is credited with the design, the actual construction was supervised by his apprentice, Rudolf Schindler, and Wright's son, Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr., who would establish prominent careers of their own. (Frank Lloyd Wright was preoccupied with work on the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo during most of the construction). In 1927, Barnsdall, without ever having lived at Hollyhock, deeded the house and eleven surrounding acres to the City of Los Angeles. It was leased to various organizations including the California Art Club and Dorothy Clune Murray's Olive Hill Foundation in the ensuing decades, enduring alterations to suit the various needs of the tenants. In 1974, the facility underwent an extensive restoration, bringing back much of the original appearance. Although Barnsdall's dream of a center for the arts was not realized during her lifetime, she would be proud to see the home in its present state. Today, the Barsdall Arts Park offers a modern civic art gallery, theater, and art studios, and a stunning example of the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1963, the Hollyhock House was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Landmark by the Cultural Affairs Commission (No. 12). The Barnsdall Art Park is located at 4804 Hollywood Boulevard. Hourly tours are available Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 12:30 p.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m.
Ennis House, Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect 1924
Ennis House, Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect 1924
The Ennis House is one of the most famous residences in the world, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Mabel and Charles Ennis and completed in 1924. One of the first residences constructed from concrete block, The Ennis House is also one of the last Wright projects to employ stained glass, and one of the first to employ mitred glass windows. The Ennis House breaks Wright's principal of keeping the architecture on a human scale; the interiors have high, lofty ceilings and the whole very much has the feeling of great importance. The house is in serious decay, having sustained damage from severe winter storms as well as the Northridge Earthquake. The house is currently administered by the non-profit Trust for Preservation of Cultural Heritage. The house was listed for sale in June 2009 for $15M; it is currently (August 2010) on the market for $7,495,000.00 The Ennis House is located at 2655 Glendower Avenue in the Los Feliz District of Los Angeles. It is listed in the US. Department of the Interior National Register of Historic Places as well as a Cultural Heritage Monument by the City of Los Angeles.
Ennis House, Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect
Ennis House, Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect
Ennis House, Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect. The facade has a mysterious, mausoleum-like quality.
William Mulholland Memorial Fountain, Walter S. Clayberg, Designer, 1940
William Mulholland Memorial Fountain, Walter S. Clayberg, Designer, 1940
William Mulholland was a 'penniless Irish immigrant' and a self-taught engineer who became head of the Los Angeles Bureau of Water Works & Supply at a time when business and civic leaders in Los Angeles were realizing that development would remain limited without additional water resources. Mulholland, with the support of another visionary, Fred Eaton, implemented a plan to redirect water from the Owens Valley on the eastern slopes of the Sierras. The result of their efforts, the California Aqueduct, is one of the great engineering wonders of the world. Employing 5000 workers and 6000 mules, the 238- mile long aqueduct was completed under budget in record time. Mulholland, the poor immigrant who lived for a time in a one-room wooden shack near the present-day fountain died in 1935. The fountain dedicated to him was completed in 1940. Approximately 3,000 people attended the dedication ceremony on August 1, 1940. A memorial plaque at the foot of the fountain reads, 'To William Mulholland (1855-1935): A Penniless Irish Immigrant Boy who Rose by the Force of his Industry, Intelligence, Integrity and Intrepidity to be a Sturdy American Citizen, a Self-Educated Engineering Genius, a Whole-Hearted Humanitarian, The Father of this City's Water System, and the Builder of the Los Angeles Aqueduct. This Memorial is Gratefully Dedicated to those who are the Recipients of His Unselfish Bounty and the Beneficiaries of His Prophetic Vision.' The Mulholland Fountain is located at the Intersection of Riverside Drive and Los Feliz Blvd. in Los Feliz. It was declared an Historic-Cultural Monument in the City of Los Angeles in 1976 (No. 162).
Midtown School, John Lautner, Architect 1960
Midtown School, John Lautner, Architect 1960
Midtown School is the only school that John Lautner designed during his career. It is currently the Los Feliz campus ot Lycee International, also known as the French American School (LILA). Located on 6.5 acres at the foot of the Shakespeare Bridge, the four separate 'pavilions' provide for airy classrooms and a low scale to suit the needs of children. Located at 4155 Russel Avenue in Los Feliz, the campus was declared an Historic-Cultural Monument (No. 553) by the City of Los Angeles in 1991. Architecture enthusiast Tad Brady, owner of the nearby Haigh House designed by Wesley Eager, advises 'the photo you have chosen for the Midtown School is of a building added to the property in 1981, along with two smaller square buildings. The new buildings, built by the Apple School which owned the property at the time, were designed to work with Lautner's buildings. Apparently the Apple School went bankrupt and the property was vacant for a time. A proposal to turn the facility and grounds into a park did not pass, and the city leased the property to the LILA.'
KCET Studios
KCET Studios
Various motion picture companies have been headquartered here, including Allied Artists and Monogram; it has also been a movie studio. Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle and the Keystone Kops made movies on the lot. Since 1971, it has been been the home of KCET public broadcasting. Located at 4401 West Sunset Blvd. Declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument (No. 198) in 1978.

Casa Domingo, George A. Sullivan Architect c.1927

Casa Domingo, George A. Sullivan Architect c.1927
Casa Domingo, George A. Sullivan Architect c.1927
Spanish Revival Mansion designed for Abe Goldberg by Architect George A. Sullivan in1927. The house is currently (August 2011) on the market and listed for sale at $5,900,000. The house is described in the listing as "Quite possibly the most spectacular trophy home Los Feliz has to offer. Casa Domingo, built in 1927 and meticulously restored over a 5 year period. Estate boasts 36,000 plus lot with tennis court, pool, gated motor court and guest house. Two story cathedral entry with loggia & original mural on ceiling. Large living room, circular office and sunroom opening to lush yard. Spectacular pool lined by palm trees, fountains & lush foliage." The house is presently the home of Robert Huizenga, M.D., also known as Dr. H on the television show, "The Biggest Loser". He is the former team physician for the Los Angeles Raiders and is frequently seen on reality television Sullivan also designed the C.H. Pill House (1927) located in the vicinity at 2545 N. Vermont Avenue. Located at 4915 Los Feliz Blvd.
Casa Domingo, George A. Sullivan Architect c.1927
Casa Domingo, George A. Sullivan Architect c.1927
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Casa Domingo, George A. Sullivan Architect c.1927
Casa Domingo, George A. Sullivan Architect c.1927
The master bath is as exquisite as any I have seen anywhere. The Tiffany-style stained glass window
Casa Domingo, George A. Sullivan Architect c.1927
Casa Domingo, George A. Sullivan Architect c.1927
Another beautiful bedroom; this one bright and airy, and still very sophisticated, in large part because of the beautiful furnishings. If you put an offer on the property, I strongly suggest you (at least) ask for the contents.
Casa Domingo, George A. Sullivan Architect c.1927
Casa Domingo, George A. Sullivan Architect c.1927
One of the five bedrooms in the main house. Note again the quality of everything, from the gleaming hardwoods to the hand-painted ceiling and everything in-between.
Casa Domingo, George A. Sullivan Architect c.1927
Casa Domingo, George A. Sullivan Architect c.1927
Although located on busy Los Feliz Boulevard, the house is nearly invisible from the street, the benefit of being located on a large parcel (36,000 square feet). You will forget you are in the heart of a busy metropolis after a relaxing dip in the swimming pool (after a set of tennis, of course).
Casa Domingo, George A. Sullivan Architect c.1927
Casa Domingo, George A. Sullivan Architect c.1927
I LOVE the way the curving walls, at least in the photo, have the look of finely turned wood. And what about that ceiling. A visit to the estate is a MUST while it is still available. Let me show it to you!
Casa Domingo, George A. Sullivan Architect c.1927
Casa Domingo, George A. Sullivan Architect c.1927
A drawing room off the living room. Note the arched, matching windows and doorways, the gorgeous faux-finishes and the large scale of everything
Casa Domingo, George A. Sullivan Architect c.1927
Casa Domingo, George A. Sullivan Architect c.1927
At $5.9M I think I would at least ASK for the furnishings.
Casa Domingo, George A. Sullivan Architect c.1927
Casa Domingo, George A. Sullivan Architect c.1927
The house is simply stunning! Note the hand-painted ceilings, stone fireplace and the huge size of the rooms; a grand piano in the corner fits in nicely.
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The Grand Entrance is surrounded by an arched loggia, a showcase for the owner's statuary collection. A hand-painted ceiling and crystal chandelier are a visual delight.
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Casa Domingo, George A. Sullivan Architect c.1927 pool.jpg
The Estate boasts a 36,000 square foot lot; in addition to the main house, the property comes with a tennis court, pool, gated motor court and guest house.

Prairie Style

Bebe Daniels Residence c.1915
Bebe Daniels Residence c.1915

Prairie style originally built for H. Otto Kircher in 1915, the house became the home of silent film star Bebe Daniels in the 1920s.

Bebe Daniels  began her career as a child actress, became a star in musicals like 42nd Street.  She appeared in over 230 films throughout her career, beginning in 1910 and lasting until 1955.

Prairie style homes are rare in Los Angeles; they first appeared in the suburbs of Chicago between 1905 and 1915. They were designed by a creative group of architects led by Frank Lloyd Wright and came to be known as the Prairie School. Located at 2326 Cromwell Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.


Paul R. Williams in Los Feliz

Lawrence Gray House, Paul R. Williams, Architect 1927
Lawrence Gray House, Paul R. Williams, Architect 1927

Williams designed the house for Henry and Mamie Gray, parents of Lawrence Gray, a leading man in films between 1925 and 1936.  The actor lived with his parents while working as a production superintendent at Paramount Studios when friends (including Bebe Daniels) suggested he take up acting.  He got his break in 1925 when he landed a starring role in “The Dressmaker from Paris.” His credits include 45 films, appearing opposite Marion Davies, Joan Crawford, and Louise Brooks. After 1936, he was involved in production and acted as a liaison between American and Mexican film companies. He passed away February 2, 1970 in Mexico City. 

 

The house was listed for sale in October 2010 for a list price of $3,295,000.  Located at 5112 Ambrose Avenue.

