1935, Hancock Park, Los Angeles, California
While the Georgian Colonial and Federal Revival styles had been popular in California from the late 1800s, they competed with more romantic and exotic European designs until the Depression encouraged a focus on time-honored American traditions.
The Glen/Gindler House in fashionable Hancock Park shows a conservative face to the street. Inside, Williams’ carefully sequenced spaces, meticulous details and precisely orchestrated relationship between the interior and garden provide a sensuous, sophisticated and distinctive Southern California experience. The front door, recessed within a shallow entry, opens to a view framed by arches through the dining room to the garden. The foyer with its elegant spiral staircase opens to a paneled library, a passage to the back hall, butler’s pantry, kitchen, breakfast room and maid’s room and on the right to the spacious living room. Originally, this room and the dining room led to a now enclosed covered patio and the garden through double sets of multi-paned pocket doors. The upper foyer leads to the master bedroom and three other bedrooms, three baths, four dressing rooms, a linen room, a curved back stair and a secluded terrace. Every room and passage features fluted and paneled woodwork that includes an abundance of concealed closets and cabinets.
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