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The DeLeeuw Residence

The DeLeeuw Residence in Palos Verdes Estates was built in 1965 by architects Young and Remington. The architects have quite a resume, designing clean, modern commercial and residential properties in the South Bay. But they also did expansion work for the original El Cholo on Western Ave. in Los Angeles (I confirmed this on a…

“Mostly Books” on Wilshire

The vintage photo was taken in 1979 when the once residential property was a bookstore called “Mostly Books”. The building has not changed much, but the surroundings on Wilshire near Wilton certainly have. Most interestingly, the photo was taken by Annie Laskey, the 15-year old daughter (and budding photographer) of Marlene Laskey. Marlene was an…

Henry Gesner

Henry Gesner – Hollywood Hills

Harry Gesner, a surfer, WW2 vet, and self-taught tradesman, designed for clients seeking modern, adventurous homes. This bachelor pad in the Hollywood Hills was built in 1954 for Fred Cole, a women’s swimsuit designer. Gesner took cues from Polynesian huts and Cole used the residence for many of his swimsuit photo shoots. Use the sliders…

The Beck House

A rare warehouse conversion in Hermosa Beach. Note the ESS at right of vintage photo, that was the name of the circuit board manufacturer that owned the building up until 1999. The current owner re-designed as an artistic / loft-like single family residence. It’s now zoned single family, so don’t get any wild ideas about…

The Heim house

The Heim House

The Heim House, built in 1887, in a photo from 1980 and today. One of the iconic Victorian residences on Carroll Avenue in Angelino Heights. Once the home of Ferdinand Heim, a brewer who owned several saloons in Los Angeles. Continue to swipe to see interesting advertisements from 1901 – 1903 for “help wanted” /…

R.E. Ibbetson House, 1889 West Adams Blvd., Los Angeles

R.E. Ibbetson House, 1889

West Adams Blvd At the time the vintage photo was taken in 1980, the Victorian residence was owned by Douglas Carlton, an engineer and preservationist who was director of “Keep Old Los Angeles”, which he claimed help save the Wiltern and other significant LA Landmarks. He ran for mayor twice, bolstered by a group called…

The Buck House

Not much has changed since this photo was taken in 1995 by Carol Westwood other than auto design. The Buck House by Rudolf Schindler, 1934, is located near LACMA and is Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 122. To see our entire list of Los Angeles Historic Homes, Then & Now Click the link!

Lewis Stones house 1920s

Home of Lewis Stone – Wilton Historic District

This 1908 Classical Revival in the Wilton Historic District still has its fluted columns, only the garden looks more modern. The architect is unknown, but Lewis Stone, the famous stage and screen star, lived here in the 1920’s. Stone was a contract player for MGM for 29 years, a record for any artist to one…

Historic La Homes - Wilshire Park 1917

Then & Now – Wilshire Park Colonial Revival, 1917 (100th Birthday!)

Los Angeles has a rich & unique history of homes and architecture. It may not be obvious, but the homes we drive by everyday in LA often carry amazing stories of the interesting people that built and lived in them. Using the slider below, you can see how this 1917 Colonial Revival in the Wilshire…

The Ernst House by Architect Gregory Ain

The Ansalem A. Ernst House by Architect Gregory Ain has listed for $1,799,000 in the Los Feliz Oaks. First time on market in over twenty years, this iconic home is LA Historic-Cultural Monument No. 840. The house, built in 1937,  is in original condition and does require restoration. The location is lovely, with canyon views…