 

 


Lawrence Gray House, Paul R. Williams, Architect 1927
Lawrence Gray House, Paul R. Williams, Architect 1927
An elegant lap pool with cascading fountain has the effect of a reflecting pool. The house was listed for sale in October 2010 for $3,295,000.
Villa Manola, Paul Williams, Architect 1924
Villa Manola, Paul Williams, Architect 1924
Thanks to my friend J. Russell Brown, the Villa was my first significant architectural listing, and contributed significantly to my interest in architecture. Brown gave nine years of his life to its restoration and embellishment. Designed by Paul Williams, the 'Architect of the Stars', the Villa Manola was created as a 'Morrocan palace' for Hollywood socialite Mrs. E. L. Martin, Founder of the Hollywood Hills Hunt Club in 1924. Exuberant yet restrained, the villa is secluded at the end of a private cul-de-sac. The stunning courtyard has been fashioned after the courtyard outside the Alhambra in Granada, which influenced Williams' original design. Mr. Brown embellished the Moorish theme with the addition of Morrocan lanterns and art objects acquired during his many trips abroad. The villa has an illustrious past. It was the residence of The Beatles during their Capitol Records days. Allen Ginsberg was a later resident. A Jean Cocteau dance short was filmed here in the early 1930's. Mr. Brown, a community activist, used the villa extensively for numerous civic and charitable events. In 2003, the villa was acquired by actress Sherie Hellard. Located at 5900 Manola Way. Cameron Carothers Photo
Ben Platt Residence, Paul R. Williams, Architect 1926 & Albert E. Hansen (1929)
Ben Platt Residence, Paul R. Williams, Architect 1926 & Albert E. Hansen (1929)

The house has a fascinating history, not too surprising given its grandeur. Originally designed for Rudolph Rosenberg by Architect Harley S. Bradley, the home was purchased in the same year by music store magnate Ben Platt. Platt hired Paul R. Williams to enlarge the house, adding an additional story. In 1929, Platt embellished the house again, hiring architect Albert E. Hansen to add a swimming pool, tennis court, garden house and pergola. The next owner was con man C.C. Julian. The Julian Petroleum scandal exposed the speculative mania of the times and the greed of certain individuals (much like the Bernard Madoff's of today's generation) that eventually led to the stock market crash of 1929 and its devastating aftermath. Julian arrived in Los Angeles in 1922 shortly after oil was discovered in the communities of Long Beach, Huntington Beach and Santa Fe Springs. Securing a lease to drill oil in Santa Fe Springs, he launched a clever scheme, portraying himself as the "champion of the small investor, battling against big oil and the corporate moguls" in colorful advertisements in the Los Angeles Times. After each of his first five wells hit gushers, money poured in quickly. He launched Julian Petroleum Corporation in 1923, promising the venture would supplant Standard Oil. In 56 days, he sold $5 million worth of stock. During his brief fame, Julian emerged as one of the most colorful figures in Los Angeles. His lavish mansion in Los Feliz, along with his flamboyant wardrobe, attractive female companions and fleet of luxury cars and a well-publicized nightclub row with Charlie Chaplin probably led to his undoing. Suspecting fraudulent activity, the California corporations commissioner launched several investigations into his activities.

The Julian Petroleum crash revealed a web of corruption, contributing to the collapse of the First National Bank, the election of former Ku Klux Klansman John Porter as Mayor, and the defeat of Governor C.C. Young in his bid for re-election. More drama unfolded, including the courtroom assassination of a banker, a blackmail plot involving the city's best-known reporter and the double murder of gangster Charlie Crawford and a newspaper editor by a candidate for municipal court judge. C.C. Julian committed suicide in a hotel room in 1934.

 

In the year 2000, the home was acquired by the Saint Columbans Foreign Missionary Society, a Catholic society of secular priests organized around global mission.  Brother Tom Reynolds was kind enough to greet me and provided much of the information about C.C. Julian and the history of the house.  Located at 2600 North Vermont Avenue.


Aberdeen Castle, Paul R. Williams, Architect 1931
Aberdeen Castle, Paul R. Williams, Architect 1931

Fred G. Olsen, President of Olsen Baking Company had this medieval castle designed for him by Paul R. Williams in 1931.  Located at 2612 Aberdeen Avenue.


Blackburn Residence, Paul R. Williams, Architect 1927
Blackburn Residence, Paul R. Williams, Architect 1927
Designed by Paul R. Williams, the 'Architect of the Stars' for Bruce and Lula Blackburn. (Mr. Blackburn's claim to fame is the invention of the rollup window screen). Williams designed the home in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, and set it in a lush tropical landsape in the hills of Los Feliz. Its most prominent feature is a two-story turreted tower. One of three residences located in Los Feliz that was honored with 'historical monument' status by the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission in 2008, (the others are the Victor Rosetti Residence, also designed by Williams, and the Edward Petitfils Residence, also known as 'Los Pavoreales' designed by Wallace Neff in 1927). The Blackburn Residence is located at 4791 Cromwell Avenue. Declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2008 (No,. 913)
Victor Rossetti House, Paul R. Williams, Architect 1928
Victor Rossetti House, Paul R. Williams, Architect 1928
Victor Rossetti's rapid rise through the ranks of the banking industry began as an office boy for Wells Fargo in San Francisco in his early 20’s. Within twenty years he was Vice President of Farmers and Merchants Bank in Los Angeles, the oldest financial institution in Southern California. Three years after he and his wife Irene moved into the Ponet Drive house, he became President of the bank, a position he held for the next twenty five years. Rossetti selected Paul R. Williams, one of the most important architects of the time to design his home in the Spanish Colonial Revival Style, embracing the California lifestyle and the region’s romantic past. Williams added coffered and stenciled ceilings, a dramatic two-story entryway with sweeping staircase, a library, intercom system and a wooden elevator connecting the garage to all levels of the house. Victor and Irene Rossetti lived at the house for the length of their marriage, until Irene died in 1947. After her death, Rossetti retired. , selling the house in 1950 and moved to San Marino., and the house was sold in 1950 when Rossetti retired and moved to San Marino, California. Except for earthquake retro-fitting, the addition of bathrooms, and updated heating, cooling, electrical and plumbing systems, the aesthetics of the house are little changed. Victor, Irene, and their two children would have little trouble feeling right at home again. The Victor Rossetti Residence is located at 2188 Ponet Drive in Los Feliz. Declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2008 (No. 915).
Victor Rossetti House, Paul R. Williams, Architect 1928
Victor Rossetti House, Paul R. Williams, Architect 1928

Miller House, Paul R. Williams Architect 1926
Miller House, Paul R. Williams Architect 1926
A two story English Tudor residence, designed for David H. Miller House by Paul R. Williams in 1926. Located at 2601 Aberdeen Avenue.
Abowitz House, Paul R. Williams, Architect 1933
Abowitz House, Paul R. Williams, Architect 1933

Williams designed the house for Dr. Jacob Abowitz in 1933. The single story Spanish style house is modest by the architect's usual standards. Located at 4610 Gainsborough Avenue.


Himrod House "Casa Romantica, Paul R. Williams, Architect 1928
Himrod House "Casa Romantica, Paul R. Williams, Architect 1928

Lloyd Wright, Architect

Sowden House, Lloyd Wright, Architect
Sowden House, Lloyd Wright, Architect
Celebrated landmark estate & noted masterwork of Lloyd Wright. Iconic Mayan Revival features dramatic use of temple-like features to create a sanctuary w/in the city. Walls of lush vegetation surround courtyard pool yielding appetizing water views thru-out the home. Meticulous restorations ('02, '09) by Xorin Balbes of TEMPLEHOME respectfully complement Wright’s vision, enhancing the home's livability w/ modern amenities & functionality. Lavish entertaining in one of LA's most exotic settings
Sowden House, Lloyd Wright, Architect
Sowden House, Lloyd Wright, Architect

Sowden House, Lloyd Wright, Architect
Sowden House, Lloyd Wright, Architect
Visiting Sowden House in Los Feliz is an enchanting experience. As a volunteer-docent for the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy 2005 Home Tour, I was invited to attend a 'Volunteer Appreciation Event' at this fabulous home by the Conservancy's 2005 Conference Co-Chairs, Scott Crawford (of Silver Lake), Deborah Vick, and Larry Woodin. Built by Lloyd Wright, the son of Frank Lloyd Wright in 1926-27, the Sowden House has been re-imagined by Designer Xorin Balbes (Temple Home) whose firm specialized in the restoration of old historic homes. The home has the look of an ancient temple which one may have just stumbled upon on a foray into a jungle. Temple Home's transformation is nothing short of magical, bringing a sensual vitality to this long-neglected landmark. The Sowden House is located at 5121 Franklin Avenue in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. Declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2003 (No. 762)
Sowden House, Lloyd Wright, Architect
Sowden House, Lloyd Wright, Architect

Sowden House, Lloyd Wright, Architect
Sowden House, Lloyd Wright, Architect

Sowden House, Lloyd Wright, Architect
Sowden House, Lloyd Wright, Architect

Sowden House, Lloyd Wright, Architect
Sowden House, Lloyd Wright, Architect

Sowden House, Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr. 1927 & Xorin Balbes, Restoration, 2001
Sowden House, Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr. 1927 & Xorin Balbes, Restoration, 2001
Visiting Sowden House in Los Feliz is an enchanting experience. As a volunteer-docent for the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy 2005 Home Tour, I was invited to attend a 'Volunteer Appreciation Event' at this fabulous home by the Conservancy's 2005 Conference Co-Chairs, Scott Crawford (of Silver Lake), Deborah Vick, and Larry Woodin. Built by Lloyd Wright, the son of Frank Lloyd Wright in 1926-27, the Sowden House has been re-imagined by Designer Xorin Balbes (Temple Home) whose firm specialized in the restoration of old historic homes. The home has the look of an ancient temple which one may have just stumbled upon on a foray into a jungle. Temple Home's transformation is nothing short of magical, bringing a sensual vitality to this long-neglected landmark. The Sowden House is located at 5121 Franklin Avenue in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. Declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2003 (No. 762)
Samuel -Navarro House, Lloyd Wright, Architect
Samuel -Navarro House, Lloyd Wright, Architect
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr. in 1928, the Samuel/Navarro Residence reflects the Wrightian ideal of organic architecture in art deco style. The entire structure is defined by a handsome hammered-copper frieze which provides dramatic detail. Actress Diane Keaton lived here in the 1990's and employed Architect Josh Schweitzer to remodel it to her tastes. The house is located at 5609 Valley Oak Drive in the Los Feliz Oaks.Declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1974. (No. 130).
Samuel -Navarro House, Lloyd Wright, Architect
Samuel -Navarro House, Lloyd Wright, Architect

