Thursday, March 31, 2011

Mountain Street French Normandy House, c.1926

Growing up in Glendale, I passed by this beautiful home a thousand times, a few blocks away from our family home on Everett Street. Located at 721 Mountain Street in Glendale's Rossmoyne neighborhood., the French Normandy castle-house is set against the foothills of the Verdugo Mountains. The house is listed in the Glendale Register of Historic Resources (GR #71).

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Chateau Beachwood, Walter C. King 1937

Classic French Normandy chateau, originally built as apartments but converted to condominiums in 1989. Greta Garbo, Marylin Monroe and Madonna called this home before they hit it big. Located at 6051-6055 Scenic Avenue in the Hollywood Hills.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Walt Disney Feature Animation Building, Robert A.M. Stern Architects 1994

Walt Disney Picture's Feature Animation Studios. Located on the campus of Disney's Burbank studio lot. The arching wedge is the building’s façade facing the Ventura Freeway; its shape a reference to the passing commuter traffic. A cone-shaped tower, an inspiration from the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, forms a part of the complex. The language of the design embraces the original concept of Kem Weber's original Animation Building (1939) now used for offices on the studio lot.

Robert A.M. Stern Architects has an impressive list of completed projects including the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts; Ohrstrom Library, St. Paul's School, Concord, New Hampshire; the Brooklyn Law School Tower, Brooklyn, New York; the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia; Bloomberg Center at the Harvard Business School; the Jones Graduate School of Business Management at Rice University; the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs at the University of Nevada; U.S. Courthouses in Beckley, West Virginia, Youngstown, Ohio, and Richmond, Virginia; the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Houston, Texas; and the Museum Center at the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut, among others.

The property can be easily seen from the Ventura Freeway, west of Forest Lawn Drive. For a closer look follow West Riverside Drive, east of Buena Vista Street, turn right on South Reese Place and right again on South Beachwood Drive. There are riding trails to your immediate right; if you turn back around to your right, you can follow the trails right up to the curving facade.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Rindge House, Frederick L. Roehrig, Designer 1906

Grand chateau-style mansion with Richardsonian Romanesque elements designed for Frederick H. Rindge, a wealthy landowner and financier with extensive holdings in the West Adams neighborhood as well as Malibu. The Rindge House in located at 2263 S. Harvard Blvd. in the West Adams district of Los Angeles. In 1972, it was declared an Historic-Cultural Monument in the City of Los Angeles (No. 95).

Van Nuys House, Frederick L. Roehrig, Architect 1898

Wilshire Ebell Theater & Club,, Sumner Hunt & Silas R. Burns, Architects 1924-27

Neoclassical in style, the Wilshire Ebell Theater and Club was designed by Sumner P. Hunt and Silas R. Burns in 1927. The Ebell of Los Angeles was founded as a non-profie woman's organization in 1894, and is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. Designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1982 (No. 250). Located at 4400 Wilshire Boulevard in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Petitfils-Boos House, Charles Plummer, Architect 1922

The Petitfils--Boos House is a Renaissance Revival style mansion in the Hancock Park section of Los Angeles, California. It was designed by Charles F. Plummer and built in 1922. In 2005, the house was added to the National Register of Historic Places based on architectural criteria.

Located at 545 S Plymouth Blvd. in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

St. Brendan's Church, Emmett Martin, Architect 1927

St. Brendan's Catholic Church was designed in the French Gothic style by Emmett Martin, of the famied Albert C. Martin family of architects, in 1927. The architect was educated in France after serving in World War I, which may have influenced the choice of style.

Located at 300 South Van Ness Avenue in the Windsor Square section of Hancock Park.

Lewis J. Stone House, c.1920

The Lewis J. Stone House is located in the Wilton Place Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ). The house combines Classical, Craftsman and Victorian elements in a harmonious composition. Located at 212 South Wilton Place.

Donovan House, Theodore Eisen c.1910 & Frank Meline 1920

Classic Greek Revival Style designed by Theodore Eisen, Walker & Eisen Architects for Mrs. Jeanette Donovan in 1910. Documents show that Architect Frank Meline added servants quarters, a garage and other alterations in 1920. The house is popularliy known as the "Sunshine House"; it was once the West Coast home of Reverend Dr. Harwood Huntington, an Episcopalian Minister from New Haven, Connecticut. His wife, Grace Beecher Goodhue Huntington, was the daughter of Charles Leonard Goodhue, of the Pullman Train Car Company.

Located at 419 S. Lorraine Blvd. in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Alternatively referred to as the "Evans Residence" Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1973 (No. 115) and ""Davidson-Evans House" (Windsor Square-Hancock Park Landmark No. 27).

