354 So. Windsor Boulevard – Windsor Square

354 So. Windsor Boulevard

One of the most famous names in the history of Los Angeles is that of the Van Nuys family.  Mr. Isaac Newton “I.N.” Van Nuys had a city in the San Fernando Valley named for him by his old friend Harry Chandler.  The family that owed its fortune to wheat farming were also leaders in banking.…

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343 So. Windsor Boulevard, Windsor Square

343 So. Windsor Boulevard

It is interesting to note that the contractor on the original permit, dated 1922, is the same name as the first owner, Maurice B. Korman.  One could conclude that the house is extremely well constructed as it was built by an industry professional. Mr. Korman chose SauL H. Brown as his architect.  Mr. Brown was…

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333 So. Windsor Boulevard, Windsor Square

333 So. Windsor Boulevard

This classic Mediterranean style home was built in 1914 by Mary Commons.  She hired the architectural team of Morgan, Walls & Morgan which consisted of Octavius Morgan, his son, O.M. Morgan, and J.A. Walls.  Many landmark buildings are attributed to this design team.  Octavius Morgan designed the W.P. Story Building at Sixth and Broadway, the Sisters…

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624 So. June Street, Hancock Park

624 So. June Street

This home is good example of a highly decorative version of Italian Renaissance style.  Built in 1928 for Rose and Harry Feigenbaum, it is somewhat eclectic with its Tudor arch door openings and Gothic multi-foil window deeply recessed over the front entrance.  More indicative of Italian Revival is the paneled front door faced with wrought…

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227 So. Muirfield Road, Hancock Park

The parcel was purchased in 1926 by Marion R. Gray, the first president of the Wilshire Country Club and one of its founding principals.  In 1933, the parcel was purchased by Mr. J. A. and Ella Brown, who employed Alfred I. Coffey to design this fine home.  Coffey was the City Architect of San Francisco for…

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251 So. Muirfield Road, Hancock Park

If the O’Melvenys saved Los Angeles from anonymity, the Leimerts brought its neighborhoods into the modern era.  “Family Engaged in Business for More Than (a) Century” reads a 1986 Los Angeles Times headline.  Walter H. Leimert, founder of the namesake real estate development firm, was the original owner of this gracious home on Muirfield Road.…

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317 So. Windsor Boulevard, Windsor Square

This unique home, built in 1914, was one of a select group of buildings designed by the architect B. Cooper Corbett.  Although not much is known about the architect, we do know he was a graduate of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.  He designed homes in San Francisco for John Hepburn and Charles Gordon.  In…

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Mansions, Moguls & Movie Stars Twilight Tour

September 18, 5pm to 7pm. Please join us on a fascinating twilight walk through of historic Windsor Square on September 18th from 5:00 to 7:00. Explore the architecture and learn about the current and former residents of this beautiful area right in the center of Los Angeles. This is the second in our new series…

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211 South Muirfield Road, Hancock Park

Architect:  Roland E. Coate Built 1926             This graceful, simple, yet elegant Andalusian-style home was designed by Roland Coate for Mr. & Mrs. Richard B. Fudger.  Mr. Coate’s designs were skillfully executed in several notable homes in Pasadena, Beverly Hills and Hancock Park. The Fudger home is a triumph of the Spanish Colonial Revival style.  It was…

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425 South Plymouth

THE HISTORICAL OBSERVER The Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society was founded in 1976, the bicentennial of our nation’s birth. Since then almost a thousand stately homes in both Hancock Park, Windsor Square and the surrounding environs have been painstakingly researched by volunteer members. The Historical Observer is a venue to digitally document these archives…

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