The house was not originally designed by Paul Williams, however the famous architect did a complete makeover of the property for the second owners David & Patrice Swedlow in 1949..
David Abraham Swedlow was born in Denver, Colorado on May 31, 1911. Swedlow began his career in 1934 making display items for department stores and movie studios. A movie newsreel touting a new material, acrylic, captured his imagination and he experimented for several years in a Hollywood garage, heating, molding and shaping the material.
He founded Swedlow Inc. before World War II. The company manufactured windshields, windows and canopies for military jets. After the war, it also made parts for commercial and military aircraft. He died at home in Corona del Mar after lengthy treatment at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Newport Beach on January 24, 1991. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea by his family.
The three bedroom, four bath house in 3771 sq.ft. is currently (January 2015) on the market listed for sale for $2,995,000 and described in the listing as "Architect Paul R. Williams blends classic ranch style with his signature Hollywood Regency élan! Spacious rooms radiate from a central "shotgun" hallway overlooking the generous rear terrace, lush landscaping, and huge pool w/"blue glass" cabana. Original details abound in the formal living room with fireplace, massive family room with fireplace and walk-in bar, formal dining and retreat room. An elaborate service area incorporates a breakfast room, kitchen, powder, ancillary kitchen, sewing room and laundry. Abundant storage throughout. The private master suite with compartmentalized bath, another bedroom with adjoining bath, and an additional en-suite complete the sleeping wing. Situated on an enviable street-to-street parcel, the estate is now available for first time since 1957".
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