French Revival Residence in Holmby Hills
This house was originally built in 1937 on top of a large grassy knoll in Holmby Hills. Although eclectic in style, this predominantly French Revival style house was typical for the area in that time period, and has often been mistakenly confused as a house by Paul Williams, one of the top “Architect to the Stars” practicing in Los Angeles throughout the Golden Age of Hollywood. With these types of houses, Williams freely mixed a little French, a little Art Deco, a little Georgian, and a little Streamlined Moderne to impart a feeling of that era’s current glamour, yet still founded in historical precedents.
Our worked involved adding on to the house, rearranging much of the plan, and getting rid of several “mistakes” others had done to the house in the past, while simultaneously restoring the best original parts of the house that were still intact. Much of the site work was rearranged as well.
All of the original steel windows were restored and painted a dark grey/black and many of the interior design details are variations of a black/white/grey color scheme and were inspired by Art Deco and Streamline Moderne details of the 1930’s such as the black and white checkerboard Entry floor, the black and white millwork in the Guest Suite, black ornate wrought iron detailing, and the lacquered black wall paneling and antique mirrors in the hidden Speakeasy…….which is accessed by a secret door that looks like a bookcase. The Pool House was re-envisioned as an East Coast Tennis Club with its painted bead board and its lush green tropical wallpaper.