Van Nuys House, Frederick L. Roehrig, Architect 1898

Colonial Revival Shingle Style, designed by Architect Frederick L. Roehrig in 1898 for Isaac Newton Van Nuys, a wheat farmer with enormous real estate holdings in the San Fernando Valley. The area where his farm once stood is now the thriving community of Van Nuys, named after him.

Located at 357 South Lorraine Boulevard in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The house was used in the movie "Cheaper by the Dozen" filmed here in 2003.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

East Entrance, Angelus Temple, A.F. Leicht, Architect 1923

The mother church of the International Church ot the Foursquare Gospel, founded by Aimee Semple McPherson. Originally, the church has a 5,300 seating capacity, well-suited for the huge crowds that the pentacostal evangelist atttracted during the denomination's early years. The concrete temple is designed in a classical style; Roman arch windows interspersed between Doric columns and a shallow dome are its most prominent features.

The church was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1992; it is located at 1100 Glendale Blvd. in Echo Park, across the street from Echo Park Lake. Photo taken in August 2007

Sunday, March 13, 2011

El Rey Theater, W. Cliff Balch, Architect 1936

El Rey Theatre is an art deco theater designed by Clifford A. Balch in 1936. The architect designed over twenty similar theatres in the Zigzag and Streamline Moderne design.
From the 1980s to the early 1990s the theater operated as a dance-music club called Wall Street. Designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1991 (No. 520). Located at 5515 Wilshire Boulevard.

Hollywood & Highland, Ehrenkrantz, Ekstut & Kuhn, Architects 2001

The retail and entertainment complex on the northwest corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Avenue pays homage to Hollywood's status as the 'world's film capital' with replicas from the D.W. Griffith silent movie, 'Interolance', filmed in 1916. The complex also houses the Hollywood/Metro Subway Station and the Kodak Theater, the permanent home of the annual Academy Awards presentation.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Michael Rotondi and John Ash, RoTo Architects 2009

RoTo Architects and the John Ash Group have just completed a piece of architecture that looks forward as well as back; RoTo principal Michael Rotondi's architectural vision picks up on the tradition of the Chinese and Egyptian theaters, set back behind forecourts that serve as gathering places before a show or to accommodate a crowd for a gala premiere.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Singleton House, Reflecting Pool, Richard Neutra, Architect, Timothy Campbell, (Remodel) 2007

Originally designed for Dr. and Mrs. Henry Singleton, the dynamic inventor-engineer and co-founder of Teledyne (in 1960). During his 30-year tenure at Teledyne, the company experienced a 25% growth rate per year over a twenty-five year period. In the Singleton House, the architect has fashioned a sophisticated, relaxing home that is in complete harmony with the site on a hilltop in Bel Air, at the end of a long, private drive. The home underwent extensive renovation and expansion under the supervison of Architectural Designer Tim Campbell in 2008 for Beverly Sassoon, and is currently for sale (June 2008, listed price: approximately $19M).

The Singleton House is located in the Bel Air community of Los Angeles, 15000 Mulholland Drive.

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.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

William Wrigley Mansion 'Tournament House' G. Lawrence Stimson, Architect 1906-1914

The formal dining room is the only room in the house that is furnished with pieces from the Wrigley era. The walls are lined with figured crotch mahogany, imported from the Phillipines (the wood is now extinct.) The painting on the right is a 1899 portrait of the 1907 Rose Queen, Joan Hadenfeldt Woodbury. The ornate plastered ceiling is known as a "Stimson" ceiling, a design detail the architect would later become famous for.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Architect Eric Lloyd Wright, Wayfarer's Chapel April 26, 2009

On Sunday, April 26, 2009, Donna and I took a drive to the Palos Verdes Peniinsula to visit the Wayfarer's Chapel and attend a lecture by Architect Eric Lloyd Wright, grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright. Eric's father, Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr. designed the chapel between 1948 and 1951. It was a real privilege to see Eric again and listen to the fascinating story of the chapel.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Architect Eric Lloyd Wright, Wayfarer's Chapel April 26, 2009

On Sunday, April 26, 2009, Donna and I took a drive to the Palos Verdes Peniinsula to visit the Wayfarer's Chapel and attend a lecture by Architect Eric Lloyd Wright, grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright. Eric's father, Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr. designed the chapel between 1948 and 1951. It was a real privilege to see Eric again and listen to the fascinating story of the chapel.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Elks Lodge No. 99, Curlett & Beelman, Architects 1923-24

Built for the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks (B.P.O.E.), this Neo-Gothic Shrine is notable for the massive sculptures adorning the corners of each wing and the upper central sections of the structure. The interiors, which were decorated by Anthony Heinsbergen must have made quite an impression on guests of the Elks Lodge during their heyday in the 20's, as they retain their grand opulence. The Grand Ballroom and Entrance Hall are especially noteworthy.