Open House Obsession: Storybook Cottage by a Master in Hollywood Hills East, $1.1MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
Where: 5867 Tuxedo Terrace, Hollywood Hills East
When: Sunday, September 11 from 2:00PM-5:00PM
What: A splendid little 2-bed, 1-bath, c.1926 Storybook Style house, built by architect Frederick A. Hanson for himself and his wife. Hanson’s best known for his work as the principal architect at Glendale’s Forest Lawn Cemetery, where he was responsible for two masterpieces of funereal kitsch, the Great Mausoleum and the Wee Kirk o’ the Heather.
His own home (designated Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #1031) is officially described as “French Normandy” but that’s just the exterior, and probably too generic a description for this eclectic fantasy in stucco, hand-troweled plaster and leaded glass. The genius of the house is in the mix– a little Gothic, a touch of Moorish, an exquisite domed foyer that could be on Mykonos, and a vaulted living room that’s one of LA’s loveliest small spaces. Hanson clearly paid a lot of attention to what went on above. Possibly because he created soaring, vaulted spaces at Forest Lawn, he wanted to live in them as well.
What We Love: Set in a walled garden, the house is surrounded by patios and ancient eucalyptus trees.
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