Carr House, Lloyd Wright, Architect 1925
Carr House, Lloyd Wright, Architect 1925
Architect Lloyd Wright had a great influence on the architecture of Los Angeles during the mid-twenties, expressing the Spanish Colonial Revival style in increasingly abstract forms. The design of Los Angeles Times Editor Harry Carr and his wife Alice's home in Los Feliz is a notable example. Built on a triangular lot across the street from his Farrell House (designed a year earlier), the Carr House is a unique architectural expression with a central courtyard and grillwork typical of the revival style. The Carr House is located at 3202 Lowry Road in Los Feliz.
Taggart House, Lloyd Wright, Architect 1922-24, Eric Lloyd Wright (Remodel) 2006
Taggart House, Lloyd Wright, Architect 1922-24, Eric Lloyd Wright (Remodel) 2006
Lloyd Wright designed his first important house for the mother of his second wife, actress Helen Taggert. The house and gardens showcase the architect's emphasis on the dramatic: the minutely worked out arrangement of house and garden on a hillside lot overlooking Fern Dell Park is simply stunning. A distinctive art deco motif incorporates geometric forms, horizontal banding and an elaborate art-glass window on the south elevation. In 2006, Lloyd Wright's son, Eric Lloyd Wright completed an extensive restoration of the house, honored by the Los Feliz Improvement Association's Meliora Award for Best Restoration of a Single Family Home in 2006. The Taggart House is located at 2158 Live Oak Drive in Los Feliz.
Taggart House, Lloyd Wright, Architect 1922 pool.jpg
Taggart House, Lloyd Wright, Architect 1922 pool.jpg
Taggart House, Lloyd Wright, Architect 1922 pool.jpg 2009-02-20

Richard Neutra, Architect

Lovell Health House, Richard Neutra, Architect 1927-29
Lovell Health House, Richard Neutra, Architect 1927-29
Richard Neutra was introduced to Dr. Phillip M. Lovell, a strong advocate for a holistic approach to life by his colleague Rudolf Schindler. Dr. Lovell hired Neutra to remodel his medical and consulting office, and later gave him the commission to build his famous Health House in Los Feliz. Visiting it today, (February 2006) it looks as fresh and new as it did when Neutra completed it in 1929. Built entirely of glass and steel, the Lovell House is considered one of Neutra's greatest achievements. The Lovell Health House is located in Los Feliz at 4616 Dundee Drive. In 1974, it was declared an Historic-Cultural Monument by the City of Los Angeles (No. 123). It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Lovell Health House, R. Neutra Architect 1929.Interior
Lovell Health House, R. Neutra Architect 1929.Interior
Lovell Health House, R. Neutra Architect 1929. As co-producer of the 2008 French AIA Tour of LA Modernism, it was my privelege to arrange for a tour of Richard Neutra's Lovell House in Los Feliz. In the photo, look for the Ford headlight on the room divider!
Lovell Health House, R. Neutra Architect 1929
Lovell Health House, R. Neutra Architect 1929
Lovell Health House, R. Neutra Architect 1929
Wirin House, Richard Neutra, Architect 1949
Wirin House, Richard Neutra, Architect 1949
Located directly across the street from the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Ennis House in Los Feliz, the Wirin House was purchased by celebrity photographer Mark Seliger in 2004. An extensive restoration under the direction of Architect Sharon Johnston-Lee was completed in 2008. The Wirin House is located at 2622 Glendower Avenue in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. Declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 2005 (No. 812)

Photos from Hike 4 the Homeless Reception in Los Feliz

St. Vincent's Cardinal Manning Center Volunteers
St. Vincent's Cardinal Manning Center Volunteers

Alicia Lawhon & Chloe Peppas @ the Hike 4 the Homeless Reception
Alicia Lawhon & Chloe Peppas @ the Hike 4 the Homeless Reception

Brad Fullerton, Executive Director David Fields, Meggan McCarthy @ the Hike 4 the Homeless Reception, July 20, 2011
Brad Fullerton, Executive Director David Fields, Meggan McCarthy @ the Hike 4 the Homeless Reception, July 20, 2011

St. Viincent's Connor Johnson with Deputy Director Justin Mammen
St. Viincent's Connor Johnson with Deputy Director Justin Mammen

Connor Johnson, Donna & Michael Locke, Jayne Clement @ the Hike 4 the Homeless Reception in Los Feliz
Connor Johnson, Donna & Michael Locke, Jayne Clement @ the Hike 4 the Homeless Reception in Los Feliz

Connor Johnson, Jim Bibb, Michael Locke, and  David Radley
Connor Johnson, Jim Bibb, Michael Locke, and David Radley
Connor Johnson, Society of St. Vincent de Paul Operations Director Jim Bibb, Michael Locke, and violinst David Radley @ the Hike 4 the Homeless Reception in Los Feliz, July 20, 2011
Daniel Degravel, George Pao, & Richard Wilkinson
Daniel Degravel, George Pao, & Richard Wilkinson
Neighbors Daniel Degravel, George Pao, & Realtor Richard Wilkinson at the Hike 4 the Homeless Reception in Los Feliz, July 20, 2011
Violinist David Radley
Violinist David Radley
Violinist David Radley, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music performed at the reception in Los Feliz for "Hike 4 the Homeless", July 20, 2011
Donna Locke & Sharon Grigsby @ the Hike 4 the Homeless Reception in Los Feliz, July 20, 2011
Donna Locke & Sharon Grigsby @ the Hike 4 the Homeless Reception in Los Feliz, July 20, 2011
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Dr. Scott Colglazier of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles
Dr. Scott Colglazier of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles

Catering from First Street Cuisine
Catering from First Street Cuisine






Hike 4 the Homelss Supporters Eleanor & David Fields, Claire Padama & Justin Mamman
Genelle LeVin, Michael  Locke, Karen Numme
Genelle LeVin, Michael Locke, Karen Numme
Silver Lake Improvement Association President Genelle LeVin with Michael Locke and Karen Numme, Hike 4 the Homeless Reception, July 20, 2011
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Neighbors Grant, Karin & Dana Vitatoe at the Hike 4 the Homeless Reception in Los Feliz, July 20, 2011


Hike 4 the Homeless Advocates Jess Wisham & Manuel Sanchez
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Operations Director Jim Bibb
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Operations Director Jim Bibb

Jim Bibb & Russell Brown
Jim Bibb & Russell Brown
Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles Operations Director Jim Bibb with Russell Brown, President of Historic Downtown BID.
John Sorenson & Donna Locke
John Sorenson & Donna Locke
Landscape Architect John Sorenson & Donna Locke, Hike 4 the Homeless Reception in Los Feliz, July 20, 2011.
John Sorenson, Marty Colglazer & Donna Locke.jpg
John Sorenson, Marty Colglazer & Donna Locke.jpg
John Sorenson, Marty Colglazer & Donna Locke @ the Hike 4 the Homeless Reception in Los Feliz, July 20, 2011
John Sorenson, Marty Colglazer & Donna Locke 2.jpg
John Sorenson, Marty Colglazer & Donna Locke 2.jpg
John Sorenson, Marty Colglazer & Donna Locke 2.jpg 2011-07-19
Justin Mammen, Paolo Filippini, Michael Locke
Justin Mammen, Paolo Filippini, Michael Locke
Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Justin Mammen, with Realtors Paolo Filippini and Michael Locke, July 20, 2011.
Luis de Avila & Lisa Steadman
Luis de Avila & Lisa Steadman
Grassroots Guerrillas' Luis de Avila & Lisa Steadman at the Hike 4 the Homeless Reception in Los Feliz, July 20, 2011
Michael Locke & Claire Padama
Michael Locke & Claire Padama
Hike 4 the Homeless Supporters Michael Locke & Claire Padama at the Los Feliz Reception, July 20, 2011
Monique Frese
Monique Frese
Neighbor Monique Frese is always on hand to support a great cause! Thanks for taking all of these wonderful photos, Monique!
Nancy Davis & John Sorenson
Nancy Davis & John Sorenson
Nancy Davis & John Sorenson
Russell Brown, Donna and Michael Locke
Russell Brown, Donna and Michael Locke
LA Historic BID President Russell Brown with Donna and Michael Locke

Hollywood Grove Historic District

Celebrating Hollywood Grove HPOZ Dedication, July 16, 2011
Celebrating Hollywood Grove HPOZ Dedication, July 16, 2011

Kathy Kolnick, Marion Dodge & Diane Kanner Celebrate Hollywood Grove HPOZ
Kathy Kolnick, Marion Dodge & Diane Kanner Celebrate Hollywood Grove HPOZ
Los Angeles Historical Society Board Members Kathy Kolnick and Diane Kanner with Marion Dodge (middle) at the Hollywood Grove HPOZ Dedication Ceremony.
Los Angeles Conservancy's Marcello & Marion Dodge
Los Angeles Conservancy's Marcello & Marion Dodge

Marcello, Los Angeles Conservancy
Marcello, Los Angeles Conservancy

A Birthday Present for Marion Dodge
A Birthday Present for Marion Dodge
A surprise birthday party was held for Los Feliz Community Activist Marian Dodge as part of the celebration marking the Hollywood Grove as one of Los Angeles’ newest historic preservation overlay zone (HPOZ) districts. Marian became active in the Los Feliz Historic Survey and History Committee, identifying the Hollywood Grove as a potential HPOZ, in about 1990. Her willingness to act upon the many follow through efforts, such as getting the survey printed, never let up. A retired Marshall High School teacher, Marian rose through the ranks of leadership in the Los Feliz Improvement Association (LFIA), becoming the organization’s president. Through the years, she has been an advocate for issues affecting Griffith Park, and helped to establish Friends of Griffith Park; she is currently president of the Hillside Federation representing neighborhood groups in lobbying City Hall. Five years ago, Marian Dodge met Scott Larson, Homeowner Representative of Hollywood United Neighborhood Council (HUNC) to review the larger HPOZ proposed for Los Feliz. The two decided to move forward with the neighborhood most directly threatened by development in Hollywood – hence Hollywood Grove! With support from the neighborhood, HUNC, the LFIA, the Oaks Homeowners Association, and Councilmember LaBonge, success was finally achieved. The group acknowledged Marian’s leadership in the process at the Hollywood Grove Dedication Ceremony held on Saturday, July 16, 2011.
1924 North Wilton Place c.1909
1924 North Wilton Place c.1909

1923 Gramercy Place c.1910
1923 Gramercy Place c.1910

1923 Gramercy Place c.1910
1923 Gramercy Place c.1910

1923 Gramercy Place c.1910
1923 Gramercy Place c.1910

1923 Gramercy Place c.1910
1923 Gramercy Place c.1910

1923 Gramercy Place c.1910
1923 Gramercy Place c.1910

1924 North Wilton Place c.1909
1924 North Wilton Place c.1909

1924 North Wilton Place c.1909
1924 North Wilton Place c.1909

1924 North Wilton Place c.1909
1924 North Wilton Place c.1909
Dana Tolkin, owner of the house at 1924 North Wilton Place chats with Donna Locek on the tour of homes, Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone, July 16, 2011.
1924 North Wilton Place c.1909
1924 North Wilton Place c.1909

