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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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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528 So. Plymouth Boulevard, Windsor Square

This house was built in 1926 for Lee Mantle.  David F. Picker served as both the architect and contractor.  The building permit states an estimated construction value of $20,000 for the 11-room residence. Unfortunately, not much is known about Mr. Picker or his client.  However, research indicates that in 1926, Mr. Mantle purchased the land…

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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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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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