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17a 839 West Adams Blvd (E) by Kansas Sebastian on Flickr.


St James Park National Register Historic District No. 91001387, 09/27/91
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 456, 10/24/1989
University Park Los Angeles Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ)
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Ezra T Stimson Residence, 1901
839 West Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
St James Park Tract, Lots 7, 8, and portion of 9
Frederick Roehrig

A 1905 Los Angeles Harold profile of the Ezra T Stimson Residence describes the house this way: “Among the many beautiful and stately homes that adorn the fashionable West End, Is the imposing residence of E. T. Stlmson, located at 825 West Adams street —a residence that is pointed out to visitors as one of the most substantial abodes of elegance and good taste in Los Angeles.” The tall gables, heavy timbering, and stone facing of this Tudor Revival mansion made it an attractive addition to Adams Boulevard.

The architect, Frederick Louis Roehrig, was prolific and versitile designing many mansion for wealthy clients thoughout Los Angeles and Pasadena, in Victorian (Queen Anne and Shingle Style), Craftsman, Neoclassical, and even Art Deco in his later years. Ezra T Stimson was the son of capitolist Thomas D Stimson, a lumber and banking millionaire. The T D Stimson mansion is located around the corner on Figueroa St. E T Stimson became president of the Stimson Mill, Co.

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07c Palm Springs - The Willows Historic Inn (E) by Kansas Sebastian on Flickr.

Testing this out

Via Flickr:
Palm Springs Historic Landmark No. 34
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The Willows Historic Inn, 1924
Dow and Richards
412 W Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs

While looking for a Heineman on Tahquiz Canyon Way, which appears to have been demolished, I turned around to find this lovely Mediterranean Revival Villa. Once the Winter home of New York Lawyer Samuel Untermyer, it is now a charming and lovely inn. Although it’s described as Mediterranean, I initially saw it as Spanish. It just goes to show that style is in the eye of the beholder.

- Kansas Sebastian
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Samuel Untermyer (March 6, 1858 – March 16, 1940), also known as Samuel Untermeyer [1] was a Jewish-American lawyer and civic leader as well as a self-made millionaire. He was born in Lynchburg, Virginia but after the death of his father the family moved to New York where he studied law. After admission to the bar, he soon gained fame as a lawyer, focusing on corporate law, and became recognized as a civic leader, frequently attending the Democratic National Convention as a delegate.

Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Untermyer

02b Newcom (Melsek) House - NRHP-82002198 (E) by Kansas Sebastian on Flickr.


National Register of Historic Places No. 82002198, September 2, 1982
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House, 1914
Southwest corner of Orange Grove Boulevard ad El Molino Avenue
675-677 El Molino Avenue

A huge airplane bungalow on a boulder base.

Architecture in Los Angeles: A Compleat Guide
David Gebhard and Robert Winter
North Pasadena, No. 6

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07b G W E Griffith House (E) by Kansas Sebastian on Flickr.


Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 374, Added 07/15/1988

G W E Griffith House, ca. 1910
1915 Echo St

“Colonial Revival aain but this time made californian with Islamic arches.”

Architecture in Los Angeles: A Compleat Guide
David Gebhart and Robert Winters
Highland Park, No. 12

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00 - WAHA Annual Holiday Tour - Monuments for the Millennium (E) by Kansas Sebastian on Flickr.


The C. C. Gibbons Residence ready for her debut.
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On October 5, 1995, Greg and I realized our dream of owning a Victorian. When we bought the house at 1915 S. Oxford Avenue in Los Angeles’ Historic West Adams District, the house was nearly ready to fall down.

Over a five-year period we put o a new roof, reinforced the foundation, rewired the entire house, upgraded the plumbing, stripped paint from the wood, stripped wallpaper, replastered many of the walls, and refinished the Oak hardwood floors.

By 2000 we were ready to show off the public areas of the house, and we did it in grand style.. The neighborhood of West Adams Heights (Sugar Hill) was invited to be the host neighborhood for the 2000 West Adams Heritage Association’s annual holiday tour.

The tour was one of the most wonderful experiences of our lives, and the most exausting. To get the house ready we decked it out with velvet curtains (made by me), finished up the master bedroom (plastered and painted), and completed the library (stripped the wood and restained). We trimmed the house with fresh garland, cinimon, and pine cones. Having grown up in a tract house, this was certainly a new tradition for us.

Greg hung the last picture and raced upstairs to dress, just as the first tour group arrived..

We sold the grand dam after seven years of restoration. We were tired, and we wanted our lives back. Years of coming home to paint and patch day after day had taken its toll.

We’ll always miss this house. It was a great experience. But next time we buy an historic house, we’ll do it when we have enough cash in the bank to restore it properly, before we move in!

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