1924 North Wilton Place c.1909
1924 North Wilton Place c.1909

1947 Taft Avenue
1947 Taft Avenue

1951 Canyon Drive, c.1918
1951 Canyon Drive, c.1918

1951 Canyon Drive, c.1918
1951 Canyon Drive, c.1918

Los Angeles City Historica Society's Kathy Kolnik & Diane Kanner
Los Angeles City Historica Society's Kathy Kolnik & Diane Kanner
Los Angeles Historical Society Board Members Kathy Kolnick and Diane Kanner talk things over at the Hollywood Grove HPOZ Dedication Ceremony.
1973 N. Van Ness Avenue c.1908
1973 N. Van Ness Avenue c.1908

1973 N. Van Ness Avenue c.1908
1973 N. Van Ness Avenue c.1908

2008 Canyon Drive
2008 Canyon Drive

2008 Canyon Drive
2008 Canyon Drive

Diane Kanner, July 16, 2011
Diane Kanner, July 16, 2011
The ever-present Diane Kanner, Author and Historian, looking radiiant at the Dedication Ceremony for Hollywood Grove Historic District.
Hollywood Grove HPOZ Dedication Ceremony, July 16, 2011
Hollywood Grove HPOZ Dedication Ceremony, July 16, 2011

Katy Lain, Historic Preservation Consultant
Katy Lain, Historic Preservation Consultant
Rick Starzak & Katy Lain of ICF Jones & Stokes prepared the historic resources survey report resulting in the HPOZ designation for the Hollywood Grove Historic District.
Scott Larson congratulates Craig Weber, LA Planning Department
Scott Larson congratulates Craig Weber, LA Planning Department
Scott Larson, Homeowner Representative for the Hollywood United Neighborhood Council thanks Craig Weber of the Los Angeles Planning Department at ceremonies marking the Hollywood Grove Historic Overlay Zone, July 16, 2011/
Scott Larson
Scott Larson
Scott Larson, Homeowner Representative for the Hollywood United Neighborhood Council
Hollywood Grove HPOZ is Official!
Hollywood Grove HPOZ is Official!
Scott Larson, Homeowner Representative for the Hollywood United Neighborhood Council receives the plaque commemorating Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone from Councilmember Tom La Bonge July 16, 2011
Tom LaBonge, Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone
Tom LaBonge, Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone

Tom LaBonge & Scott Larson
Tom LaBonge & Scott Larson
Councilmember Tom La Bonge copngratulates Scott Larson, Homeowner Representative for the Hollywood United Neighborhood Council at ceremonies commemorating Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone July 16, 2011
Homeowners Vince & Carla
Homeowners Vince & Carla
Homeowners Vince Cresciman & Carla De Govia enjoying the festivities, Hollywood Grove HPOZ Dedication Ceremony, July 16, 2011
Van Ness Avenue Craftsman House c.1911
Van Ness Avenue Craftsman House c.1911
1911 vintage Craftsman style house located in the Hollywood Grove, Los Angeles' newest historic preservation overlay zone. Located at 1919 N. Van Ness Avenue.
1921 N. St. Andrews Place c.1919.
1921 N. St. Andrews Place c.1919.
Colonial Bungalow style house located in the newly-designated Hollywood Grove historic district.
1924 N. Wilton Place c.1909
1924 N. Wilton Place c.1909
Two story Craftsman style residence located in the Hollywood Grove Historic District of Los Angeles.
1925 N. Van Ness Av. c.1911
1925 N. Van Ness Av. c.1911
c.1911 Craftsman style house located at 1925 Van Ness Avenue in Los Angeles. The house is located in the Hartford Villa Foothill Tract, now designated the Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ), an historic neighborhood of approximately 139 Craftsman, Colonial, and Mediterranean style homes dates from the early 1900’s and one of Hollywood’s last intact turn-of- the-century neighborhoods.
1926 N. Wilton Pl. c.1906
1926 N. Wilton Pl. c.1906
Craftsman style residence in the Hollywood Grove Historic District (HPOZ).
1936 N. Wilton Place c.1908
1936 N. Wilton Place c.1908
One-and-a-half story Craftsman style residence located in the Hollywood Grove Historic District of Los Angeles.
1939 N. Van Ness Avenue c.1910
1939 N. Van Ness Avenue c.1910
c.1910 Craftsman style house. The house is located in the Hartford Villa Foothill Tract, now designated the Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ), an historic neighborhood of approximately 139 Craftsman, Colonial, and Mediterranean style homes dates from the early 1900’s and one of Hollywood’s last intact turn-of- the-century neighborhoods. Located at 1939 N. Van Ness Avenue in Los Angeles.
1943 N. Van Ness Ave. c.1910
1943 N. Van Ness Ave. c.1910
Restored Craftsman style house located in the Hollywood Grove Historic District (HPOZ) of Los Angeles.
1947 N. Taft Avenue c.1913
1947 N. Taft Avenue c.1913
Craftsman style residence located in the Hollywood Grove HIstoric District (HPOZ) at 1947 N. Taft Avenue.
1947 No. Taft Avenue c.1913
1947 No. Taft Avenue c.1913
Craftsman style residence located at 1947 N. Taft Avenue in the Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone.
1947 Taft Avenue c.1913
1947 Taft Avenue c.1913
Craftsman style residence located at 1947 N. Taft Avenue in the Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone.
1949 N. Wilton Place c.1912
1949 N. Wilton Place c.1912
Craftsman style residence located in the Hollywood Grove Historic District of Los Angeles. In 1922 the house was the residence of Mrs. F. C. Beutel and Mrs. Robert M. Zug, members of the Woman's Club of Hollywood.
1950 N. Wilton Place
1950 N. Wilton Place
Craftsman style residence located in the Hollywood Grove Historic District of Los Angeles. The house was the residence of Mrs. M. J. Kennedy and Mrs. Julian Phelps, members of the Woman's Club Hollywood, in 1922.
Alvies House, W.E. Ulich, Designer 1914
Alvies House, W.E. Ulich, Designer 1914
The two-story English Craftsman style house was the residence of Mrs. Margaret L. Pettibone and Miss Edith E. Pettibone, members of the Woman's Club Hollywood, in 1922 The house is located in the Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ), an historic neighborhood of approximately 139 Craftsman, Colonial, and Mediterranean style homes dates from the early 1900’s and one of Hollywood’s last intact turn-of- the-century neighborhoods. Located at 1965 N. Canyon Drive.
Anna Laggart Residence, C.D. Goldthwaite, Builder 1916
Anna Laggart Residence, C.D. Goldthwaite, Builder 1916
Thw two-story Craftsman style residence was the residence of Mrs. Anna Laggart a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1922. The house is located in the Hartford Villa Foothill Tract, now designated the Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ), an historic neighborhood of approximately 139 Craftsman, Colonial, and Mediterranean style homes dates from the early 1900’s and one of Hollywood’s last intact turn-of- the-century neighborhoods. Located at 2014 N. Canyon Drive.
Atwater House, C.S. Albright, Architect 1918
Atwater House, C.S. Albright, Architect 1918
Two story California Bungalow designed for Thomas E. Atwater in 1918 by C.S. Albright. Located at 1951 N. Canyon Drive.in the Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone.
E.A. Thomas Residence, DeLux Architects c.1913
E.A. Thomas Residence, DeLux Architects c.1913
DeLux Architects designed the two-story Craftsman style house for E.A. Thomas in 1913. the upturned eaves have a distinctive Oriental flair. Located in the Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone at 1962 N, Canyon Drive.
George S. Hoover Residence, H.H. Haywood, Architect c.1917
George S. Hoover Residence, H.H. Haywood, Architect c.1917
Architect H.H. Haywood designed the Craftsman style house for George S. Hoover in 1917. The house is located in the Hollywood Grove Historic District (HPOZ) of Los Angeles at 1937 N. Wilton Place.
George S. Redfield Residence, Edward Klinkner, Builder 1913
George S. Redfield Residence, Edward Klinkner, Builder 1913
A story-and-a-half 10-room, 3-bedroom, 2-bath, 2495 sq/ft. Craftsman style residence designed for George S. Redfield in 1913 by Builder Edward Klinkner. The house is located in the Hartford Villa Foothill Tract, now designated the Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ), an historic neighborhood of approximately 139 Craftsman, Colonial, and Mediterranean style homes dates from the early 1900’s and one of Hollywood’s last intact turn-of- the-century neighborhoods. Located at 1972 N. Canyon Drve.
H.S. Funen Residence, J.F. Connor, Buillder 1913
H.S. Funen Residence, J.F. Connor, Buillder 1913
The two-story Craftsman style residence was the home of H. Funned, built by J. F. Connor in 1913. The house is located in the Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ), an historic neighborhood of approximately 139 Craftsman, Colonial, and Mediterranean style homes dates from the early 1900’s and one of Hollywood’s last intact turn-of- the-century neighborhoods. Located at 1963 N. Canyon Drive.
Hollywood Grove Tudor Craftsman House  c.1912
Hollywood Grove Tudor Craftsman House c.1912
A 5-bedroom, 2-bath, 2174 sq/ft. Tudor Craftsman style residence located in Hollywood Grove, Los Angeles' newest Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ). Located at 1911 N. Van Ness Avenue.
Jensen House, Chester M. Williams, Builder c.1937
Jensen House, Chester M. Williams, Builder c.1937
Streamline Moderne-influenced house designed for R. Emmett Jensen by Builder Chester M. Williams in 1937. Located at 1933 N. St. Andrews Place in the Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ).
Jones House, Albert J. Bryan, Architect 1913
Jones House, Albert J. Bryan, Architect 1913
Architect Albert J. Bryan designed the two-story Dutch Colonial style residence for J. C. Jones and Francis V. Jones, owners of the McClellan Manufacturing Companyin 1913. The house is located in the Hartford Villa Foothill Tract, now designated the Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ), an historic neighborhood of approximately 139 Craftsman, Colonial, and Mediterranean style homes dates from the early 1900’s and one of Hollywood’s last intact turn-of- the-century neighborhoods. Located at 2009 N. Canyon Drive.
Michael A. Millenten Residence c.1921
Michael A. Millenten Residence c.1921
Mediterranean style home of Dr. Michael A. Millenten, a physician and surgeon in general practice according to the 1930 census. Located in the Hollywood Grove Historic District (HPOZ) at 1951 N. St. Andrews Place. (alternate address: 1951 N. Neindorff Drive).
Mrs. L.S. Verbeck Residence c.1909
Mrs. L.S. Verbeck Residence c.1909
The two-story Craftsman style residence was the home of Mrs. L. S. Verbeck, a member of the Woman's Club Hollywood, in 1922 The house is located in the Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ), an historic neighborhood of approximately 139 Craftsman, Colonial, and Mediterranean style homes dates from the early 1900’s and one of Hollywood’s last intact turn-of- the-century neighborhoods. Located at 1916 N. Van Ness Avenue.
Mrs. Warren Murray Residence, Kukus & Jones, Builders 1912
Mrs. Warren Murray Residence, Kukus & Jones, Builders 1912
Described in the LFIA Survey as a "Four Square Bungalow", the house was built for Mrs. Warren Murray, The house is located in the Hartford Villa Foothill Tract, now designated the Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ), an historic neighborhood of approximately 139 Craftsman, Colonial, and Mediterranean style homes dates from the early 1900’s and one of Hollywood’s last intact turn-of- the-century neighborhoods. A 1925 real estate ad in the Los Angeles Times described the house, "Live in the city and still enjoy a country life at Bronholly Park, Canyon Drive, Hollywood. Only 20 minutes from the heart of the city. Beautiful Sycamore trees in a park. Every owner will have all the privileges of the park. All improvements are Being put in. Prices reasonable." Located at 2015 N. Canyon Drive.
R.E. Shine Residence, N.W. Fowler Architect 1916
R.E. Shine Residence, N.W. Fowler Architect 1916
A 9-room, 4-bedroom, 1-bath, 2224 sq/ft two-story Craftsman style house designed for R.E. Shine in 1916 by N.W. Fowler, Architect. The house is located in the Hartford Villa Foothill Tract, now designated the Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ), an historic neighborhood of approximately 139 Craftsman, Colonial, and Mediterranean style homes dates from the early 1900’s and one of Hollywood’s last intact turn-of- the-century neighborhoods. Located at 1970 N. Canyon Drive.
Scott Larsen Residence, 1912-1954
Scott Larsen Residence, 1912-1954
Residence of Miss Anna G. Larter, a member of the Woman's Club Hollywood, in 1922. What started as a one room shed built by G.W. Pearl in 1912 was expanded over the years into the beautiful Craftsman Style house we see today. It is currently the home of Children's Hospital Los Angeles Administrator Scott A. Larson, one of the prime movers behind the designation of Hollywood Grove Historic Preservation Overlay Zone.

