454 So. Windsor Boulevard, Windsor Square

Windsor Square, Hancock Park and Fremont Place have traditionally valued solitude, privacy and anonymity which might explain why the area is not a mecca for Hollywood personalities whose life styles call for public attention. In earlier days, however, some of Hollywood’s biggest stars lived in the neighborhood including Mary Pickford, John Barrymore, Harold Lloyd, Lewis…

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455 So. Lorraine Boulevard

Architects:  J. Martyn Haenke, William Dodd, Julia Morgan When architects J. Martyn Haenke, William Dodd, and Julia Morgan designed this house for Dr. Peter Janss in 1913, Beaux-Arts was the last word in design.  Julia Morgan‘s most famous designs and collaborations are the Fairmont Hotel, the Hopi gift shop at the Grand Canyon, and numerous projects…

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601 So. Lorraine Boulevard, Windsor Square

The Lee Chases are only the second owners of the Paul Williams’ designed, two-story French Normandy home built in 1932 for the William Collins family.  The house has five bedrooms, five baths, a three-room basement and a full attic.  Mr. and Mrs. Chase purchased the home in 1967 after it sat vacant for seven years.…

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325 So. Plymouth Boulevard, Windsor Square

Augusta A. and Mary Leona Nelson are listed as the first owners of the property in 1919.  Mrs. Mary L. Nelson was one of the founding members of the ladies’ auxiliary branch of the Ocean Queen Rebekah Lodge, chartered August 3, 1895 in the Harbor District of Los Angeles.  The building permit lists Leona H. Tyler…

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332 So. Plymouth Boulevard

This home, an 11-room residence, was built in 1919 for Mr. Edgar S. Dulin by the Milwaukee Building Company.  The estimated cost of construction was $25,000.  Mr. Dulin was born in San Diego, educated in Los Angeles and attended the University of California.  In 1915 he started working for Blankenhorn-Hunter as a salesman in the bond…

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340 So. Plymouth Boulevard

This home was built in 1926, during a time of prosperity following World War I, at an estimated cost of $20,000 plus $2,500 for the garage and servants’ rooms. Although Old Windsor Square began its development around 1911, it was in the 1920s that Los Angeles experienced growth in enormous proportions. The lot was purchased in…

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413 No. McCadden Place, Hancock Park

This home at 413 No. McCadden Place was built in 1926 for Frank G. Sprake at an estimated cost of $10,500 by notable contractor Sanson Milligan Cooper (1858-1935), and was designed by Phil Brinckerhoff, who was working under the supervision of S. M. Cooper at the time.  While Brinckerhoff was known for designing homes in…

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425 North McCadden Place, Hancock Park

The property at 425 No. McCadden Place was valued for tax purposes at $1,650 when originally purchased in 1925 by Max Trautschold, a plasterer (who lived at 756 So. Orange Drive). This is another example of investing as he held the land until it was sold in 1927 to Harlow B. Potter who worked for…

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432 No. McCadden Place

The property at 432 No. McCadden Place was purchased in 1925 by Robert G. Stephens (valued at $1,800 for tax purposes), then sold in 1929 (valued at $4,200 for tax purposes), then sold again to Mr. Joseph Brant Banning Jr.  He was the grandson of Phineas Banning and son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Banning Sr.…

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444 No. McCadden Place

The lot was sold in 1925 to Lucy Powers and was valued at $1,800. The building permit for 444 N. McCadden Place was issued in 1926 showing William Howden, who lived at 313 No. Norton Avenue, and Rollo Howden, 332 No. Norton Avenue as the builders-owners.  Tax records do not indicate that the property or…

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