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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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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449 No. McCadden Place, Hancock Park

Mr. Maurice I. Alfred was among the first to build a home on the block.  He purchased and built this beautifully tranquil home in 1925.  Unfortunately, research has not revealed an architect for this house.  The building contractor, M. Burghbacher (of 393 W. 42nd Street), was credited for building the Vermont Square Methodist Church in…

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420 No. McCadden Place, Hancock Park

The property was purchased in 1925 by John W. Sullivan, who possibly held it as an investment until 1927.  The 1925 county tax records indicated the value of the land (for tax purposes) at $1,880 when purchased; then, valued it at $4,080 when Sullivan sold it.  It was not uncommon for investors to purchase property…

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INSIDE HANCOCK PARK

Larchmont Chronicle pioneer and historical society co-founder, Jane Gilman has written a book about what she knows best, Hancock Park. She puts Hancock Park into the palm of your hand with ease and grace. This is a sweet book that would be a great gift for the holidays. Each book will be purchased directly by…

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