2011 Summer Solstice in Griffith Park

Los Angeles Skyline from the Top of Mt. Hollywood
Los Angeles Skyline from the Top of Mt. Hollywood

Former NFL Great Milt Davis introducing Tom LaBonge at 3rd Swearing-in Ceremony
Former NFL Great Milt Davis introducing Tom LaBonge at 3rd Swearing-in Ceremony
Milt Davis.jpg 2011-06-21
Bill Rosenthal.jpg
Bill Rosenthal.jpg
Bill Rosenthal.jpg 2011-06-21
Claudia Hipolito, Donna Locke and Chris Laib on the Trail to Mt. Hollywood, June 21, 2011
Claudia Hipolito, Donna Locke and Chris Laib on the Trail to Mt. Hollywood, June 21, 2011

Griffith Park Observatory, June 21, 2011
Griffith Park Observatory, June 21, 2011

Griffith Park Observatory June 21, 2011
Griffith Park Observatory June 21, 2011

Griffith Park Observatory, June 21, 2011
Griffith Park Observatory, June 21, 2011

Hikers Claudia Hipolito, Donna Locke, Chris Laib, June 21, 2011
Hikers Claudia Hipolito, Donna Locke, Chris Laib, June 21, 2011

Korean Fan Dancers, Summer Solstice in Griffith Park, June 21, 2011
Korean Fan Dancers, Summer Solstice in Griffith Park, June 21, 2011

LAPD Helicopter Flyover, June 21, 2011
LAPD Helicopter Flyover, June 21, 2011

Griffith Park Observatory, June 21, 2011
Griffith Park Observatory, June 21, 2011

Los Angeles Skyline as seen from the top of Mt. Hollywood, June 21, 2011
Los Angeles Skyline as seen from the top of Mt. Hollywood, June 21, 2011

Donna Locke, Cathryne Macievic & Monique Freise, 2011 Summer Solstice in Griffith Park
Donna Locke, Cathryne Macievic & Monique Freise, 2011 Summer Solstice in Griffith Park

Donna & Michael Locke, Summer Solstice in Griffith Park 2011
Donna & Michael Locke, Summer Solstice in Griffith Park 2011

Christi Moore with Donna Locke, 2011 Summer Solstice in Griffith Park
Christi Moore with Donna Locke, 2011 Summer Solstice in Griffith Park

Korean Fan Dancers.jpg
Korean Fan Dancers.jpg
Korean Fan Dancers.jpg 2011-06-21
Lon & Chris Laib 2.jpg
Lon & Chris Laib 2.jpg
Lon & Chris Laib 2.jpg 2011-06-21
Vermont Restaurant 2.jpg
Vermont Restaurant 2.jpg
Vermont Restaurant 2.jpg 2011-06-21
Tom La Bonge.jpg
Tom La Bonge.jpg
Tom La Bonge.jpg 2011-06-21
Bob Burke & Tom LaBonge.jpg
Bob Burke & Tom LaBonge.jpg
Bob Burke & Tom LaBonge.jpg 2011-06-21
Bill Rosenthal 2.jpg
Bill Rosenthal 2.jpg
Bill Rosenthal 2.jpg 2011-06-21
Brigid LaBonge.jpg
Brigid LaBonge.jpg
Brigid LaBonge.jpg 2011-06-21
Councilmember Tom LaBonge with Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Tratunich
Councilmember Tom LaBonge with Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Tratunich

Councilmember Tom La Bonge
Councilmember Tom La Bonge
After the swearing-in ceremony for his third term on the Los Angeles City Council.
CD-4 Councilmember Tom La Bonge
CD-4 Councilmember Tom La Bonge
Summer Solstice in Griffith Park, June 21, 2011
Tom La Bonge
Tom La Bonge

Councilmember Tom LaBonge, June 21, 2011
Councilmember Tom LaBonge, June 21, 2011

Milt Davis.jpg
Milt Davis.jpg
Milt Davis.jpg 2011-06-21
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DSC_0155.JPG
DSC_0155.JPG 2011-06-21
Los Angeles Area Boy Scout Council Troop 58
Los Angeles Area Boy Scout Council Troop 58

Welcome to Berlin Forest
Welcome to Berlin Forest

Los Angeles Area Boy Scout Council Troop 58
Los Angeles Area Boy Scout Council Troop 58

Tom LaBonge being sworn in by Brigid LaBonge
Tom LaBonge being sworn in by Brigid LaBonge

Claudi Hipolito, Donna Locke and Chris Laib on the trail to Mt. Hollywood
Claudi Hipolito, Donna Locke and Chris Laib on the trail to Mt. Hollywood

Color Guard
Color Guard

Consul Officer
Consul Officer

Tom La Bonge Family
Tom La Bonge Family

Griffith Park

Cadman Drive Trail, Griffith Park, January 25, 2012
Cadman Drive Trail, Griffith Park, January 25, 2012
Sometime after I first moved to Los Feliz the first time, in 1992, I ran into one of my neighbors on the street who inquired (in a sweet British accent), "Have you been to Wales lately? She was referring to a wild, little-known section of Griffith Park. To get there, you have to go to the end of Cadman Drive just up the street and around the corner from the Mulholland Fountain. Look for an opening in the fence at the end of the road, and voila! You are there. It's especially pretty after an "Irish Mist"; a light spring rain that brings out the emerald color of the new grass.
Cadman Drive Trail, Griffith Park, January 25, 2012
Cadman Drive Trail, Griffith Park, January 25, 2012
Sometime after I first moved to Los Feliz the first time, in 1992, I ran into one of my neighbors on the street who inquired (in a sweet British accent), "Have you been to Wales lately? She was referring to a wild, little-known section of Griffith Park. To get there, you have to go to the end of Cadman Drive just up the street and around the corner from the Mulholland Fountain. Look for an opening in the fence at the end of the road, and voila! You are there. It's especially pretty after an "Irish Mist"; a light spring rain that brings out the emerald color of the new grass.
On the trail to Mt. Hollywood, June 21, 2011
On the trail to Mt. Hollywood, June 21, 2011
Looking back towards thc city below, I captured this lovely scene on the trail to the top of Mt. Hollywood during the Summer Solstice.
Berlin Bear, Christmas Day 2011
Berlin Bear, Christmas Day 2011

Autumn in the park
Autumn in the park

In the shade of the sycamore trees
In the shade of the sycamore trees

A Walk in the Park
A Walk in the Park
A familiar site in the Fern Dell section of Griffith Park; a quiet stroll through the sycamore forest with light streaming through the trees. A bit of wilderness in the heart of the city.
Fern Dell Stream, November 25, 2011
Fern Dell Stream, November 25, 2011
Fern Dell is a favorite destination of ours in Griffith Park! Here we can take a leisurely stroll through the canopy of sycamore trees and appreciate the tranquil beauty. More than 50 varieties of ferns are said to exist here along a winding trail.
Fern Dell, November 25, 2011
Fern Dell, November 25, 2011
Fern Dell is a favorite destination of ours in Griffith Park! Here we can take a leisurely stroll through the canopy of sycamore trees and appreciate the tranquil beauty. More than 50 varieties of ferns are said to exist here along a winding trail.
Fern Dell Foot Bridge, October 18, 2011
Fern Dell Foot Bridge, October 18, 2011
Fern Dell is located on the very edge of Griffith Park; a fascinating, wooded hollow hidden under a canopy of sycamore trees. A meandering stream, tiny waterfalls, and over 50 varieties of ferns provide a pleasant escape from the city.
Griffith Observatory, John C. Austin & F.M. Ashley, Designers, 1935
Griffith Observatory, John C. Austin & F.M. Ashley, Designers, 1935
A fine example of the Art Deco, Griffith Observatory was a gift to the public from wealthy mining speculator, Griffith Jenkins Griffith. Although he never witnessed its completion, (Griffith died in 1919), he left a significant trust fund to complete his dreams for the park including a Greek amphitheater (the Greek Theatre, completed in 1930) as well as a hall of science and an observatory. The Art Deco theme is enhanced by a fine mural around the rotunda by Hugo Ballin and ceiling decorations in terracotta by Anthony Heinsbergen. The courtyard has a fine sculpture entitled the 'Astronomer's Monument' depicting six famous astronomers, a design by Archibald Garner with six contributing sculptors including Garner, Djey el Djey, Arnold Forester, Roger Noble Burnham, Roger Newell and George Stanley. (Artist Stanley, who sculpted the monument's Isaac Newton, also created the famous 'Oscar' statuette, with Cedric Gibbons). The Griffith Observatory was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1976 (No. 168). The Griffith Observatory re-opened in November 2006. The expanded facility has doubled in exhibit space and has been restored to its original art deco elegance.
Berlin Bear, Thanksgiving Day 2011
Berlin Bear, Thanksgiving Day 2011

Griffith Observatory, John C. Austin & F.M. Ashley, Designers, 1935
Griffith Observatory, John C. Austin & F.M. Ashley, Designers, 1935
A fine example of the Art Deco, Griffith Observatory was a gift to the public from wealthy mining speculator, Griffith Jenkins Griffith. Although he never witnessed its completion, (Griffith died in 1919), he left a significant trust fund to complete his dreams for the park including a Greek amphitheater (the Greek Theatre, completed in 1930) as well as a hall of science and an observatory. The Art Deco theme is enhanced by a fine mural around the rotunda by Hugo Ballin and ceiling decorations in terracotta by Anthony Heinsbergen. The courtyard has a fine sculpture entitled the 'Astronomer's Monument' depicting six famous astronomers, a design by Archibald Garner with six contributing sculptors including Garner, Djey el Djey, Arnold Forester, Roger Noble Burnham, Roger Newell and George Stanley. (Artist Stanley, who sculpted the monument's Isaac Newton, also created the famous 'Oscar' statuette, with Cedric Gibbons). The Griffith Observatory was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1976 (No. 168). The Griffith Observatory re-opened in November 2006. The expanded facility has doubled in exhibit space and has been restored to its original art deco elegance.

