Pride of ownership is evident in this beautiful Spanish-Revival-style home at 1928 N. Western Avenue in Los Angeles’ Los Feliz neighborhood. Built in 1929, it was designed by famed architect Harry Hayden Whiteley for director Robert McGowan, who along with Hal Roach became famous in the 1920s with the success of the “Our Gang” series.
Grand-scale living room
An inviting entrance welcomes residents and guests to experience the quality craftsmanship and design throughout. A hallmark of the two-story home is a grand-scale living room that boasts a fireplace, high ceilings, and beautiful architectural wood beams. Decorative wood and authentic details are featured throughout the home, including period molding, bathroom tiles, and light fixtures.
An entertainer’s delight, the home has a large dining room, plus a period kitchen with updated appliances. Likewise, the spacious basement with wet bar also is great for entertaining. Central heating and air conditioning make for year-round comfort.
The large backyard, dotted with fruit trees, has a built-in barbecue, two fountains, and large covered entertainment area perfect for relaxing or large gatherings. Beyond an electronic gate is a two-vehicle carport.
About Architect Harry Hayden Whiteley
Born in Bakersfield in 1890, Whiteley studied drafting and was chief draftsman for Twentieth Century Fox Studios in 1920 after serving in World War I. He graduated in 1924 from the University of Southern California with a degree in engineering.
Whiteley went on to design elegant residences in Beverly Hills before World War II, working among architects Paul Revere Williams, Frank Taylor, and Adrian Wilson. He came to Henderson, Nevada, in 1942, designing worker housing for the Basic Magnesium Inc. plant. He returned to San Diego in 1943, where he worked until returning to Las Vegas in 1951. There he designed $10 million worth of public school buildings in three years, before developing a business designing tract housing for new subdivisions. He also designed a number of commercial and public buildings and recreational spaces, and working as consulting architect on the Las Vegas Convention Center. He died in 1970.
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