Since its creation in 1976, the Windsor Square Historical Society Hancock Park researched the history of local homes in the neighborhood. Recently, the company started working on a book bringing together all the research it has collected over the years. And in preparation, members are revisiting their treasure trove of research files and have begun to transcribe and publish some of them on the Society’s website. website. Company President Richard Battaglia shared some of the research with members this week and gave us additional permission to share their posts with Buzz readers. As members of society, we have learned to do historical research on our own homes and other local properties, so we are delighted that this information is becoming more and more available – it’s great fun to know more on these beautiful homes.
Plymouth Boulevard. The residence pictured above is a prime example of Italian Renaissance design, according to the Society. Below is his description of the house.
“The design source for this house can be found in the work of Italian architect Andre Palldio (1508-1580), who is best known for the large country houses and public buildings in Vincenza and the surrounding countryside. His treatise, “The Four Books of Architecture”, was the most influential publication on architecture during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Its buildings continue to be a source of inspiration for architects interested in neoclassical design.
The main features of the 425 S. Plymouth House that are Palladian include the recessed central portion of the façade which is flanked by slightly protruding wings. The facade of the house is divided into four layers, the basement (the terrace level), the ground floor, the noble piano (second floor) and the attic. The roof is pulled over the central part of the house to allow the introduction of the three small rectangular dormers which formed the main element of the attic level. This unique characteristic is also an important element of Villa Godi.
The circular windows of the recessed porch and the washer plates on the second floor were a popular motif found in many of Palladio’s compositions such as the Palazzio della Ragione in Vincena.
The dramatic neoclassical urn and garlands that are executed in bas-relief on the first-floor windows relate to the lavish wall designs used by Palladio as a relief with the appearance normally cut off from his buildings. At Villa Babaro, large-scale bas-relief fruit scallops, monumental figures and various classical elements provide superabundant surface decoration to a semicircular wall that forms the background of a large nymphaeum basin .
Visit the Historical Observer tab on the company website for more information on this house.
Built in 1926, this graceful, simple yet elegant Andalusian-style house was designed by Roland Coate for Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Fudger, according to local architectural historian and real estate agent Bret Parsons, who published a book on Mr. Coate last year. and posted this article:
Mr. Coate’s designs were skillfully executed in several notable homes in Pasadena, Beverly Hills, and Hancock Park. The Fudger House is a triumph of the Spanish Colonial Revival style. It has been examined with extensive photographic layout in Architectural Digest in 1928 and in Arts and Architecture the following year. Both publications praised the charm of the exterior access, walled gardens, lacy iron balconies and roughly-sided beams. golf courses are surprising for an urban property.
As the living rooms open onto gardens to the side and rear of the property, the service courtyard faces the street, but is protected by a high wall and a double row of trees, producing a effect which gives beauty and unity of composition to a utility.
In 1936, Howard Hughes bought this house and lived there for 15 years, “his happiest years… his cinematic period… 15 years in which Hughes designed, built and piloted record planes as well as produced films. hollywood ”. Another article refers to Mr. Hughes as “a beautiful rake linked by columnists to a mind-boggling list of female stars.” It started with Billy Dove and spread to figures such as Ginger Rogers, Katherine Hepburn, Ida Lupino, Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner, Jane Russell, Jean Simmons, Mitzi Gaynor, Jean Harlow, Gina Lollobrigida, Zizi Jeanmearie, Sophia Loren and finally Jean Peters, whom he married, and Terry Moore, who says he married her first. The “mansion is considered to be the only house in which Hughes has ever lived and also owned”.
In addition to research, the company has organized events with local historians and authors. Earlier this week, Ken Bernstein, who heads the city’s Office of Historical Resources, spoke to members of society and guests about his new book, Preserve LA. : How Historic Places Can Transform American Cities. The book documents how Los Angeles led the nation in historic preservation and explains how other cities can do the same. Bernstein noted that only 2% of the city is protected by historical guidelines. But these historic resources are of incredible value to the entire Los Angeles community and we are fortunate to live in and among these irreplaceable properties. Click on here to listen to a recording of Mr. Bernstein’s speech.
The Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society welcomes all those interested in its mission to raise awareness and the importance of preserving our historic neighborhoods. Membership is $ 25 for students, $ 45 for individuals, $ 65 for couples or families. Click on here to learn more.