This charming cottage was built by Frederick Hanson as his primary residence and occupied by his widow until her death in 2008. Designed in the French Normandy style with high hip roofs, protruding entry gable, and façade of hand-troweled stucco with stone veneer, the residence is a rare unmodified example of the Hollywood “Storybook House.” The main floor includes a dramatic two-story living room with tall arched ceiling, peaked interior doors and fireplace, formal dining room, 1 bedroom, 1 bath and updated kitchen. Upstairs is a converted attic which serves as a guest bedroom with exposed original beams and flooring. Throughout, custom windows of wood, light casement, fixed pane, leaded glass, and stained leaded glass from Italy. Surrounded by 100+ year old eucalyptus trees, the entry courtyard with stone paving and landscape is a delightful approach.
Frederick Hanson was the principal architect for Forest Lawn and was responsible for the Great Mausoleum and the Wee Kirk O’Heather Chapel. He designed several “Storybook Homes” in the Oaks and above the Hollywood Oasis in the 1920’s.
From the 1927 Sunset Magazine article about the Hanson Residence – “Machines and speed we must have of course, in our work-a-day world, but blessed be those who can return at nightfall to homes that have been fashioned by hands. Individuality has found interesting expression in this unusual little canyon cote.”