This weekend I was digging for landscape inspiration on Pinterest when I stumbled upon this jaw dropping 1930s Colonial Revival located in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. Originally designed by the illustrious Paul Williams, the home had been badly neglected over the years until architect Richard Manion, interior designer Craig Wright, and landscape architect Daniel Busbin brought it back to life.
They expanded the house and restored the original Moderne interiors with Art Deco furnishings exuding elegance and grace. Influenced by 1930s Hollywood glamour, they brought back white-painted brickwork, Chippendale-style railings and decorative details from the streamlined era. Featured in Architectural Digest, the 11,329 square foot, 7 bedroom, 11 bathroom manse is situated on one acre of exclusive land, and it was listed for sale in 2011. Today’s tour includes images from Manion’s website and from the old real estate listing as captured by Pricey Pads.
I also enjoyed learning about Paul Williams, one of the most celebrated architects of his generation and the first African-American member of the American Institute of Architects. Williams designed over 3,000 projects, including the Jet Age Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport, Saks Fifth Avenue, and W. & J. Sloane’s department stores in Beverly Hills, the famous Beverly Hills and Ambassador hotels, and restaurants including Chasen’s and Perino’s. He also designed mansions for Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Tyrone Power, William “Bojangles” Robinson, Lon Chaney, and other entertainers. Let’s take a tour of this spectacular masterpiece!