Architectural treasures lost, Los Angeles…
Designed by Roy Seldon Price, Dias Dorados – residence of the father of the studio system, Thomas H. Ince. Torn down by developers in the 1940s:
Designed by Johnson, Kaufman and Coate 1922 – Meyer House, Beverly Hills – I can’t find recent records, but if this one still exists please let me know.
Pickfair – razed by Meshulam Riklis and Pia Zadora:
Fred Thomson and Francis Marion estate (The Enchanted Hill)–a magnificent house on 24 acres designed by Wallace Neff–razed by Paul Allen:
I could go on and on but it’s too disheartening. Until 2011 and the debacle (albeit it had a happy ending) with Richard Neutra’s Kronish house, Beverly Hills has allowed it’s architectural and cultural heritage to be vandalized and wiped from the earth. And, yes — we have extremely strong opinions on this one, kittens. It’s a crying shame and more needs to be done. In the meantime, feast your eyes on absolute gems preserved (alas, many of them only in photographs) in the perfectly beguiling two volume work of author and historian Houses of Los Angeles, 1885-1919 (Urban Domestic Architecture Series, Vol. 1): Sam Watters: 9780926494305: Amazon.com: Books and
Houses of Los Angeles, 1920-1935 (Urban Domestic Architecture): Sam Watters: 9780926494312: Amazon.com: Books.