Ben Margolis Residence, Gregory Ain & Pierre Koenig Architects 1951

Ben Margolis Residence, Gregory Ain, Architect 1951
Ben Margolis Residence, Gregory Ain, Architect 1951

Margolis Residence, Gregory Ain, Architect 1951
Margolis Residence, Gregory Ain, Architect 1951

Ben Margolis Residence, Gregory Ain, Architect 1951
Ben Margolis Residence, Gregory Ain, Architect 1951
Margolis House, Gregory Ain, Architect 1951 3.jpg 2011-06-20
Ben Margolis Residence, Guest House, Pierre Koenig, Architect
Ben Margolis Residence, Guest House, Pierre Koenig, Architect
Ben Margolis Residence, Guest House, Pierre Koenig, Architect.jpg 2011-06-20
Ben Margolis Residence, Gregory Ain, Architect 1951
Ben Margolis Residence, Gregory Ain, Architect 1951

Van Griffith Residence c.1925

Van Griffith  Residence c.1925
Van Griffith Residence c.1925

The home of Van Griffith, son of Griffith J. Griffith, the man who donated the park that bears his name to the City of Los Angeles in 1896. The compound, is currently on the market and listed for sale at $4,875,000. Sited on nearly ¾ acre at the foot of Griffith Park, the historic compound has 6 bedrooms, a Montecito-style guest house, pool, private spa, park-like grounds, and loggia with outdoor fireplace.

During his lifetime, Van Griffith was a Park Commissioner and served as President of the Los Feliz Improvement Association (LFIA) in both 1933 and 1937.  He and his wife Constance were still living in the house in 1960.  The house was restored in 1988 and was the residence of Marco Pennette, producer of the sitcom, "Caroline in the City" and Steven Rabiner, consulting producer on the show "Lucky" until 2003.

 

 


Van Griffith  Residence c.1925
Van Griffith Residence c.1925
View of the guest house and pool, and the elegant residences along Vermont Canyon at the foot of Griffith Park.
Van Griffith  Residence c.1925
Van Griffith Residence c.1925
The swimmer's pool with the Montecito-style guest house in the background. Note the "chimney" style tower in the distance.
Van Griffith  Residence c.1925
Van Griffith Residence c.1925
Van M. Griffith, son of Griffith J. Griffith (donor of Griffith Park to the City of Los Angeles) had this home built for him in 1925. It is situated at the foot of the park that bears his family name. Located at 2630 N. Vermont Avenue.

Post Modern Los Feliz

1961 De Mille Drive, Tony Ngai 1983
1961 De Mille Drive, Tony Ngai 1983
Postmodern style house designed by Hawaii-based architect Tony Ngai in 1983. The interior has a three-story living room with a cantilevered bridge connecting the east and west rooms on the upper floor in a dramatic split level arrangement. The architect designed his first house for his own family in Yokohama when he was only 13 years old. His projects range in size from a 1800 s.f. residence on Canyon Oak in the Los Feliz Oaks to a custom residence of over 18,000 s.f. in Hillsborough, California. His commissions range from ocean front residences in the Bahamas, Mediterranean villas on the Gulf Coast of Florida, contemporary Japanese influenced estates in the hills south of San Francisco and in Kahala, to luxury hilltop contemporary residences overlooking Diamond Head and the ocean in Hawaii. Located at 1961 De Mille Drive.
Shapoory House, Amir Farr 1972
Shapoory House, Amir Farr 1972
Architect Amir Farr designed the house for the Shapoory family in 1972. The architect was a colleague of Oscar Niemeyer, the famed architect who designed the capital city of Brasilia as well as the co-architect of the United Nations complex in New York City. The house is on the market (August 2012) and listed for sale for $4,095,000. According to the listing, "(the architect) selected a 0.6-acre terrace abutting Griffith Park to connect the idea of the ancient temple with Modernism. The architect incised a grand arch at the entry facade, and turned the corner with a bold, recessed arcade overlooking an expansive plaza and pool with views of the park, city and ocean. The lavish use of red brick warms the underlying steel, concrete and glass structure. The entry, center hall and living room display monumental volumes rarely seen in Modern domestic architecture" Located at 2291 North Hobart Boulevard in the Los Feliz Estates.
Barelli House, Emanuele Barelli, Architect 1991
Barelli House, Emanuele Barelli, Architect 1991
Architect Emanuele Barelli designed the eclectic style house as his personal residence in 1991. The architect was a 1970 graduate of the Cal Polytechnic University at Pomona. Born in San Pietro, Italy, Barelli was principal of B&B Associates Inc., Structural Engineers, and resident and CEO of Digital Color World. With help from his wife and fellow alumni, he published “The Vision,” a book celebrating George Hasslein and the founding of the Cal Poly College of Environmental Design. Barelli passed away in 1972; his home reflects his personal journey from Italy to the United States, including classical and moderne elements. Located at 3834 Shannon Road.
Vahagh Kagramanyan Residence,  Tom Takeichi Associates Architects 2007
Vahagh Kagramanyan Residence, Tom Takeichi Associates Architects 2007
Designed by Architect Tom Takeichi in 2007. Recently listed for sale for a cool $3,998,000, the listing described the house as "Dazzling, one of a kind custom show place with all the style and amenities of a luxury Vegas hotel. .. 2 story rotunda entry with floor to ceiling windows, custom marble and mosaic floors; saltwater pool and spa with glass mosaic ocean life. Double door entry to mega master with his and her closets, fireplace, terrace and views. Movie theatre/screening room with surround sound. Located at 3757 Prestwick Drive.
Autry Western Heritage Museum, Charles A. Widom & Michael Heinrich, Architect 1987-89
Autry Western Heritage Museum, Charles A. Widom & Michael Heinrich, Architect 1987-89
Autry Western Heritage Museum, Charles A. Widom & Michael Heinrich, Architect 1987-89. The banded tower and tile roof suggest the Spanish Revival style in a post-modern sort of way. The Autry National Center was formed in 2003, in a merger of the Autry Museum of Western Heritage and the Southwest Museum of the American Indian and the Women of the West Museum. The center explores the diverse culturess of the American West with a collection of over 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts. The Autry Institute includes two research libraries: the Braun Research Library and the Autry Library. Exhibitions, public programs, K–12 educational services, and publications are designed to examine critical issues of society, offering insights into solutions and the contemporary human condition through the Western historical experience. Located at 4700 Western Heritage Way in Griffith Park.
Postmodern House c. 1980
Postmodern House c. 1980
I drove by this very interesting house on my way home from a lot I have listed at 5659 Tuxedo Terrace. The architecture definitely caught my eye. Located at 5758 Tuxedo Terrace in the Los Feliz Oaks.

METRO

Hollywood/Western Station, Escudero-Fribourg, Architects
Hollywood/Western Station, Escudero-Fribourg, Architects

Hollywood/Western Station, Escudero-Fribourg, Architects
Hollywood/Western Station, Escudero-Fribourg, Architects

Hollywood/Western Station, Escudero-Fribourg, Architects
Hollywood/Western Station, Escudero-Fribourg, Architects

Hollywood/Western Station, Escudero-Fribourg, Architects
Hollywood/Western Station, Escudero-Fribourg, Architects

Hollywood/Western Station, Escudero-Fribourg, Architects
Hollywood/Western Station, Escudero-Fribourg, Architects

Hollywood/Western Station, Escudero-Fribourg, Architects
Hollywood/Western Station, Escudero-Fribourg, Architects

Hollywood/Western Station, Escudero-Fribourg, Architects
Hollywood/Western Station, Escudero-Fribourg, Architects

Hollywood/Western Station, Escudero-Fribourg, Architects
Hollywood/Western Station, Escudero-Fribourg, Architects

Hollywood/Western Station, Escudero-Fribourg, Architects
Hollywood/Western Station, Escudero-Fribourg, Architects

Vermont Sunset Metro Station, Diedrich Architects & Associates Inc.
Vermont Sunset Metro Station, Diedrich Architects & Associates Inc.
Diedrich Architects and Artist Michael Davis forged a dynamic design team borrowing architectural details from “1950s Sci-Fi and neighboring hospitals, landmarks such as Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Queen of Angels/Hollywood Presbyterian, and Kaiser Permanente. Michael Davis inlaid the station floor and walls with granite patterns of celestial orbits and metal etched with spheres containing medical symbols and microscopic images of life forms, a reference to the iconography that is commonly shared by astronomy and medicine. From the mezzanine deck passengers can gaze upon a chart which maps their placement in the universe. As they exit the station they can see Griffith Park Observatory while its famous domed form is echoed in the design of the street level elevator.
Vermont Sunset Metro Station, Diedrich Architects & Associates Inc.
Vermont Sunset Metro Station, Diedrich Architects & Associates Inc.

Vermont Sunset Metro Station, Diedrich Architects & Associates Inc.
Vermont Sunset Metro Station, Diedrich Architects & Associates Inc.

Vermont Sunset Metro Station, Diedrich Architects & Associates Inc.
Vermont Sunset Metro Station, Diedrich Architects & Associates Inc.

