Category Archives: Then & Now

Then & Now – 4447 Cromwell Avenue

Thanks to the ever-fabulous Curbed L.A., I was tipped off tonight that one of my favorite Wallace Neff houses, the A.L. Schoenborn Residence (1924) in Los Feliz has just come on the market for $2,750,000. This is a relatively early Neff … Continue reading

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Before the Birdhouse – Some Early Mellenthin Homes

If you know anything about San Fernando Valley real estate then you know the name William Mellenthin (1896-1979) is a magic one. One of the Valley’s pioneer developers, Mellenthin was responsible for constructing literally hundreds of homes throughout Valley (and elsewhere) … Continue reading

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Then and Now – The Tedfords of Rexford – 1004 North Rexford Drive

The area north of Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills was set aside by its founders as the “estate” area and it was in this district that the largest and grandest homes were constructed including their own mammoth estates. Even the … Continue reading

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Big Architects, Small Commissions – Gordon B. Kaufmann Does A Little Shopping (Center) in Glendale

In the acting profession there’s an old axiom that goes something like “no small parts only small actors.” The same is just as true for architects. In the hands of a talented architect even the most innocuous little building, be … Continue reading

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Then and Now – 345 St. Pierre Road

On Friday the Wall Street Journal reported that one of the great old mansions from silent-era Hollywood has come on the market for an asking price of $13,800,000. For me, this was exciting news as I have always considered the Spanish-styled … Continue reading

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A Sophisticated Georgian Manor in the Hills of Bel-Air

In his nearly half century of architectural practice, Douglas Honnold F.A.I.A. (1901-74) left an impressive legacy of design throughout Southern California, both singularly and in partnership with others such as George Vernon Russell; John Rex and John Lautner with a … Continue reading

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Blessed Buildings – St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral

After last Easter Sunday’s post on some early Hollywood churches, I realized I was merely scratching the surface when it came to the many beautiful and historic churches and synagogues found throughout Southern California. There are so many of them, … Continue reading

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Then and Now – 1100 Bel-Air Road

It was so exciting to learn yesterday from the ever-on-top-of-things Real Estalker that the great Mid-Century estate at 1100 Bel-Air Road has come up for sale not only because it was the longtime base of the legendary Art Linkletter, but also … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Old Old Spaghetti Factory Building 1924-2012

Yesterday a demolition crew pretty had much wiped out all that remained of the decrepit old Old Spaghetti Factory Building at 5939 Sunset Boulevard at the corner of Gordon Street. For years the building had been shuttered pending plans to build … Continue reading

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Then and Now – 2400 Inverness Avenue Los Feliz

I’m a big fan of Curbed L.A. for so many different reasons, but one of them is they are always on top of finding interesting houses for sale including their post yesterday on the wonderful Spanish home that just came on … Continue reading

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