For all its wealth and status Beverly Hills just doesn’t do much for me architecturally. With some notable residential exceptions of course, most of the homes “north of the tracks” just don’t stand out much less hold a candle to those that can be found in, say, Los Angeles’ West Adams, Hancock Park or Angelino Heights districts. But then there’s this wonderful and beloved anomaly at the corner of Carmelita Avenue and Walden Drive in the 90210 (click to triplify):
Having been undergoing exterior renovations since as far back as I can remember (which would be February 2006) and maybe longer, my wife and I found the famed storybook-style residence looking really good again when we detoured to cruise by it yesterday on the way to the Hammer Museum to say hello to the awesome Dr. Pozzi there (thanks to Julia’s excellent suggestion).
Informally known as the Witch’s House I found (via a 2005 L.A. Times article on the genre) it is officially refered to as the Spadena House and that it was originally built in 1921 in Culver City for a silent film studio there and then moved to its present location in 1934 where it’s been a private residence ever since. When its second owners but it on the market in 1997 all prospective buyers wanted to do was tear it down and put up a McTuscan monstrocity, so real estate agent Michael Libow paid the $1.3-million sticker price and came not to bury the sagging fabled gables but to raise them. Bless him.