Griffith Park Observatory

Griffith Observatory, John C. Austin & F.M. Ashley, Designers
Griffith Observatory, John C. Austin & F.M. Ashley, Designers

Griffith Observatory, John C. Austin & F.M. Ashley, Designers
Griffith Observatory, John C. Austin & F.M. Ashley, Designers
A fine example of the Art Deco, Griffith Observatory was a gift to the public from wealthy mining speculator, Griffith Jenkins Griffith. Although he never witnessed its completion, (Griffith died in 1919), he left a significant trust fund to complete his dreams for the park including a Greek amphitheater (the Greek Theatre, completed in 1930) as well as a hall of science and an observatory. The Art Deco theme is enhanced by a fine mural around the rotunda by Hugo Ballin and ceiling decorations in terracotta by Anthony Heinsbergen. The courtyard has a fine sculpture entitled the 'Astronomer's Monument' depicting six famous astronomers, a design by Archibald Garner with six contributing sculptors including Garner, Djey el Djey, Arnold Forester, Roger Noble Burnham, Roger Newell and George Stanley. (Artist Stanley, who sculpted the monument's Isaac Newton, also created the famous 'Oscar' statuette, with Cedric Gibbons). The Griffith Observatory was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1976 (No. 168). The Griffith Observatory re-opened in November 2006. The expanded facility has doubled in exhibit space and has been restored to its original art deco elegance.
Griffith Park Observatory
Griffith Park Observatory

John C. Austin & F.M. Ashley, Architects


Astronomers Monument
Astronomers Monument
The Astronomers' Monument, depicting six of the world's greatest astronomers was a 1930s WPA Federal Art Project sculpted by artists Archibald Garner, Gordon Newell, Djey el Djey, Roger Noble Burnham, George Stanley, and Arnold Forester.
Exhibits, Griffith Park Observatory
Exhibits, Griffith Park Observatory
The mezzanine area of the Gunther Depths of Space showcases samples of the universe that come to Earth from space or that we acquire through space exploration. It provides visitors with an experience that bridges the more familiar Earth-bound orientation toward the universe with a more cosmic perspective informed by the most sophisticated astronomical instruments ever built.
W. M. Keck Foundation Central Rotunda, Hugo Ballin, Artist c. 1930s
W. M. Keck Foundation Central Rotunda, Hugo Ballin, Artist c. 1930s
On the vaulted ceiling and upper walls of the rotunda are Griffith Observatory's greatest artistic treasure: the Hugo Ballin Murals. Workers have carefully and completely restored the murals so that they appear as they did when first painted by muralist, film producer, and author Hugo Ballin (1879-1956) in 1934-35. Medieval cathedrals told stories in stone. The Ballin ceiling mural celebrates classical celestial mythology, with images of Atlas, the four winds, the planets as gods, and the twelve constellations of the zodiac. The eight rectangular Ballin wall murals depict the "Advancement of Science" with panels on astronomy, aeronautics, navigation, civil engineering, metallurgy and electricity, time, geology and biology, and mathematics and physics. In addition to Griffith Observatory, Hugo Ballin's murals also appear throughout Los Angeles in such noted buildings as the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the Los Angeles Times Building, and Los Angeles City Hall Council Chambers.
Griffith Park Observatory environs
Griffith Park Observatory environs

James Dean Monument
James Dean Monument
Many movies have been made at the Observatory, but one stands out: "Rebel Without a Cause," the classic 1955 film about misunderstood youth, starring James Dean and Natalie Wood. A large bronze bust of the actor stands in the observatory forecourt; a bronze plaque commemorating the making of key scenes of "Rebel Without a Cause."
W.M. Keck Foundation Rotunda, Griffith Park Observatory
W.M. Keck Foundation Rotunda, Griffith Park Observatory
The ceiling of the Observatory's W.M. Keck Foundation Central Rotunda - which features the spectacular Hugo Ballin Murals - has been selected by the editors and members of VirtualTourist.com as one of the World's Top 10 Greatest Ceilings.
Griffith Park Observatory, September 21, 2010
Griffith Park Observatory, September 21, 2010
The ornate art deco entrance.

Crabel-Sarbu House, Susanna E. Steeneken, Architect 2000-2001 (Remodel)

2173 West Live Oak Drive
2173 West Live Oak Drive
A water sculpture is the focal point of the dramatic entrance, bathed in light from skylights and wide expanses of glass.
2173 West Live Oak Drive
2173 West Live Oak Drive

2173 West Live Oak Drive
2173 West Live Oak Drive

2173 West Live Oak Drive
2173 West Live Oak Drive

2173 West Live Oak Drive
2173 West Live Oak Drive

2173 West Live Oak Drive
2173 West Live Oak Drive

2173 West Live Oak Drive
2173 West Live Oak Drive

2173 West Live Oak Drive
2173 West Live Oak Drive

2173 West Live Oak Drive
2173 West Live Oak Drive

Crabel-Sarbu House, Susanna Steeneken, Architect Remodel 2000-2001 (Remodel)
Crabel-Sarbu House, Susanna Steeneken, Architect Remodel 2000-2001 (Remodel)

Crabel-Sarbu House, Susanna Steeneken, Architect Remodel 2000-2001
Crabel-Sarbu House, Susanna Steeneken, Architect Remodel 2000-2001
A stunning waterfall graces the pool and spa complex.

Quintessential Spanish Revival Duplex




























Elvad House, Paul Kinsbury, Architect 1927

Elvad House, Paul Kingsbury, Architect 1927
Elvad House, Paul Kingsbury, Architect 1927

Realtor Dan Banchick describes the house, "Quintessential courtyard Spanish villa designed by architect Paul Kingsbury in 1927. The 3 bed/ 3 bath plus den home has been meticulously restored & updated with great attention to detail. Updated systems, gourmet kitchen, high-end custom finishes inside and out, Walker Zanger tile, custom period fixtures, polished magnesite dining room floor, sunroom off master, living room & backyard tile fireplaces, professional landscaping, 2 fountains with custom Malibu tile, built in BBQ, 3 balconies with reclaimed French terracotta tile. Large 2-car garage with direct entry and a generous basement used for wine, laundry, storage.


Elvad House, Paul Kingsbury, Architect
Elvad House, Paul Kingsbury, Architect

Guild House, Arthur R. Kelley, Architect 1923

Guild House, Arthur R. Kelley, Architect 1923
Guild House, Arthur R. Kelley, Architect 1923

Realtor Chris Laib has the house described as, "Framed by a giant magnolia tree, rests a perfectly charming home in one of Los Feliz' most coveted neighborhoods. Rare and updated Southern Colonial with abundant original architectural details. Grand center island kitchen with Thermador appliances, black slab granite counters, custom shaker cabinetry, oversized awning window and French doors leading to inviting grassy backyard. Gracious formal living room with wainscoting and carved wood fireplace. Formal dining room with floor to ceiling built in china cabinets. Gleaming oak floors and artisan crafted tiles throughout. Stunning hand cut English lighting fixtures. Up the staircase are two family bedrooms, sunroom and delicious master suite; sexy Carrera marble master bath featuring steam shower and spa tub. Detached studio/office with ½ bath. Sited proudly above the street, replete with plantation style front porch."


Guild House, Arthur R. Kelley, Architect 1923
Guild House, Arthur R. Kelley, Architect 1923

Guild House, Arthur R. Kelley, Architect 1923
Guild House, Arthur R. Kelley, Architect 1923

Guild House, Arthur R. Kelley, Architect 1923
Guild House, Arthur R. Kelley, Architect 1923

Guild House, Arthur R. Kelley, Architect 1923
Guild House, Arthur R. Kelley, Architect 1923

Guild House, Arthur R. Kelley, Architect 1923
Guild House, Arthur R. Kelley, Architect 1923

Guild House, Arthur R. Kelley, Architect 1923
Guild House, Arthur R. Kelley, Architect 1923
Guild House, Arthur R. Kelley, Architect 1923

McTernan House., David Hyun Architect 1960; DesignVidal (remodel) 2010

McTernan House, David Hyun Architect 1960; DesignVidal (remodel) 2011
McTernan House, David Hyun Architect 1960; DesignVidal (remodel) 2011
Korean-born Architect David Hyun designed the house for John T. McTernan in 1960. The house is currently (2010) undergoing an extensive restoration under the direction of Karen Vidal (DesignVidal). Located at 2226 Wayne Avenue in Los Feliz.
McTernan House., David Hyun Architect 1960; DesignVidal (remodel) 2010
McTernan House., David Hyun Architect 1960; DesignVidal (remodel) 2010

McTernan House., David Hyun Architect 1960; DesignVidal (remodel) 2010
McTernan House., David Hyun Architect 1960; DesignVidal (remodel) 2010

McTernan House., David Hyun Architect 1960; DesignVidal (remodel) 2010
McTernan House., David Hyun Architect 1960; DesignVidal (remodel) 2010

McTernan House., David Hyun Architect 1960; DesignVidal (remodel) 2010
McTernan House., David Hyun Architect 1960; DesignVidal (remodel) 2010

Photos from "Hike 4 the Homeless" in Griffith Park, April 2, 2011

David R. Fields, Executive Director, Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles
David R. Fields, Executive Director, Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles
David R. Fields, Executive Director, Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles encouraging participants at "Hike 4 the Homeless" in Griffith Park, April 2, 2011
David R. Fields, Executive Director, Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles
David R. Fields, Executive Director, Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles
David R. Fields, Executive Director, Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles encouraging participants at "Hike 4 the Homeless" in Griffith Park, April 2, 2011
David R. Fields & Dan Curtis @ "Hike 4 the Homeless" in Griffith Park, April 2, 2011
David R. Fields & Dan Curtis @ "Hike 4 the Homeless" in Griffith Park, April 2, 2011
David R. Fields greets Dan Curtis, a boyhood friend of mine, who drove down from Camarillo with his wife, Lani to show his support for "Hike 4 the Homeless."
Event MC Brian Ridgely & a friend @ Hike 4 the Homeless"
Event MC Brian Ridgely & a friend @ Hike 4 the Homeless"
Event MC Brian Ridgely hams it up with a friend on the stage of "Hike 4 the Homeless in Griffith Park, April 2, 2011.
"Hike 4 the Homeless M.C. Brian Ridgely
"Hike 4 the Homeless M.C. Brian Ridgely

"Hike 4 the Homeless M.C. Brian Ridgely
"Hike 4 the Homeless M.C. Brian Ridgely

Faces in the Crowd: 2011 Hike 4 the Homeless
Faces in the Crowd: 2011 Hike 4 the Homeless

Ready-Set-Go:  2011 Hike 4 the Homeless 3.jpg
Ready-Set-Go: 2011 Hike 4 the Homeless 3.jpg

