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Considered to be one of the most beautiful homes in Los Angeles, the Samuel-Novarro house is featured on the cover of The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. (see pic).
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. this an architectural landmark (No. 130). The plaque on the house reads SAMUEL-NOVARRO HOUSE, 1928, AN ART DECO MASTERPIECE REFLECTING A GREAT ERA OF HOLLYWOOD CINEMA. DECLARED HISTORICAL CULTURAL MONUMENT NO.130 CULTURAL HERITAGE BOARD. MUNICIPAL ARTS DEPARTMENT - CITY OF LOS ANGELES
Wright originally designed the home for Louis Samuel, the business manager/companion of silent-movie star Ramon (Ben Hur, Mata Hari)Novarro. Upon learning Samuel was embezzling funds from Novarro (or did he just invest badly? The story changes from source to source), Wright threatened Samuel to remedy the situation. and Samuel handed the lavish home to Novarro for ownership. Novarro wanted to kick it up another level of lavishness and had Mr. Wright brought back to expand - add a piano room (where Ramon Novarro would play for guests - in the nude!) - a larger master bedroom and a very private pool.
And the wealth of Hollywood History doesn't stop there. Besides being the home of silent-movie heart-throb Novarro, actress Diane Keaton (The Godfather, Annie Hall) also called it home. In fact she conspired with Josh Schweitzer to remodel the interior. Before Ms. Keaton, there was legendary American composer Leonard Bernstein (West side Story, On the Town) who worked with legendary American theater producer, director, and choreographer Jerome Robbins (West side Story, On the Town) at the house. They moved there to work on the movie adaptation of Broadway musical On the Town. Actress Christina Ricci (Beetlejuice, Addams Family, Monster, The Opposite of Sex) was also a former owner. Writer/director Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Big, Dave, Pleasanvtille), legendary art director Cedric Gibbons (The Wizard of Oz, An American in Paris, The Asphalt Jungle, The Thin Man), and famous comedian duo Betty Comden and Adolph Green - all former owners or tenants.
When it comes to modern and contemporary architecture, Los Angeles would have to be considered one of the richest in the world.
This house is usually featured in any book celebrating the the rich residential architecture of Los Angeles. Following is a list of print references in both books and periodicals.
LLOYD WRIGHT, The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright Jr. Allan Weintraub, (1998), Cover is Samuel-Novarro House, Pg 114-129.
L.A.MODERN. (2008), "Samuels-Novarro House", Text and photography by Tim Street Porter. (erroneously spelled Samuels-Novarro instead of Samuel-Novarro) Pg 60-63.
HOUSES OF LOS ANGELES, 1920-1935 (October1,2007) Samuel-Novarro House, by Sam Watters. Pg. 188-197.
LAND-MARK L.A. Historic-Cultural Monuments of Los Angeles, (June,2003, Jeffery Herr. Page 122.
OLDHOUSEJOURNALNovDec2000. Historic Houses. Pg 90.
LOS ANGELES HOUSE, (April11th,1995) also erroneously-named Samuels-Novarro (should be Samuel-Novarro - no "s") Tim Street Porter photography and text. 108-111. 205
LANDMARKS OF LOS ANGELES. (1994) (featured on the cover). By Patrick McGrew and Robert Julian. Pg 166, 168.
THE ARCHITECTURE OF LOS ANGELES, (1981) by Paul Gleye in collaboration, with the Los Angeles Conservancy, Julius Shulman and Bruce Boehner. Pg 120, 141
THE DREAM COME TRUE: GREAT HOUSES OF LOS ANGELES. (1980) Brendan Gill. Pg 96-99. Text and picture clearly reference the Samuel-Novarro house but it is erroneously identified as The Taggart House - another house designed by Lloyd Wright.
This house has been mentioned and/or featured in ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST at least 3 times.
ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST (May, 1993)"ARCHITECTURE: RECONSIDERING LLOYD WRIGHT, A Brilliant Legacy of Residential Design Endures" in Los Angeles" Pg 44, 50, 52, 56. "Lloyd designed handsome commercial structures, and such popular public edifices as the Hollywood Bowl, but his architectural genius was best realized in three Los Angeles houses: the Sowden House (1926), the Samuel-Novarro House (1928) and his own studio/house (1927)." These buildings epitomized his talent of merging his own brand of Expressionism, akin to contemporary European development, with his and his father's interest in Southwest Indian cultures."
ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST, (April 1994) "HOLLYWOOD-AT-HOME" issue, featuring "RAMON NOVARRO: A SCREEN IDOL'S LLOYD WRIGHT HOUSE." Pg 176-183, 279.
ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST (July 1995), "POLISHING A JEWEL BY LLOYD WRIGHT." (mentioned in reference to the Warwick Evans House, another home designed by Lloyd Wright.)
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN 43 (April 1972) "Exhibitions: Lloyd Wright" , University of California, Santa Barbara.
AN ARCHITECTURAL GUIDEBOOK TO LOS ANGELES. (Sept. 2003) Erroneously-named Samuels-Novarro House (should be Samuel-Novarro, not Samuels), Pg 192. David Gebhard and Robert Winter.
LLOYD WRIGHT ARCHITECT: 20TH CENTURY ARCHITECTURE IN AN ORGANIC EXHIBITION. (1971) Santa Barbara University of California. Gebhard, David & Harriette Von Breton. 30, 42-43.
ARCHITECTURAL RECORD, (Sept, 1991), Keaton House, Los Angeles, California, 22nd Annual Record Interiors Awards issue. (featured). 126-133
ARTS & ARCHITECTURE, (Oct. 1966). Lloyd Wright by Esther McCoy. Article featuring Lloyd Wright. Pg 23, 25
CALIFORNIA ARTS & ARCHITECTURE 44, (July, 1933). An article titled "The Hillside Home of Ramon Novarro, a Unique Setting " by A.B Cutts Jr.
And also well-documented in the Lloyd Wright Collection in the Arts Library at the University of California at Los Angeles.
ARCHITECTURE 65 (June 1932).
"Habitation en Californie, Lloyd Wright, Architecte." LARCHITECTURE D'AUJOURDI'HUI 10 . (February, 1939) 24-25.
ARCHITECTURAL RECORD 67 (June 1930) - "THE SAMUEL HOUSE, LOS ANGELES" by Pauline Schindler (Schindler was an American composer, educator, editor, and arts promoter and aficionado of modern architecture. And wife of noted architect Rudolph Schindler.) 525-530.
I'm in the movie biz. Writer of Ruthless People, writer/producer of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and writer/producer of My Cousin Vinny.
Owner/Manager purchased this house in 2014
I love vacationing in great homes. It just makes the holiday that much more special. And when this came up for sale I thought it would be an awesome opportunity.
I just know when I look over lists of vacation rentals that I see some big homes, but nothing that hits me over the head and says "I have to say there!" - which is what this house does for me.
Privacy, location, design. A unbelievably cool house with a lot of Hollywood history. And an architectural landmark.
Dale is an amazing property manager - who met us at the property - gave us a personal tour complete with background, history and some amazing stories as well. He is quick to respond and attend to matters that may arise. The refrigerator stopped working and Dale had it fixed in a day. He set up additional fans to help during our group meetings and socials and provided all the necessities we could imagine. Its a top notch location. We highly recommend staying here.
Franklin Village - one of the coolest little neighborhoods in L.A.
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