2011 Hike 4 the Homeless
2011 Hike 4 the Homeless

2011 Hike 4 the Homeless
2011 Hike 4 the Homeless

Tom LaBonge poses with a group of friends, 2011 "Hike 4 the Homeless"
Tom LaBonge poses with a group of friends, 2011 "Hike 4 the Homeless"
A special thanks to these friends who came out and supported the first "Hike 4 the Homeless" on April 2, 2011: Dan Curtis, Anthony Vulin, Clint Lohr, Chris Laib, Michael Remacle, Lani Curtis, Tom LaBonge, Paul Mirador and of course, my wife Donna Jean!
UCLA Hikers for the Homeless
UCLA Hikers for the Homeless
I met these enthusiastic hikers from UCLA on the trail, supporting Hikers for the Homeless. Go Bruins!
Tom La Bonge & David R. Fields, Hike 4 the Homeless
Tom La Bonge & David R. Fields, Hike 4 the Homeless
Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom La Bonge shares the microphone with David R. Fields, Executive Director of the St. Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles @ Hike 4 the Homeless in Griffith Park, April 2, 2011.
Tom La Bonge & David R. Fields, Hike 4 the Homeless
Tom La Bonge & David R. Fields, Hike 4 the Homeless
Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom La Bonge shares the microphone with David R. Fields, Executive Director of the St. Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles @ Hike 4 the Homeless in Griffith Park, April 2, 2011.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles

Along the trail, "Hike for the Homeless" in Griffith Park, April 2, 2011
Along the trail, "Hike for the Homeless" in Griffith Park, April 2, 2011
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Monique Friese, 2011 Hike 4 the Homeless
Monique Friese, 2011 Hike 4 the Homeless
Here's a shout-out for Monique Friese our next-door neighbor, who always shows up when there's a need! 2011 Hike 4 the Homeless
With a little help from my friends: Michael Remacle with Dan & Lani Curtis @ Hike 4 the Homeless, April 2, 2011
With a little help from my friends: Michael Remacle with Dan & Lani Curtis @ Hike 4 the Homeless, April 2, 2011
Special thanks to special friends: Michael Remacle, Dan & Lani Curtis who supported the Hike 4 the Homeless in Griffith Park, April 2, 2011.
Jose O'Malley's Food Truck!
Jose O'Malley's Food Truck!
The 2011 Hike 4 the Homeless in Griffith Park featured delicious breakfast burritos supplied by Jose O'Malley's food truck.

Steven Hill Contemporary for Sale

3525 Lowry Road
3525 Lowry Road
Originally design by prolific builder Steven Hill in 1985, the house has been by reinvented by Richar of Richar Interiors of Chicago. The dramatic interiors are something to see. The house is a great value priced at $1, 195,000.
3525 Lowry Road
3525 Lowry Road
A first impression on entering the house.
3525 Lowry Road
3525 Lowry Road
The dramatic living room, equipped with travertine floors and fireplace.
3525 Lowry Road c.1986
3525 Lowry Road c.1986
View of the living room looking back towards the entrance.
3525 Lowry Road
3525 Lowry Road
The lush gardens are a wonderland of bubbling fountains and lush landscaping. There are magnificent views of the city and San Gabriel mountains, seating areas for entertaining and quiet spots for reflection.
Master Suite
Master Suite
The Master Suite is equipped with a fireplace, walk-in dressing room, and one of the sexiest bathrooms I can remember: the sink for example is a work of art. A gangway leads to an outdoor playground with bubbling fountain, decks hot tub and panoramic city and mountain views.

Glass Art by Gallerie Rafael

Green Sink
Green Sink
Gallerie Rafael www.glassartla.com
Ryo
Ryo
Gallerie Rafael www.glassartla.com
Independence
Independence
Gallerie Rafael www.glassartla.com
Custom project
Custom project
Gallerie Rafael www.glassartla.com
Gold Sink
Gold Sink
Gallerie Rafael www.glassartla.com
Blue Sink
Blue Sink
Gallerie Rafael www.glassartla.com
Antigua
Antigua
Gallerie Rafael www.glassartla.com
Inga
Inga
Gallerie Rafael www.glassartla.com
Green bathroom
Green bathroom
Gallerie Rafael www.glassartla.com
Backsplash Squares
Backsplash Squares
Gallerie Rafael www.glassartla.com
Backsplash
Backsplash
Gallerie Rafael www.glassartla.com
Canyon Breeze
Canyon Breeze
Gallerie Rafael www.glassartla.com
Dreamer
Dreamer
Gallerie Rafael www.glassartla.com
Expression
Expression
Gallerie Rafael www.glassartla.com
Elegance
Elegance
Gallerie Rafael www.glassartla.com
Sundance
Sundance
Gallerie Rafael www.glassartla.com
Sedona Platter
Sedona Platter
Gallerie Rafael www.glassartla.com
Platter
Platter
Gallerie Rafael www.glassartla.com
Circle of Nature
Circle of Nature
Gallerie Rafael www.glassartla.com

Hall House, Mark Hall Architect 1981

Hall House, Mark Hall Architect 1981
Hall House, Mark Hall Architect 1981
The Hall Residence. MW Hall Corporation, Architects came on the market today (2-8-11), listed at $1,150,000. Located at 3711 Prestwick Drive in Los Feliz. Michael Maguire, KW Beverly Hills has the listing. Here are Michael's comments on the house: "Designed to reflect the urban development of the Hollywood Hills, this 2010 restoration has kept true to the architect's intent, balancing pure artistic relevance with modern upgrades and enhancements. Hall's original vision of blurring indoor and outdoor space is maximized by a living area that continues outdoors to a sizable deck offering a spectacular view of the Hollywood Hills and surrounding city lights. This architectural concept is reiterated in the brand new kitchen which also flows onto another outdoor deck, offering an equally incredible view with more space for outdoor living and dining. Above the main floor sits the master suite along with an incredible en-suite bath. A second bedroom on the first floor is adjacent to a second bath, laundry and built-in storage space. Just steps away from Griffith Park and Los Feliz Village."
Hall House, Mark Hall Architect 1981
Hall House, Mark Hall Architect 1981
"Hall's original vision of blurring indoor and outdoor space is maximized by a living area that continues outdoors to a sizable deck offering a spectacular view of the Hollywood Hills and surrounding city lights."
Hall House, Mark Hall Architect 1981
Hall House, Mark Hall Architect 1981

Hall House, Mark Hall Architect 1981
Hall House, Mark Hall Architect 1981

Hall House, Mark Hall Architect 1981
Hall House, Mark Hall Architect 1981

Hall House, Mark Hall Architect 1981
Hall House, Mark Hall Architect 1981

Albers Residence, Nomland & Nomland Architects 1955

Albers Residence, Nomland & Nomland Architects 1955
Albers Residence, Nomland & Nomland Architects 1955
Albers Residence, Nomland & Nomland Architects 1955
Albers Residence, Nomland & Nomland Architects 1955
Albers Residence, Nomland & Nomland Architects 1955

Albers Residence, Nomland & Nomland Architects 1955
Albers Residence, Nomland & Nomland Architects 1955

Albers Residence, Nomland & Nomland Architects 1955
Albers Residence, Nomland & Nomland Architects 1955

Tryon Castle; c.1928 Celebrity-owned home is For Sale

Tryon Castle
Tryon Castle
Tryon Castle: the Grand Staircase
Tryon Castle
Tryon Castle

Tryon Castle c.1928
Tryon Castle c.1928
Tryon Castle: View from Tryon Road.
Tryon Castle c.1928
Tryon Castle c.1928

Tryon Castle c.1928
Tryon Castle c.1928

Tryon Castle c.1928
Tryon Castle c.1928
The Master Bathroom.

Villa de Liones

Villa de Liones c.2000
Villa de Liones c.2000
Villa de Liones, a Beux-Arts Tuscan-style villa would appear to have been built in the 1920's during the heyday of classical architecture in Los Feliz, however it was built in 2000. An impressive monument in the 'Hearst Castle manner', the home boasts a two-story entry, six bedrooms and 6.5 baths, wood-paneled library, magnificent public rooms, a home theatre, pool, spa and gazebo, with plenty of classical balustrades and statues thrown in for good measure. As of April 2006, it was listed for sale for a whopping $6,280,000. As of November 1, 2011, the house has been re-listed for sale for a (mere) $4,950,000! Located at 4601 Dundee Drive.
Villa de Liones, c.2000
Villa de Liones, c.2000

Villa de Liones c.2000
Villa de Liones c.2000

Villa de Liones,c.2000
Villa de Liones,c.2000

Villa de Liones c.2000
Villa de Liones c.2000

Villa de Liones c.2000
Villa de Liones c.2000

Villa de Liones c.2000
Villa de Liones c.2000

Villa de Liones c.2000
Villa de Liones c.2000

Villa de Liones c.2000
Villa de Liones c.2000

Ralph D. Brown Residence, Phil Brown, Architect, 1963

Ralph Brown Residence, Phil Brown, architect, 1963
Ralph Brown Residence, Phil Brown, architect, 1963
Ralph Brown Residence, Phil Brown, architect, 1963.. Located at 5699 Holly Oak Drive.
Ralph Brown Residence, Phil Brown, Architect, 1963
Ralph Brown Residence, Phil Brown, Architect, 1963
Ralph Brown Residence, Phil Brown, Architect, 1963.  Located at 5699 Holly Oak Drive.
Ralph Brown Residence, Phil Brown, Architect, 1963
Ralph Brown Residence, Phil Brown, Architect, 1963
Ralph Brown Residence, Phil Brown, Architect, 1963
Ralph Brown Residence, Phil Brown, Architect, 1963
Ralph Brown Residence, Phil Brown, Architect, 1963
Ralph Brown Residence, Phil Brown, Architect, 1963

Boston House, C.J. Smale, Architect 1924

Boston House, C.J.Smale, Architect 1924
Boston House, C.J.Smale, Architect 1924

Boston House, C.J. Smale,  Architect 1924
Boston House, C.J. Smale, Architect 1924

Boston House, C.J. Smale, Architect 1924
Boston House, C.J. Smale, Architect 1924

Boston House, C.J. Smale, Architect 1924
Boston House, C.J. Smale, Architect 1924

Boston House, C.J. Smale, Architect 1924
Boston House, C.J. Smale, Architect 1924

Boston House,C.J. Smale , Architect 1924
Boston House,C.J. Smale , Architect 1924

Boston House, C.J. Smale, Architect 1924
Boston House, C.J. Smale, Architect 1924

Boston House, C.J. Smale, Architect 1924
Boston House, C.J. Smale, Architect 1924

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